Autumn 2013 - Power of Place

December 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy fall for me, as it probably has been for you. But now that the leaves and flowers are covered by a coat of snow I can finally get you my autumn images.Images at various sizes for downloading can be found in my SmugMug gallery. Clicking on the pictures on this page will take you to my ZenFolio gallery where you can purchase prints, coffee mugs and more.
 
Arriving at Cabrini College early on the last day of October, I was entranced by the foggy autumnal scene, and the Adirondack chairs provided a sharp contrast.
 
I was given a small zinnia early in the summer, and knew nothing about them. But I planted it, and it was a strong producer of colorful flowers well into the autumn. Its close-growing flowers in their countless shades of yellow/orange were fascinating. Capturing the zinnia in pixels, however, was a problem of focus. How to simplify the gorgeous crowd of blossoms to an image with a sense of direction?
I tried using the focus stacking technique to separate this Zinnia Quartet from the background. By stacking half a dozen images at varying depths to bring the foreground blossoms into sharp focus, while leaving the background flowers pleasantly blurred. Unfortunately, the image as a whole lacks focus. A 12x24 print will look very nice in the right place, but as an atmospheric rather than as a work of art.
 

Zinnia QuartetZinnia QuartetZinnia and goldenrod - stacked focus

 

Eventually I realized that the most interesting zinnia was an older, partially desiccated flower with some insect damage. I put the old zinnia on its own layer and de-emphasized the background layer with a black and white filter and a bit of blur. Old Zinnia would look great as a standout on canvas or paper at 10x15.

Old ZinniaOld Zinnia

 
The flower beds at the Bala Cynwyd post office are tended by dedicated volunteers, with great results. I pass the post office daily and have been wishing, for several years, for a chance to capture the blooming asters at the same time that the maples are showing their fiery autumn color. It happened, at last, a few weeks ago. Asters in Autumn is still my current desktop favorite, and I hope you like it as much as I do. 
 

Asters in autumnAsters in autumn

 
Several other vertical photos from the set may make even better prints, but will not be as useful for desktop backgrounds.

Aster in ChargeAster in Charge

 

Aster in Charge, at left, should look nice in any size from 8x16 up to 12x24, possibly on a stretched canvas mount without a frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Berries, below, will look best printed at 12x15 inches or larger.

Love to all,

Scott

Autumn BerriesAutumn Berries

 


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