It’s that time of year again when the trees are turning, storms are raging, and the light is often sublime. We had been waiting for some time for a return visit to Winkworth Arboretum, and finally got around to it last weekend. It seems some trees have turned and shed their leaves, others are sporting their autumn colours, and many are still thinking about it. As always, it was a nice morning out. I hope that this night’s storm did not cause much lasting damage. I can’t help but feel for the trees as they weather such storms, and also for those who have to deal with the damage later. The National Trust’s grounds keepers must have their work cut out for them in the south-east this week. Thankfully it seems that Winkworth has not been hit too badly.
The above image was taken tripod-mounted as a single exposure. The trickiest bit was keeping everything in focus: the constant breeze dictated a not-too-slow shutter, and the depth of field required a small aperture and careful placement of focus. Thankfully today’s cameras can handle relatively high ISO extremely well. Magnified live view with depth-of-field preview also really helps with manual focusing. I had not done such ‘formal’ photography in a while, and it’s always enjoyable. Processing involved only some selective curves for exposure balancing (not much here, really), and the usual global curves for adjusting contrast. As I generally do, I left the colour settings for a faithful reproduction – this particular tree has strikingly bold colour all by itself.
As always, I encourage you to click on the image for a larger version; comments welcome.