We generally have two fall foliage shows in Maine each year. First the maples and then the birches and oaks. The birches are actually kind of a bridge between the two, starting to turn with the maples and finishing up with the oaks. This year is different in so many ways, so it should not be surprising that the foliage is out of sync. There are lots of full color leaves still on the maples (or were until yesterday’s heavy rains), but the oaks are already turning. The oaks never achieve the brilliant red of the maples, and shade on over to brown all too soon, but they have their own character. Sony Rx10iv at 330mm equivalent. Program mode. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/800th and 380mm equivalent, ISO 100 @ f4.5 @ 1/1000th. Both -1EV. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
This is one of the reddest trees I have found this fall, and already with over half its leaves on the ground. We had an early turn, then rain, then high winds, so the fall, or at least the fall foliage, was fleeting this year. Sony Rx10iv at 30mm equivalent. Program mode with HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/640th. Processed in Apple Photos.
Another shot from my search for seasonal abstracts at Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine. Sony Rx10iv at 73mm equivalent. Program mode with HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/400th. -.3EV. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
I went out on my eBike yesterday, specifically to look for foliage photos…not landscape shots, but photos featuring the patterns, colors, and textures of the season. Abstracts. I will post a few over the next few days. Fall is passing fast this year, with more than half the leaves off the trees already, and with still a week to go before traditional peak foliage. What can I say? It is 2020. This shot, and those that follow, were taken at Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine. Sony Rx10iv at 67mm equivalent. Program with HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/400th. Processed in Apple Photos.
Silver Birch in September afternoon light. All about texture and shadow and highlight. Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
Something a bit different today. Along the back side of the loop at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, there was a land slippage on the high bank over Branch Brook last spring that took an overlook and part of the trail with it. One of the tall spruces that was on the edge of the bank is now down near the river, leaning against the back and out over the trail. It did not survive the fall, and is now slowly turning brown. They will get to it with a chainsaw one of these days soon, but for now it is like a rich bronze casting over the trail, especially in afternoon light. I moved in close and tried several different compositions out at the long end of the zoom, in an attempt to capture the effect. Sony Rx10iv at about 440mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications (which I also use for macro). Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
A bit of Silver Birch bark detail from Laudholm Farms in the crisp light of a clear early March afternoon. I like the way the texture of bark contrasts with the lovely bokeh of late winter, early spring forest. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
Three trees obviously. Pine, Maple, and Birch. Two at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and one just down the road at Laudholm Farms. I don’t know if you can call it a “good” use of an ultra wide frame of view, but I like to try it on occasion. 🙂 Sony a5100 in-camera HDR at 18mm equivalent. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic. The trick of course is to be really close to the tree…but then trees are not that shy.
This is my second shot of “the tree that holds up the sky…” for this year. It is, of course, just a particularly attractive, and big, tree at Emmon’s Preserve along the Bascom River in Kennebunkport, Maine. But it definitely has a “the tree that holds up to sky” feeling to it, or so I think. 🙂 Sony RX10iv in-camera HDR at 36mm equivalent. Auto HDR mode. Nominal exposure 1/160th @ f3.2 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.
“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light.” Jesus
Sometimes it is hard to the that tree, and sometimes it is just too hard not to be.
To the generous eye it is all one. God is a the God of infinite variety. We treasure each tree in its difference, and treasure the difference in each tree.