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A Touch of Sunlight

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 24 November 2021 in Landscape & Rural.


More glorious autumn, this time from the city of Łódź in Poland. I found this lovely scenery in one of the public parks. The range of autumn colours was fantastic and covered all hues from greens to yellow and oranges through to deeper auburn tones. Blue sky complimented the colour palette very nicely as well. I loved the reflections and a touch of sunlight brought wonderful vibrancy to the foliage.

We experienced a lot of good autumn conditions in a variety of different locations during our trip to Europe in 2019. While in Poland we mostly kept to the cities but that allowed us to visit many different parks scattered around. Because we stayed late into November, we were able to go through almost entire season change from late summer to deep autumn. It was great to see the leaves start to turn yellow, then orange and in last couple of weeks beautiful reds as well.

I had planned to visit this little park in the northern suburbs of Łódź and was very happy to find it blooming with fall colours everywhere. I particularly liked this spot overlooking one of the ponds. It was the kind of a picture perfect moment that I was hoping for. There was a great line of trees on the opposite side, superb still reflections in the water, autumn sunlight that was bright not as harsh as the summer light and soft blue sky as a backdrop. All elements works as well together and there was great colour harmony in the scene.

I moved along the shore to the right and to the left and panned with my camera from side to side to find a good composition. There were a number of trees that looked really good and I also tried various focal lengths to photograph wide perspectives as well as focusing on specific sections and parts of the landscape. This is a composition that I really liked because of the wide range of tones and because of the symmetry in the reflections. There were some debris and old leaves floating in the water and I had to pick a part of the pond that was most clear to minimise cleaning up in post processing. I still had to remove a small number of distracting objects as I wanted to keep the scene very pristine for this image.

That year was probably the first chance for a long long time that I was able to experience European autumn and it brought back a lot of memories from childhood. I really enjoyed that time of the year, even with its colder days, and look forward to do it again one day.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/50 second F/8.0 ISO 200 50 mm

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