Time of transition

Nikon D200, Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4G ED VR


I did not really have a plan for my photography last weekend in Dodge State Park. I just thought I look for the light that the transition between summer and fall provides. The leaves haven't changed color yet, only slightly. Green and the yellow of the wildflowers were dominating and I tried to capture this late summer mood in my pictures.

Maple leaves in back-light
Nikon D200, Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4G ED VR


I treated each of these three images a little different to make the important elements stand out. The Woodland Sunflowers (at least that's what we believe they are) have just some darkening around the edges applied. I used a very subtle 'Glamour Glow', one of my favorite filters in NIK's Color Efex Pro, for the back-light maple leaves. This gives it an almost ethereal touch.


Golden Rod
Nikon D200, Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4G ED VR

This meadow of Golden Rod was very beautiful and in order to get some depth of field I dialed in f/9.5. This left at the other hand too many distracting details in the background. The application of a neutral graduated filter in post suppressed most of them and separates the flowers from the background nicely.

These are all little things that don't take much time but they helped me to create the images as I want them to be seen.