Foliage at Harrisburg Lake
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Light Effect 2414

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Location: Edinburg NY US
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This fall foliage photograph was made on September 30, 2011, with a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 16-35mm f/4 lens at 19mm focal length, 1/50 second shutter speed and f/16 aperture. The ISO was set at 200, and there was a Nikon circular polarizer on the lens. The location is the shore of Harrisburg Lake in the town of Hadley, in upstate NY, USA within the Adirondack State Park.

I was simply riding around the area where I live searching for colorful fall foliage. This was an especially good year and the weather had been cooperative. Each year I produce a calendar with a selection of 13 of my favorite photographs from my travels that year. This one will be the month of October for 2012.

The most significant technical problems were in capturing the full depth of field and in preserving the delicate definition of the spectacular clouds and their reflections while bringing out the brilliant colors in the foliage. I was able to get the full depth of field using the 16mm lens at 19mm and f/16. the post processing with adjustments in Photoshop CS5 using several Curves and Hue & Saturation layers with masks resulted in the detail and striking colors of the image. The final step was in a very modest sharpening.
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Keywords: Foliage at Harrisburg Lake
Camera: D700
Lens and Filters: 16-35mm f/4 with Nikon circular polarizer
Film and/or ISO: digital ISO 200
Aperture: f/16
Shutterspeed: 1/50 second
Location: Harrisburg Lake in the Town of Hadley in upstate New York, USA
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Location: Sterling Heights MI US
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Mon 31-October-2011 03:14 Rating: 10 

GOOD JOB! You should add in your comment that you also captured the reflection of the beautiful,colorful sky in the water as well. I love this picture - this is just the kind of picture that I would like to capture for myself.
Light Effect 2414

Winner of a Best of Nikonians Annual Photo Contest

Location: Edinburg NY US
Posts: 10
Mon 31-October-2011 06:35

Thanks for the kind words. The reflection was indeed an important part of my intent as I envisioned the image in the field.