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Old Oct 17, 2009, 8:41 PM   #1
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Default Vermont Autumn Foliage

In commenting on several others' recent pictures, I've said that we've had a very beautiful foliage season this year, but I've been too busy to take any photos. Last night, while going through my photo folders, I realized that what I had said was not entirely true. Several weeks ago, as the trees were just starting to turn, I drove through Vermont's Groton State Forest. I was ahead of schedule, so I decided to take a very quick side trip to Kettle Pond, which is an easy 5 minute walk from a parking area. (My wife and I like to paddle around Kettle Pond, and as the years have gone by I have found it's no longer an easy walk when I have a canoe balanced on my shoulders, but this day all I took with me was the K20 and the 16-45 DA lens.)

I was pleased to see that trees along the shore line were more colorful than other sections of the forest. I wished it was a perfectly calm day, since a reflection in the water's surface would have made this a much nicer picture, but the breeze made the water's surface a bit choppy.
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Old Oct 17, 2009, 8:46 PM   #2
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Here are some colorful trees in the swampy area near the pond's outlet stream. I've read many times that you should not use a polarizing filter with a wide angle lens, since the sky will be affected in different ways depending on the angle of the sun. Of course, I didn't take that advice to heart, and I believe my use of a polarizer explains the different shades of blue in the sky. Oddly enough, I didn't notice this phenomenon while composing the picture, but it sure jumps out at me now. Oh well, live and learn.
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Old Oct 17, 2009, 9:19 PM   #3
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Both quite lovely shots, I think the filter gives the second one an interesting effect.

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Old Oct 17, 2009, 9:52 PM   #4
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Very nice color. You are right about the polarizer affecting the sky that way - I've done the same thing. Luckily my shot was a snow shot so I just converted it to black and white and it worked out well. Obviously, you can't do that with your picture! The colors are certainly pretty.
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Nice pictures. I happen to like the sky as rendered by the polarizer. Both shots are wonderful!

I know what you are referring to about the lake shore reflecting the foliage when the water is glass like. I was hoping to get such shots this fall but the weather was uncooperative.

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Old Oct 17, 2009, 10:50 PM   #6
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Nice ones, mtnman. You had your polarizer and I didn't. I think yours looks fine having used it.

I was going to go up north again today, but couldn't find anyone to go with me. The places I wanted to go I didn't want to be by myself. Maybe tomorrow when the hubby gets home. Or, the peak should be near my home next weekend. That is if the weather holds out.

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What wonderful colours, thank you for sharing.


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Beautiful colors. I'm afraid we're not going to get the great colors this year. The early results are just a dull brown, but I'm not giving up.

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Nice colors! Interesting sky effect in #2.

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Old Oct 19, 2009, 5:09 PM   #10
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Lovely color - and great use of lines too. Hope to see more of your fine work soon!
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