This time of year, photographers search for autumn color, and I am no exception. However, rather than spending money on plane fare to travel “up North” or “out West,” I go looking for fall color in Florida. Yes, leaves do change color here in the South; and we have the added advantage of Fall and Winter blooming flowers in our landscapes. Nice!

Some places are obvious choices for where to look, such as tree-lined lakes or river shores. Here are two that fit that category.

Other, less obvious, choices are marshes. I have a favorite marsh park in Oak Hill, Florida where I often look for birds. In September, some the marsh plants turned a vibrant orange, captured in this shot.

I decided to go back to the same spot again in October and found that the marsh still provided lovely shades of color, worthy of more pictures; one is shown here.

All of these were enhanced by using high dyanmic range (HDR) technology. The first marsh shot was created in the typical way. Shoot three photos of the same scene, the first at normal exposure, one underexposed and one overexposed. Most digital cameras, my Canon included, does this automatically using auto exposure bracketing. Naturally, a tripod is a must.

Once set up for the three exposures, and with the scene in focus, click the shutter, and three shots are fired. Then, combine the three pictures into one using HDR software, in this case NIK HDR Efex Pro. Much editing can be done in EFEX Pro, but I finished the job in Photoshop Elements.

And, the software also allows “cheating” to create an HDR photo from just one picture. This is useful when there is a lot of movement in the scene, such as in the river shot taken from a boat. But, it also works when I am too lazy to carry a tripod. Laziness was the case in the shots of the boardwalk / Lake Ashby shoreline and for the October marsh shot.

HDR is fun to use and can produce interesting effects… some call it “faux-tography.” To me, it is creative license.

I am still looking for Fall colors but soon will switch to wintering birds – the feathered ones, that is, and not the human snowbirds that are starting to arrive. This is another seasonal change and just as predicable.

The photos are all in my gallery and here is one that I used for a product in my store

Hope you enjoy some lovely Autumn weather and color! Lyn

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