The natural world is endlessly variable and surprising in what it brings to our eyes. In photography, much can be done to manipulate color, contrast, detail, and so on; this imparts mood and emotion vial tonality, shading, nuance. Playing with post-processing software is time-consuming (because it becomes so fascinating at times) and can lead to fun and interesting results. A palette of presets in software can be a blessing, or a curse.
Below are some pictures I took yesterday at the local botanical garden. Some trees were alight with color, others were wonderfully subtle when backlit by the setting sun.
The first group is the same image, processed four ways. I used Photomatix Pro, LR 5.7, and VSCO presets for LR.
These next images were of the colored leaves. Here in SoCal, colored leaves don’t exist in abundance! The leaves of native plants tend to be somewhat pale and small. Many are fragrant from resin, which makes for terrifying fires. The local botanical garden has brought in plants from different parts of the world, some of which put on a beautiful display in the fall. Lucky me to catch them!
At times I wish I lived someplace else. I miss the hardwood woods that change color in the fall and the rush of excitement when bulbs peep out through the snow. I don’t miss the snow, though – having lived near Buffalo, NY, I remember those winters, as I do the damp, miserable cold of Chicago in the winter. While SoCal is sometimes too monochrome, the beauty is there, too, if you look for it.