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Kaleidoscope of Colours

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 2 June 2021 in Landscape & Rural.

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Staying in autumn mood, I present another photo taken in Balingup during our very recent trip to this wonderful location. Slightly different colour scheme today, more into the fiery range of tones and I like how they were set nicely against the greens that still remained in the landscape. I really liked that separation of tones when I saw it. it created, for me, good depth and multi-layered composition that I was looking for.

We actually came from the other side, where you can see the bench and when I saw the vivid colours I knew we had to get amongst them. When we walked in, I could not find an image between the trees, branches and leaves. Initially, I was disappointed by that and thought that was it for this spot. However, as we walked further I turned around and then I saw what I was looking for.

I think what made it work from the opposite side was that the background was not too busy and it was just a shade brighter than the rest of the frame. That added to the tonal separation that I mentioned earlier and there was a natural flow to the scene, where my eyes wanted to progress through the colourful leaves towards the brightness at the end. Looking from the original direction, the leaves looked darker, the background was definitely darker and it all seemed to mix together into one blurry abstract.

Other than that, it was just seeing the simple beauty of autumn in the scene that really got me interested. In post processing, I worked a little bit more on the colour separation. It would have been easy just to turn the colour temperature up, saturate all of the warm tones and turn greens into yellows. That is how I used to process autumn photos and there is nothing wrong with that if that is one's artistic vision. However, with what I learned about colour and especially how it is affected through processing, I wanted to retain the natural feel of the scene where you can difference between red, orange, yellow and green colours. It is not always possible, depending on the range of tones present in a scene, but I hope that I was able to achieve that here.

Canon EOS R5 1/25 second F/8.0 ISO 100 35 mm

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