Exploring the Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois on Monday October 26. The weekend crowds were gone, and I shared my early morning adventure with a coyote, a deer, a few other early-bird photographers, and a scattering of hardy hikers. The colors were spectacular; amazing how yellow everything was in the East Side forests; and my camera wanted to make them even yellower.
These shots are both panoramas: the vertical image from the East Side of the Arb is stitched together from 6 horizontal shots, and the horizontal image from the West Side is 6 vertical shots stitched together; both processed in Lightroom 2015 CC.
Fellow photographer friend Noriko Buckles and I were on a photoshoot in central Wisconsin, traveling from the International Crane Foundation to Pewits Nest Nature Area, when we were stopped short by a Road Closed/Under Construction situation. So we ended up on a roundabout drive through the autumn-colored rolling-hills countryside. We stopped a couple of times to take photos, and one of those stops featured a wonderfully-textured, distressed old barn and a shed. The shed was surrounded by grisly craggy trees and some old rusty farm equipment.
So here is where my artistic vision kicked in to transform the grey-sky, flat-lighted afternoon scene into something reminiscent of spooky halloween. In post-process, I darkened the exposure, added some texture, and then combined it with a full-moon image that I captured in September In Fox Point, Wisconsin on the night before the full blood moon eclipse. I added a blueish tone to the overall scene to give the it a feel of the night time, and then applied selected highlights on the grass and shed to complete the mood.
Just in time for Halloween - I hope you like it.
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