This was a Good Year for Fall Foliage

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This fall has been spectacular for foliage and leaf peeping around the Mt. Wachusett area.  October has been a month of sun and mild temperatures, no rain and little wind to knock down the leaves.  The results were what they talk about, deep reds in the blueberry bushes and oaks along with fiery yellows, oranges and reds in the maple trees.  Back that up against plentiful evergreens made for great viewing opportunities.

We took a foliage viewing trip up the coast as far as Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island in Maine and more of that to come in a later post, but for where we were the best was right here in our back yard.  This was taken earlier in the week as the sun was burning off the last of the morning mist.  I’ve been bracketing a lot of these fall shots for HDR images, hoping to really pull out not just color but a lot of detail that gets lost in the shadows as they deepen with the low but harsh sun.  After post processing this both as an HDR and a straight image, I’ve chosen the latter as the better image.  It was still early enough to keep the shadow detail and yet not blow out the highlights and I think ended up with a cleaner image.

Most of the bright colors have passed by now.  However with no bad weather in sight, we still have some spots of color and extended areas where, while faded, the views are still worth driving around for a look.  Hope that you too have had a chance to enjoy this fine fall weather.

Nikon D4 with 70-200mm lens @ 70 mm, ISO 100, f8.0, 1/100 sec.

This second shot is from later in the day and taken from the same spot, just turned a bit to the right.

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Nikon D4, with 70-200 mm lens @ 70 mm, ISO 100, f8.0, 1/80 sec.

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