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Autumn Evening

By CliffGreen    
Whilst walking in Glen Affric last Autumn, I noticed these trees being lit by the setting sun.

Many thanks to those who commented and voted on my previous upload "Ardvreck Shower".


Tags: Sunset Landscape Scotland Trees Glen affric Landscape and travel

Voters: Philip_H, zapar40, AnnChown and 14 more

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5 Jan 2013 4:11PM
Beautiful light.


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AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 5:01PM
This image has a lovely feel to it.
5 Jan 2013 5:52PM
A realy autumn landscape with warm light.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
5 Jan 2013 7:42PM
A lovely golden light, Cliff. It might be eyesight but the highglights look a tad bright. I reduced those and increased the contrast for a richer colour in PSE8.

5 Jan 2013 8:59PM
Thanks for looking, Dave. I have reviewed the histogram in LR4 and there is no clipping and I think the light is how I remember it. However, I have enabled modifications if you would like to upload your version.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
5 Jan 2013 9:14PM
Hi Cliff, cheers for the mods. I've changed computers so have just had a quick re-work on this one. The histogram is fine, it's probably just my personal preference for a deeper and richer colour maybe. I decreased the highlights a touch and increased the contrast. Mod uploaded.

5 Jan 2013 9:23PM
Dave, I see what you mean. Your modification does have a richer feel and MrsCliff1944 agrees!
Thanks for taking the time - much appreciated.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:05PM
I can see why you'd want to take this image with the light highlighting certain areas
and making you stop in your tracks. I do like Dave mod - does enrich the scene a bit more.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3768 Canada
5 Jan 2013 11:23PM
So just to add to the topic, Ive uploaded a mod also.

The histogram of the original does not show any lost data in either highlights or shadows. It does however show that around the mid tone area, there a LOT of data that going off the graph vertically. Horizontally, on the X axis, the measurement represent to tonal range from black to white; vertically, the Y axis represents the AMOUNT of light captured at that particular tone. This is not often an issue.

In this shot though, its causing a very high mid-tone contrast, making the brighter area appear very bright relative to darks. When mid-tones contrast is reduced, (Yes, reduced!) it provides a more even tone across the image.

And, Mrs Cliff is the boss.

So there it is. And to close on a note that might be controversial, you CANT remember what the light in a scene looked like. Its physically impossible. The eyes arent whats "seeing" the scene, its the visual cortex of the brain, and it processes the image, and presents an imge of what the scene "should" look like. Its has a vastly wider dynamic range that a camera sensor, so what you see at the exact time you click that shutter IS NO wgat the camera, wit its limited 5 stop range, recorded. This is exactly why "eye witness evidence" is rapidly becoming the LEAST reliable form of evidence in court rooms. We see what the visual cortex tells us, and it often fills in blanks.

Ask Mrs Cliff, - she will back me up!

Hope this is helpful,


6 Jan 2013 11:52AM
Willie, thanks very much for the explanation - off to look at the histogram now!
Very good lighting and well spotted,


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