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autumn impressions

October 03, 2016  •  3 Comments

There is something about autumn that lends itself to photography of an impressionistic or abstract style, especially if the colors are not at their peak and fullest, and the light is altered by sets of altocumulus clouds that cross the sky like waves.  Talking with other photographers and artists this weekend, the fall colors are in various stages of development.  Some of the aspen almost have a washed out appearance, as if the trees did not have access to the perfect combination of moisture and nutrients, while others are nearly blinding.  It is a real pot luck.

In seasons like this, I lean toward the impressionistic or abstract image.  There is a lovely pond on roughly the north hand side of Highway 64 when you are driving from Tres Piedras to Tierra Amarilla.  It is fairly hidden and one can drive by it unless you are seriously looking for it.  This year, there was a slight breeze on the water, rendering an interesting reflection of spruce and aspen.  I shoot full photographs, and then crop to the most texturally rich part.  I do not use Photoshop at all for this type of image, but only make adjustments, such as contrast and tone, that a photographer would make in a darkroom.


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I have always marveled at aspen, not only because of the leaves but because of the branches that carry those leaves and the trunks that are so visceral in nature.

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Even in a muted phase, aspen leaves are lovely, especially when one tree carries reds and yellows and is directly in front of another with green leaves.

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I hope to get out and do more shooting this week, as the aspen and the scrub oak continue their autumnal evolution.

until next Monday,


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Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
Beautiful impressionistic images in contrast with realism is an interesting display! Very soulful!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
From impressionistic to realistic your photographs capture the shimmering reflections, the alabaster Aspen trunks the contrast of the a tree in full display against one still in its summer hue beautifully. I traveled the same US 64 Saturday to find the wonders of autumn in New Mexico.

Great to see you and Fred with his fabulous rugs yesterday. Hope to see you soon.
Larry Jones(non-registered)
Really missed seeing the aspens this year, and your photograph reminded me of that!
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