Just above eye-level in forest along the stream above Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains, where the trees are slowly turning in our frostless fall, this small shoot on the trunk of a large maple, caught by the sun behind it, appears as the flag of the fall that is still coming…the banner of autumn. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Apple Photos. ISO 160 @ f4 @ 1/500th.
Maple blossom, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — not an actual macro shot…this was taken at 1200mm equivalent from just about closest focus distance (maybe 4.5 feet) with the Sony Rx10iv’s Clear Image Zoom. I find that if there is enough detail in the image, and limited background, Clear Image Zoom works very well. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 160 @ f4 @ 1/500th.
A found still-live: a cluster of oak leaves still clinging on here on the cusp of spring in Southern Maine…as Oak leaves will do wherever they are found. iPhone SE 2020 with Sirui 60mm portrait lens on the Moment thin case. Standard Apple Camera app with 2x digital zoom. I am liking this combination. I have added a bluetooth grip to the phone setup for field work…it provides the kind of wrap around grip any camera user is used to, and has a bluetooth shutter release that falls right where it should, under your trigger finger.
Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — These viral growths in tree bark are common in the forest in Southern Maine, but I have rarely seen a tree with so many or such a convoluted tale to tell. Sony Rx10iv at 24mm equivalent. Program mode with Auto HDR. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Nominal exposure: ISO 320 @ f3.2 @ 1/60th.
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.