It took me something like 20 years to figure it out, but with our looooonnnngggg summer season we wind up compressing the fall and winter seasons to a few weeks. While the rest of the country is getting ready for their first sleet and snow storms we finally get our fall color.
I shot this on my way to the river yesterday (it was dry – again) in Duarte along Royal Oak Drive. Where is your favorite spot to find some fall color around here?
This image was shot 3 frames bracketed with photomatix generating the HDR file as well as doing the tone-mapping. The final image was post processed in Virtual Photographer to replicate the over saturated colors found on the old ‘chromes printed on cibachrome print material
Autumn for us isn’t about great swaths of color in our wooded areas and neighborhoods. Its more like an exclamation point of color among the evergreens. The grasses on the hilltops turn a golden yellow that is accentuated by the warm toned, long shadowed light we get this time of year. Yesterday I detoured off the Freeway on the way home in the late afternoon just to enjoy “our fall color”. Quite a few people had the same idea and were picnicking, horse back riding and hiking in the park. Nice days like this are for enjoying not being stuck in a cube.