24 | June
"Fading Branches"
General: 7:31 PM on 6/4/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/100sec | f/8.0 | 100mm (160mm) | ISO-100
Lens: EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure Bias: +0
Flash: No

I finally got out shooting yesterday evening. We were having thunderstorms, so the lighting was abnormal, not to mention some pretty cool clouds. I didn't shoot a lot except for some panoramics, which didn't turn out all that well. In fact, I'm not sure if I'll end up posting any from that set, but it feels good knowing my trigger finger has a job again. ;)

For this shot, I tried to get the leaves as crisp as possible (f/8) while maintaining iso 100, which is needed when you plan to significantly process an image. All I really did with this (besides brightness/contrast adjustments) was lots of saturation. Quit a bit in camera raw, and then more in PS. Also some hue ajustments to render the colors as true as possible. All standard stuff. If you're in Safari, the colors may appear a bit more saturated than they should, so keep that in mind. It actually looks quite tame in Firefox.

I'm working on another Phoenix skyline panoramic, this time with more buildings. Hopefully within the next several days I will finish it. Thanks for all your kind comments on yesterday's panoramic. I'm sorry if I haven't answered your questions/comments. Been a bit busy lately. The weekend should give me some time to catch up.

categories: abstract nature sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: owen
June 24th, 2005 at 6:44 AM

beautiful colours - you've done a perfect job with this one!! Shame you didn't get any pics of the lightning.

Thoughts of: jane
June 24th, 2005 at 7:53 AM

Beautiful - the colours in the sky are fantastic and the silhouette of the leaves is a great contrast.

Thoughts of: Bekah
June 24th, 2005 at 8:00 AM

Love the color gradient! Looks really good - almost surreal.

Thoughts of: genedavinci
June 24th, 2005 at 8:26 AM

the gradient of colours is simply outstanding. great job (again), ryan.

Thoughts of: sinstone
June 24th, 2005 at 9:03 AM

the gradient is excellent! i always love shadow forefronts... amazing picture ++

Thoughts of: Alec Long
June 24th, 2005 at 10:15 AM

Beautiful, Ryan. What amazing colors.

Thoughts of: alexandra
June 24th, 2005 at 11:39 AM

In Safari this looks a s lush as I'm sure you intended. Wonderful blend of colour through the spectrum off-set by the silhouetted branch of leaves. Love it!

Thoughts of: Nik
June 24th, 2005 at 11:49 AM

The colors are amazing!

Thoughts of: Ian
June 24th, 2005 at 4:04 PM

Fabulous colour blend, fabulous silhouette - I love this Ryan.

Thoughts of: Jeremy
June 24th, 2005 at 5:40 PM

Cool, I love all the colors in he Background. The leaves look great.

Thoughts of: paul
June 25th, 2005 at 8:14 AM

whoah, thats one hell of a background - superb silouette man

Thoughts of: zac
June 25th, 2005 at 9:21 AM

sweet shot! i'm a big fan of the dark silhouette against a colorful background. the composition is cool... gives it a graphic design vibe.

Thoughts of: pilgrim
June 27th, 2005 at 3:43 PM

Beautiful colors and silhouette! It seems a japanese painting!

Thoughts of: Mychael
July 2nd, 2005 at 5:04 PM

Wow, awesome capture. Nicely done.

Thoughts of: ty
July 5th, 2005 at 6:29 AM

nice! has an illustrated look to it..

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