Cincinnati's fall colors













A few stabs at fall colors, which were peaking just as I had to leave Cincinnati last week. SML, as the kiddies say. 

I didn't have much time to shoot, but was able to take a few photos while out and about -- mostly on rainy days as it rained or was deeply overcast during much of my visit to the Queen City. 

The top photo -- the best of this selection -- was taken in French Park. I think it works because we get just a taste of the leaves turning bright yellow in the top of the image, which contrasts quite nicely with the duller colors of the fallen leaves on the pathway. In between are three benches; things always tend to look nice in clumps of three. 

The second best shot -- the one of the guy fishing -- was in Sharon Woods. That one works because there's just enough color to keep it interesting. 

Autumn colors are tough -- I've always struggled with the colors, trying to figure out how best to reign them in, particularly the yellows, which can sometimes come across as too bright and dominant. In this photo from the Eastern Sierra from 2013 I was able to just reign them in enough for a good shot: 

Aspens and fall color in Lundy Canyon.

And in another shot from last year, I perhaps reigned the yellows in too much: 

Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierra.

Matt Kloskowski has some good fall color tips on his website. One of his suggestions is to use a polarizing filter. I didn't have one with me, so I tried the polarizer filter in Color Efex Pro, the NIK Software plug-in to Lightroom. Seemed like it helped. 
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--S.H.

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