Autumn III

Capture Date: 2005:10:23 18:58:22 Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure Time (sec): 1.0 Aperture: 32.0 Exposure Program: Aperture Priority ISO: 400 Exposure Bias: 0.00 Metering Mode: Multi-Segment Flash: Flash not fired; Compulsory flash mode Focal Length: 100.00 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f2.8 USM Macro RAW Coversion: Phase One - Capture One Pro OK, last in the series I guess... We had brown, we had red and here is yellow! The colours of leaves are just so spectacular around here in autumn... Trouble is, I never really managed to get a good 'autumny' picture, we are in the middle of an evergreen conifer forest and you don't get that many idyllic autumn scenes...;-) So, I decided to just pick some leaves from our garden and get real close and personal with them. As you probably guessed this image has undergone some post-processing. My intent here was to have a true as possible rendition of the striking yellows, hence flattening the distracting (even if neutral) background. The picture was setup by arranging the leaves on a sheet of printer paper and pointing my halogen desk light at them. The resulting image (although I did use custom white balance) is quite drab and frankly really boring. So, a bit of curves and histograms were used to bring out what my naked eye saw in the first place. For those interested, and with decent bandwidth (we are talking over 85 meg here!), I have made the Photoshop document, with all adjustment layers, available here. Make the adjustment layers invisible and you'll see what I started off with... the one main hack was done on the first Levels adjustment layer where I forced the background to almost pure white and masked off the leaves. The only processing that was done after this copy was saved was my routine of scaling, slight sharpening, adding of the white border and conversion to JPG for publishing. Do let me know if this is of any interest to anyone, uploading 85 meg is indeed tedious... The idea of showing how things are done (whether badly or well is up for discussions...;-) comes from the fabulous photoblog Paul is running at

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