Tree in Mist

This small tree was found in the heart of a forested area. There was a lot of mist around on this day, obstructing any kind of landscape views there might be, so I concentrated mainly on close-ups like this. These autumn leaves seemed to create a canopy, like a sheet over the forest floor. The greens, oranges and browns drew my eye to this scene. Had it been the middle of summer, I probably would have walked straight past.

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The red, autumnal leaves of a tree overhead. Maple trees like this always give good displays at around this time of year. The deep reds and oranges are actually present in the leaves year round, but only become visible once the green of the chlorophyll is removed by the tree.

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Two hands of leaves of a horse chestnut tree reaching down. These were both just a few centimetres from the end of the lens, at around the shortest focussing distance possible. They were on their own, with no other leaves or branches that low down, and a delicate light was just brushing against them. I seem to remember that it took a few attempts to get this shot thanks to wind, but it did eventually work.

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This fallen leaf was found exactly as it is seen here, resting on an old park bench. I tried a few different compositions with it, including some from further away that showed the leaf against many slats of the bench, but I think this particular closeup works the best. I think that with ‘found’ objects like this, it can be quite interesting to compare their similarities, particularly when one object has been placed there deliberately by man and the other randomly by nature. In this case, both objects are decaying, and will probably not last that much longer before turning back into dust.

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The Balcony

One of the advantages of visiting large gardens like this is the opportunity to shoot the combination of old pieces of architecture combined with nature that has also been architecturally constrained. That is, the line of trees in the background was planted by people to make this exact avenue, exactly as the piece of stonework in the foreground was placed. Combined, you’re left with a sense of how nature can be shaped to fit in with our expectations of how it should behave.

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Empty Road

This is an attempt to turn what would otherwise be a bit of a boring shot into something a little bit more interesting. Generally, I tend to take shots like this quite often when wandering about various places, hoping to do something with them later on through Photoshop. In this case, I changed the greens to a more orange colour, and added a couple of textures. I considered taking it even further, but thought that this is probably already far enough.

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Autumn Leaves

The white and yellow leaves of this tree were scattered around the roots like confetti. Whenever I come across a large tree like this, I almost always look first to the roots. If they are exposed, you’ll usually see interesting patterns that will be made all the more impressive if it happens to be Autumn. The leaves seen here are actually all from the same tree. They were yellow on the top and white underneath. I don’t think I’ve come across a tree with leaves that are so vastly different colours on both sides before, and I haven’t done since. Although this was shot in an ornamental garden, I didn’t look for the nametag for this tree, so it will remain a mystery.

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A cold Autumn evening in the Museum Gardens in York, UK. The ruins seen here are, I believe, from an abbey that dates to around the 11th Century, if not earlier. It was in use for several hundred years before the reformation under Henry VIII that eventually caused it to cease being used and fall into ruin. It’s strange to think that this is now in the centre of a fairly major city, and that when it was built and even when it stopped being used it probably would have been surrounded by rural countryside. It’s interesting that ruins seem to be one of those few things that survive the expansion of a city, whilst perfectly habitable buildings are knocked down and replaced.

A View of a Ruined Abbey in the Museum Gardens, York

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Museum Field II

Sunset over the museum gardens in York, UK. Another version of the same sunset seen in another picture, but from further back. It always amazes me how the light changes as the sun gets closer to the horizon. What would otherwise be a dull, flat scene becomes something more, entirely because of the light.

Three shot HDR, tripod mounted.
Processed in Photomatix Pro 4 and Photoshop CS4.

Sunset in Autumn

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Speeding down a tree lined avenue. There seem to be a lot of long, straight single laned roads around. A great number of them are also lined by trees. Whenever I come across one of these in Autumn, I always make sure to get some kind of picture, but it can be difficult to think of new ways of shooting this kind of scene.

In this case, I though a nice bit of blur would make the picture complete. Of course, it is added in post-production, as shooting thrree exposures for an HDR whilst moving is a little bit more than difficult. I masked the blur through, so that it is on full for the road surface, but slightly reduced for the trees so that you can see the trunks and branches.

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