Here in the UK we are having a wonderful autumn (fall). The deciduous trees are looking fabulous, with golds and oranges and reds showing strongly. One place that is looking especially good is Westonbirt Arboretum. It’s only about an hour from me, so last week I popped over there.
It holds the UK’s National Japanese Maple Collection, and a walk through that part of the Arboretum is like walking through a firework display. This maple was particularly colourful. I’ve applied an edge sharpening effect, and a corner vignette.
I was walking with a photographically-minded friend, and we were trying out some camera movement (creative camera shake!). This image used a fisheye lens and flash. The flash gave a sharp image overlaying a blurred image from the movement. The extreme wide angle offered by the fisheye lens meant that the corners of the image weren’t well illuminated by the flash. Result? Instant vignette!
This is a composite of two images. The base image is of an enclosure made from tree branches. It’s about 15 feet across, but the fisheye lens and low angle that I used made it look much bigger, with curvy sides. I increased the contrast so the branches were silhouetted. The second image is of a maple leaf I was holding. I selected just the leaf, and then placed it in the hole made by the branches. I then applied a bit of movement blur to the leaf to give the impression it was falling.
Get out there before the storms shake all the leaves off!