With serious time constraints this month I decided to take one glorious Crepe Myrtle in full Autumn colour and take 12 different shots of it, including camera movement which seems to be becoming the new ‘normal’. But I love the intense feeling you can portray using it. Meg at Move The Chair on the other side of the world is also doing this Take 12 so be sure to visit her Blog for different view of her day.
A day trip to The Gorge produced all the images for this months ‘Take Twelve’. Autumn in Australia. The Gorge is a property near my home that allows camping along its river banks and walking and fishing. The gorge itself is an hours walk along a rough bush track, worth it I’m told to see the waterfalls. We didn’t have time today as this was just a look-see visit. Meg at http://www.movethechair.wordpress.com has a Take 12 from the other side of the world in USA.
24-70 @ 66mm f4.5 @ 1/250s ISO 400
The last leaves of Autumn are still clinging to my persimmon tree. This shot I felt needed more depth to the background, so I used a Shadow House texture-Old Find and applied it as layer mode darken then erase over the most prominent leaves. www.shadowhousetextures.com I love the image now!
And because I’ve only just found Image Borders in Nik’s Color Efex Pro plug-in for Photoshop Elements I’ve added a second image of the same photo. This time as well as the border I used Nik’s Color Efex Pro’s filter Bleach Bypass. Two very different looks to the same image. I would love feedback on these images as to which you prefer and why.
70-200 @ 190mm f8 @ 1/80s ISO 100
Taken in Sydney last week while staying at my son’s place. This magnificent Liquid Amber two backyards away still has it’s full autumn colouring as they have had no wind for quite some time. Much bigger autumn trees than where I live and many more of them. Wonderful to look at and shoot.
70-200 @ 120mm f8 @1/125s ISO 100
All of April and into May we have had really warm days, the nights are cooling off but not cold yet. This has confused my Satsuma Plum into opening new leaf as if it was Spring instead of Autumn in Australia. I’ve just bought a new lens, a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 macro so the next week or so may be overloaded with shots from this lens as I try out its capabilities. So far I’m very happy. I couldn’t justify the expense of a Nikon 70-200mm lens and really wanted the macro capabilities some telephoto lenses have as well as the f2.8 aperture, so here I have all that at a reasonable price.