Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall Leaves


I started a new exercise regime - yesterday - but so far I'm 2 for 2. It's all about getting out of the house for an hour or two and walking. So yesterday I just got out of the house, took a walk up to one of my favorite parks (yes, uphill, it's supposed to be exercise). I got to the park and relished in the beautiful morning. The clouds were half full and blocking a bit of the sun casting the perfect light over the green landscapes. There was a Swiss flag, cows behind it, and Lake Zurich with the snow-capped Alps as a backdrop. To my dismay, I left without the camera. I decided to just take in the beauty and once I got home, I'd return with the camera.

Well, that did not happen until today. I knew then that I had missed the shot but I was hoping for the same forces to combine. Unfortunately, the sun blared and the cows were in a different pasture and hazy clouds covered the Alpen backdrop.

However, it made me focus on other beautiful things. The Fall Leaves. I love fall pictures, they are great for Christmas cards. If you want family photos or kid photos taken with the leaves, call me.

TIP OF THE WEEK:

White Balance. It can make all the difference in the world to your photograph and that point was reiterated to me as I played around with my WB settings this morning.

This one looks like I took it on a cold, almost icy winter's day. This was Auto WB.

These two look warm, like Thanksgiving dinner. And today was warmer than it was cold. This better represents what it actually looked like and it has a "homier" feeling.


This one I played with in Aperture afterwards. I upped the contrast and black point.

Here are some shots from a few days later of my sweet baby girl




Oh, and to everyone sitting at home reading this, I challenge you to get outside today or tomorrow, with your camera, and enjoy nature.

6 comments:

Tammy Niemann said...

Jess! WOW...I am so impressed. You are so talented! I'm excited for the exercise program. Walking is great exercise! Keep up the good work!

Chelsea F. said...

Beautiful Jess! Love the ones of Kelsey in the leaves.

Chelsea F. said...

Beautiful Jess! Love the ones of Kelsey in the leaves.

Mikaela said...

What did you do, that is one of my
HUGEST pet peeves with pictures!!!! How did you change the setting to improve it, it is amazing? you do beautiful photos I wish I had the motivation to actually do my camera justice.

Mikaela said...

What did you do, that is one of my
HUGEST pet peeves with pictures!!!! How did you change the setting to improve it, it is amazing? you do beautiful photos I wish I had the motivation to actually do my camera justice.

jessi said...

Wow. The close up picture of Kelsey in the leaves is just gorgeous. I am excited to have that picture of the path behind our house that is also listed in your post. It holds a lot of meaning for me.