Photographer's Note

it's raining cats and dogs outside right now, so, opening my october folder and looking at this capture was a nice, refreshing flashback for me.

these two greet me on my way to work every morning. of course, their greetings become especially joyful in october (my compliments to the local landscape designers for excellent fall timing here). i was reluctant to show the picture to the broader community due to what i believed was a rather ugly looking building facade in the background. however, today i decided, it was what it was. so, here we go (and for the spirit of that resolution i have to thank my friend fulvio here who might pick on me today for posting another "tree hugging" photo... but didn't i mention already: "it is what it is". :) an excellent introduction to the wild-wild-west in his gallery, by the way).

the reason i have decided to share the picture today is that i believe it to be a good example of the radiance and contrast in new england fall colors. and, i know, some will say these colors are "not natural". to them i can just suggest to pay a visit to new england countryside in october.

technical notes:
the shot was taken late-noon on a very sunny and crispy (chilly, with neither humidity nor haze) day. exposure was read off the sky with -1/3 exposure compensation to preserve the greens. postproduction: practically nothing. slight curves correction, fixing the midtone point and raising the mid-point of highlights almost unnoticeably. this enhanced the blacks a bit and made the whites on the doors slightly more luminous; resized to TE size; and applied unsharp mask (100% with 0.3 pix radius and 2 level treshhold). i wasn't even sure whether i needed that. the picture was sharp enough even after resizing.

would love to hear your thoughts about the scene.

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Additional Photos by Kristaps KL (zmey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 95 N: 1748] (7335)
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