Photo Fix

I felt the need to post some photos.

We’re in November, and November occasionally, at least around here, means incredible sunsets. I look forward to capturing them, but meanwhile . . .

The photo used below comes from the set used in THIS POST. The Galleries referenced in that post are HERE, HERE, and HERE (this one is actually a sunrise).

I chose a photo from November 17, 2010, to illustrate the problem with showing sunsets. 

Here’s the photo exactly as it came out of the camera (RAW):


This was taken along County Line Road, looking Northwest. The photo has no treatment other than default camera settings.

However, even that treatment can be minimized in Lightroom by choosing the “Neutral” setting for the RAW treatment, like so.


The Neutral setting is what I use before making any adjustments to the photo, and my current adjustments set produces this:


Understand, this is still “less” than what I remember seeing. At the time, I used DxO Suite to come up with this final adjustment.


Photos are a representation of our memory . . . I adjusted the photo to reflect the visual impact of what I had seen. This is probably a bit more vivid than it should be, but then, most sunsets are interpreted by the photographer or the camera software, so they are unlikely to be exact reproductions.

Here’s a B&W rendition of the above.


But, that’s not why I wanted to do this post . . . 

. . . you see, this morning, as I was sitting eating breakfast, I looked across the back yard at the last remaining leaves on the silver maple. The blue sky and clouds made a nice backdrop to the leaves. 

I grabbed my camera, mounted the 80-400mm lens, and shot some pictures as I sat at the table (I opened the sliding door). Warning; there are some near duplicate shots (I hate wasting photos).

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Then I thought a portrait-oriented photo might look better . . . 

Fall colors,

. . . maybe zoomed in a bit . . . 

Fall colors,

Wait! . . . go back out a bit . . .

Fall colors,

Yeah . . . now, zoom in a bit . . . 

Fall colors,

Yeah, yeah . . . a bit more . . . 

Fall colors,

Can you get another angle?

Yeah, but I have to get up, and go out on the deck . . . hold on.

How’s this?

Fall colors,

Yeah, but can you zoom in again?

Fall colors,

Better . . . but is this the best you can do? 

How about a 1:1 crop?

Fall colors,

That’s a small nest . . . I was thinking hummingbird, but it’s too big for one (also the materials are wrong).

I will have to look for birds in my trees next year . . . if we’re still here.

Meanwhile, more views from my breakfast table . . . 

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

Fall colors,

OK, that’s it . . . that’s all the shots I took.

As usual, one can click on each photo for a larger view in a new window or tab.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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11 Responses to Photo Fix

  1. oneowner says:

    I like your DxO sunset shot, but even more so, I like the black and white conversion better. The foreground is a little more open and the sky looks even more dramatic. Very nice shot.


  2. I can see from photos exposed on instagram and internet that people probably see different things especially in nature, and have different cameras and filters, and very often I don’t recognize the real world. Not talking about you now. I love following you through this. My “problem” I love (almost) all the different varieties.


    • disperser says:

      Really, it’s not a problem . . . finding things that interest, that inspire, that give a moment of pleasure, that even for an instant stimulate our brains with wonder is most definitively not a problem.

      . . . and if it is, then I have all sorts of problems . . .


  3. I like the photograph with the nest. It tells a story that the leaves have hidden from you. There has been a lot of activity going on in secret and its only now you are aware. Amelia


    • disperser says:

      It was a surprise seeing it there; that tree gets a fair amount of bird activity. It’s foliage is also not that dense . . . although, apparently, dense enough for me not to notice.

      I now have to go back and see If the nest shows up in any of the photos I took through the summer and fall.


  4. Your photos are a joy to look at! :-)
    The nest was a cool find! and you captured it beautifully!
    I walk every eve at sunset…last nights was particularly colorful!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. Excellent photo of the birds’ nest. It’s amazing what you can see once the leaves have fallen. The sunset photos are cool, too. My husband loves to take those when he’s out on his walks. Thanks for sharing. ;-)


  6. AnnMarie says:

    That B&W sunset shot is an attention getter. And that “better” branches/nest shot (before the 1:1) is stunning. Patterns of all kinds are always so attractive to me. Beautiful shots, bro.


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