October 9, 2013 – Some Fall Color and Max

 

I’ve had some hard luck with Fall Colors in 2013.  Both available weekends to shoot them at my usual locations were cloudy and rainy.  So I tried to salvage something out of it by doing some local stuff.

While at lunch from work, I went to the Lions Loon Creek Park in Coon Rapids; same spot as the Snow Shots from April 23 (one of my most popular pages this year).  The results fell a little flat, but here are a few anyway.

The music for this page is “Madonna” , her self-titled debut CD from 1983.  In my opinion, it’s pretty darned hard to find a better Pop song than “Borderline”…like her, love her or hate her, Madonna’s abilities in the Pop music world are undeniably superb.

 

 

OCT 9 2013  004Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/8 and a 1/100 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 18mm (APS-C).

Standard tree shot.  Good yellow leaves.  I searched for some reds but found none.

 

 

 

OCT 9 2013  005ANikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/8 and a 1/160 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 35mm (APS-C).

Along the creek I saw this.  It almost looks desert-like, doesn’t it?  As usual, I can count on my Nikon D5000 to deliver a contrasty, colorful image.

 

 

 

OCT 9 2013  006aNikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/8 and a 1/40 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 18mm (APS-C).

A mistake image.  What’s wrong with it?  Plenty.  First of all, this is a prime example of something being scenic, but not photogenic (which I discussed during my North Shore visit, found HERE and HERE).  This image was shot into the sun, whereas I should have been positioned on the opposite side of the bridge.  Next, there’s too much yellow; no contrasting colors (except maybe the black).  The trees are way too dark and don’t stand out from the background.  The bridge almost looks crooked as the angle gives us a goofy horizon.  Finally, I had to do a panoramic crop as it was framed so poorly.  Why is it here?  Because it’s helpful to show failures once in a while.

 

Coon Rapids auto thieves missed capitalizing on another mistake I made; I walked away from my car with it unlocked and the keys laying on the passenger seat!  Anyone want a FREE brand new 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV?  As I traversed the park I realized my keys weren’t on me, and had to cut my visit short.  Not that it mattered.  There just wasn’t much to shoot there.

 

 

OCT 9 2013  010ANikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/5 and a 1/200 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 35mm (APS-C).

After work I stopped by my parents and grabbed a few shots of Max with the leaves.  I used fill-flash here, otherwise he’d be pretty dark.  Max doesn’t want me to take photographs, he wants me to play.  Poor Dog!

 

 

 

OCT 9 2013  011Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/6.3 and a 1/200 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 18mm (APS-C).

Max with his Devil BallHappy dog!  Shot in Program, of course.  He moves too fast for Manual (or I’m too slow, or a combo of both).

 

I have bad vibes about getting a substantive Fall Color shoot in this year.  We’ll see, but my guess is I’m going to get skunked.  I’ll have to try again in 2014.

 

 all images © Scott Woelm – October 2013