Fall is just around the corner where I live. We are approaching 4 months straight of dry sunny weather, very unusual where I live and the nights are just starting to get really cool now. Of course, along with that comes the turning of the leaves. I love the contrast between the maples as some go a bright green while others turn a crimson red. This beautiful photo of a country road stretching off into the morning mist and lined with maples showing off their various autumn colours encouraged me to look forward to the coming displays of colour. Of course, many of you are probably well into the ‘colourful’ part of the season by now, depending on where you live. This photo is simple, but beautiful with nature doing the hard work, as is often the case. Hope you will tolerate some more autumn photos over the next month as I do get inspired by the seasons!
This spectacular aerial photograph was taken from a helicopter above rugged Nā Pali Coast State Park on the northwest coast of Kauai, Hawaii. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one is worth ten thousand! This beautiful picture really speaks for itself, with its rugged beauty; striking, but real, colours; beautiful composition; deep shadows that bring out the rugged landscape; clouds spilling over the tops of the mountains and more. Enough said! Just enjoy.
This breathtaking sight is certainly not something you see every day. Iceland has some truly amazing scenery and is also known for its volcanic activity. This 100 square kilometre ice cap in Iceland called Eyjafjallajökull covers a volcano which, prior to this eruption, hadn’t erupted since 1823; a period of 177 years. You may well remember this 2010 eruption in the news as the resulting ash disrupted air travel over much of Europe. Anyway, enough with the background, this photo is brilliant and shows an incredible drama unfolding as nature pits one element against another; in this case fire on ice. Taken from just 10 kilometres away the photographer captured this photo at the perfect time of day to really bring out the contrasting elements of this dramatic event. There is just enough light to see the details and texture of the rugged terrain, yet it is still dark enough to show off the intensity of heat and fire from the volcanic eruption.
Stairway to heaven came to mind when I was trying to think of a caption for this very atmospheric night time photo of a stairway leading up a steep hillside in Montmartre, a historic district located on the highest hill in Paris, France. Just go towards the light! Of course at the top of this hill is one of the most significant and recognized landmarks in Paris – the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, a highly religious symbol itself. But, the reason I chose this photo wasn’t so I could come up with a catchy caption. I came across this photo while doing some research for another project and the intense mood it evokes caught my attention right away. The architecture and buildings in Paris lend themselves well to the overall romantic feel of the city and in this beautiful photo the composition and lighting play right along. The brilliant street lamps bath the entire scene in a beautiful soft light that accentuates the stairs and the architectural features of the adjacent building with soft shadows where no single detail is lost – quite remarkable considering the bright lights beyond. The way the light splashes off parts the iron railing is also a very pleasing effect. All in all, everything in this photo is beautifully bathed in interesting lighting.
Something a little different today! This photographer is very creative with the use of light and exposure. This is indeed a photo of a real rose and was photographed using a very small aperture and a long 6 second shutter speed. The effect is almost surreal and certainly produces a very different and artistic rendering of this near perfect rose. The lighting and exposure bring out the texture and beauty of this rose in a way that is both soft and subtle, yet dramatic at the same time.