I’m working on a through-the-seasons project. So, over the last couple of years, I have been gathering photos from Chautauqua Gorge in Western New York and it is my opinion that a gorge is a very challenging place to make photos!
Because of the steep walls and tall trees, you end up with scenes that have very bright spots contrasted with very dark spots. Take this one for example:
The sky and leaves in the upper part of the picture are washed out compared to what my eye was seeing. I wish I could have gotten the same deep rich colors above as you now see reflected in the water below. (I suppose there is a way in photoshop to make that happen?)
Still, I had quite a bit of fun today, attempting awesome shots. I used my polarizing filter for all the shots and set the exposure compensation down a couple of notches (which is supposed to enhance the sky blue).
I consider the colors to be “peak” when there is still a bit of green and few, if any, branches are bare. Such is the case this weekend in Western New York.
There were some spots along the creek where the water was still enough to make awesome reflections. This made for some interesting, almost abstract photos:
I kinda like the way this one turned out, too. I just put my camera down near the rocks and snapped… Didn’t even look through the view finder…. Just let the camera surprise me:
Happy Autumn! And, Happy Thanksgiving to Canadian readers!