Feeling Fall


Category:  photography

Tags:  nature

I went outside today and took some pictures. It was cold and wet but the pictures turned out great. NEF available on request.


I looked out the window of my classroom today and saw that the wind had picked up and the leaves were falling off the trees rather quickly. I recently got tripod and found a macrophotography lens. I saw the vibrant red and orange colors and I wanted to take some pretty pictures.

I had very little homework so when I got home, I emptied my backpack and filled it with photography equipment: my camera (which you can read about in my previous article), a tripod, and a remote shutter release. I went behind my house, cut through a few backyards (sorry) and ended up overlooking a steep hill. One slip down the hill later, I found a growth of trees. As I reached to take a picture, I realized that I had forgotten my macro lens at home. I trudged back home and got my macrophotography lens—a Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8G.

I fumbled with the lens caps, tripod, and the lenses themselves with numb fingers until I couldn't feel my nose. I spent roughly 45 minutes taking about 60 pictures. Most of them turned out terrible, but I found a couple that I really loved. After some touching up to get rid of the overexposure and lack of sharpness, I had a few pictures that I was happy with.


Click on each image for the full size.

Berries

This was one of the first pictures that I took. It was definitely overexposed, but unless if I decided to create an HDR or a multiple exposure, I really couldn't do much about it without losing details on the berries. I didn't bother too much for fixing the background in Darktable since it looked mostly fine.

More berries

A similar issue with this picture. It is difficult to capture detail on the berries without the background being overexposed.

Fuzzy plant

This is one of my favorites. There were these weeds on the hill that I had to grab on so I didn't slip on the mud, and the weeds had these fuzzy tops. I decided that it would make a great picture. This was a difficult shot since the wind was moving the plant so I had to keep the exposure time low to prevent blur, but I had to increase the aperture to compensate. Because the aperture was so large, there was a lot of the image that I wanted to be in focus that simply wasn't. However, after a few tries, I was happy with the result. Touching up this picture was another issue entirely. Due to the relatively large aperture size, the sky was again overexposed. After fumbling around with Darktable, I managed to touch up the sky. Let me know how I did since it was the first time I actually touched up an image.

Berry silhouette

This (along with the other silhouette) was an experiment to see how much detail I could capture without overexposing the background. Answer: not much.

Singular berry

Ignoring the slight blur from my inability to keep the camera stable, this picture is suitably dramatic. A singular berry in focus with a drop of water collecting on the bottom part. If only I could keep the monopod steady.

Many berry silhouette

This was another exposure test, but the focus this time was on cloud details. The sun is obviously overexposed, but the picture looks fairly dramatic. I am happy with this one.

Many berries

Similarly to the dramatic singular berry shot, I wanted something with contrast and with a drop of water on the berries. After some color adjustment, I am happy with how this turned out.

Two twigs with berries

This was an experiment with the telephoto lens to see if I could create an image with as much flair as the close-up berry shots. I would say that I succeeded. However, the contrast in the image is lacking.

Bird in flight

I am very proud of this picture. It seemed to be luck (or perhaps my CS:GO tracking skills showing through) that I was able to capture this bird in flight. This is also one of my favorites.

Two twigs with many berries

This was the last picture I took today. I tried again with the telephoto lens but I wanted something with a better background for contrast. I think I succeeded.


All in all, I am glad that I took this little outing. I had some hot chocolate after in front of the fireplace and adjusted the images to be more vibrant and to be how I envisioned it to be. Tomorrow the full moon is coming out. Let's hope it's not cloudy.

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