Monday, November 16, 2009

Lost Maples 1

We arrived home yesterday evening from our weekend trip to Lost Maples State Natural Area near Vanderpool, Texas. This area is famous for the fall colors of its many Maple trees this time of year. We had watched the foliage reports on the Internet and knew this past weekend was supposed to be the peak time for fall colors. You don't get to see New England like fall color changes in Lost Maples to be sure but Lost Maples is about as good as it gets within convenient driving distance of Houston. You can see in today's photo that while there were some beautiful colors in the trees the majority of the foliage is ever present green.

Title: "Lost Maples 1"

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom
Post-processing: Photomatix Pro to combine three tirpod exposures (-2, 0, +2) into one High Dynamic Range (HDR) Image > Photoshop CS3 > Topaz Adjust plugin


Anonymous said...

I have been looking forward to a trip there but work has thrown antoher curve. I hope you were able to get more pictures. I like driving in that area. You should go back so I can ask more questions. You do great work and I like your style.
David A.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks David!

I appreciate the encouragement! It keep me going! Hopefully I'll have some more posts from the Lost Maples area later this week!


Marco Reis said...

Hi Barry!
I just started to follow your blog here from Portugal.
Great contrast of fall season leaves...

Larry said...

Nice shot Barry. How did your component shots look on this one? I was just wondering if you had too sacrifice some interesting lighting coming through the trees in order to achieve the HDR? Looking forward to more Lost Maples shot.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Marco and Larry!

Marco - I glad you like the shot and welcome to my blog!

Larry - I'll have to take a look at the component shots later to be able to answer your question. As I remember it the light was pretty even and the HDR mainly kept the sky from blowing out. I'll follow up with you though after I get home and can check out the three original images.