Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumn Color Studies

I take it back. Yesterday I complained about the lack of autumn color. It's still not as good as other years, but it's out there. I went to Norrie State Park, Staatsburg, NY to find color in the tangle, and I did.

The trick, at least for me, is to choose an overcast day like yesterday. To the eye, not a pretty day.  But it has the great advantage of even light -- on a sunny bright day, you lose color in highlights (which go white)  and shadows (which go dark).

The other trick -- keep out the sky.  The eye goes to the area of greatest contrast.  If there were a sky above these trees, the eye would keep going to it, and I want you to spend time in the detail.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lightroom Magic!

Monday I went to the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park NY for a short session.  The autumn colors this year are blah...don't know if it was too much rain or what, but the trees are dropping leaves without making a big show this year.  So I turned to Lightroom to turn prose into poetry -- at least that's the intention!

After Lightroom....
Before Lightroom...

After Lightroom...
I like the delicacy of the color and the burnt in quality of the blacks -- for me it seems to lift the image to another level.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Elegant Wedding Floral Arrangements in Connecticut

Love the beautiful floral arrangements at weddings -- from simple to complex, they add an essential grace note to the rituals.  These were made by Loretta Stagen of Stamford, Connecticut for a wedding at Belle Haven Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Elegant Wedding at Belle Haven Country Club

A sunset champagne toast to Marianne & Robert, who got married September 24 at the beautiful Belle Haven Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut!  

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