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Autumn walk

By DRicherby
A simple and much-repaired farmer's fence, picked out by the light of the setting sun. The road it's beside is close to my house and crosses the border from Leeds to Bradford. The bottom of the hill, in Bradford, is signed 'Old Hollins Hill', which is also the name the Ordnance Survey uses; curiously, the Leeds end spells it 'Hollings'.

With my critique hat on, I spend a lot of time talking about white balance. Auto white balance corrects for what it thinks is the colour of the ambient light, and that's great for stopping indoor portraits looking like the Tango Man. It's not so good when the colour of the light is the whole reason for taking the shot. The rich, golden light of the late afternoon (well, mid-afternoon, this time of year; almost lunch time, really...) is one such case; sunset is another. Use daylight white balance to capture the light that your eyes see, rather than the light that the camera thinks you want to see.

I also advise people to check the histogram and the camera's overexposure warning to make sure that the highlights aren't blown. Doing that here led to a negative exposure compensation to keep the brightly lit parts under control and let the shadows fall into, well, shadow.

All comments and criticism welcome.


Thursday, 7th October, 2010.
111mm, f/5.6, 1/50s, ISO-200.
Daylight white balance, -2/3 exposure compensation.

Tags: Light Autumn Country Yorkshire Field Tree Fence Lane Walk Countryside Rural Pastoral Landscape and travel Esholt

Voters: User_Removed, LynneJoyce, Bravdo and 84 more

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LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 12:52PM
Wow, fabulous light! Love it.
Bravdo 13 17 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 12:55PM
Great shot and good POV. LOve it to.
Blundez 14 3
26 Nov 2010 12:56PM
Beautiful image and should be seen Large for the full effect.
Interesting comment about white balance as I am guilty of letting the Camera take care of it and only adjusting after the fact.

The colours are lovely and rich and when viewed large you have caught the texture and "well repaired" feel of the fence.

Great composition.
gingerdelight 15 298 11 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 1:07PM
A superb image, you have captured the light beautifully.
DeSilver Plus
14 14 12 England
26 Nov 2010 1:12PM
I like this one a lot. the light, colours, shadows all very nice.

Richsr 14 91 223 England
26 Nov 2010 1:17PM
Cracking light and light the details and colours too. Interesting how something so simple can be transformed by the right light.
Good work.
Regards Richard
26 Nov 2010 1:23PM
Great lighting.


Thanks for the input.
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 1:32PM
your write up is so technical ... I am totally lost
But I do know this is a belter in my eyes
Regards Barbs
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 1:40PM
Thanks for the mod, Lynne. Quite subtle, as it doesn't affect the fence very much but the effect on the trees is very nice.

Blundez wrote:
> I am guilty of letting the Camera take care of it and only adjusting after the fact.

Well, you shoot RAW so it doesn't matter so much. There's no difference between setting the white balance in the camera and in the RAW converter. In fact, I normally use auto and correct in the RAW converter if I need to but I shot this partly in mind of illustrating the point. Smile
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
26 Nov 2010 1:51PM
I o love the sort of shot: what I call in my own terminology a 'limited landscape' where one homes in on a particular part of what might be a larger view. The exposure seems perfect, capturing the rich colours from the low sun. Lovely bit of photography.
phil99 15 45 6 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 2:20PM
Superb lighting in the centre and appears ( intential or not) to have a slight vignette . Super colours and a simple composition which works beautifully . One of your best IMO ....PhIL
JeniTLC 13 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 4:29PM
A delightful warm and rustic scene.
Silverzone 14 2 England
26 Nov 2010 6:33PM
I like this natural scene, beautifully lit. Sylvia
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 8:12PM
Thanks, Phil. I did indeed vignette it but the two corners on the left were already very dark and the bottom-right was quite dark, too. So most of the effect was to bring the top-right corner into line with the others.

Has anyone noticed the spider's web? Smile
Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 8:17PM
this is a very beautiful and natural capture of light and the way it plays with the surroundings, this makes for a very restful image which would be easy to live with on a wall, a window on nature

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 9:28PM
Ok, had to view large to see the spider's web...but it was worth it. I like the subtlety of the area behind the fence, the lovely lines of light that outline the fence, and your framing with the shrubs.
videotec 13 8 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 10:05PM
A super image Dave, lovely light, got the Histogram to your liking EH!---LOL
I quite like the Mod
kforeman 12 1 England
26 Nov 2010 10:51PM
lovely pictures again. thanks for the comment on Skye
imagio 15 12 1 England
26 Nov 2010 10:59PM
Lovely light and so well exposed

26 Nov 2010 11:06PM
Great lighting lovely image.well done.
kforeman 12 1 England
26 Nov 2010 11:42PM
Are you on ?????
NeilWigan Plus
11 17 16 England
26 Nov 2010 11:50PM
good light and comp ,well taken shot.
debu 11 India
27 Nov 2010 2:47AM
Lovely image with beautiful light and colour.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
27 Nov 2010 3:57AM
Love the lighting in this. Especially the highlighted boards on the fence.............Sandy
jim5955 12 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2010 8:16AM
Thank you for comments on my fox very useful I love your image
Ray42 13 3 England
27 Nov 2010 9:00AM
An opportunity very well spotted and taken Great lighting - a very lovely scene and well worth viewing large - I like the touch of the spiders web
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2010 11:58AM
A golden shot in every way.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2010 1:04PM
A fence is always an invitation, and a challenge. Gorgeous light catching the wood. And photography should be all about the light.
Ezo 11 7 England
27 Nov 2010 2:22PM
Great shot and the ambient light is spot on.
Dave87 14 42 5 England
27 Nov 2010 8:48PM
Itís the lovely lighting captured here that makes this shot for me. Ticks all of the boxes - love this and a shot not to be missed.

27 Nov 2010 9:30PM
Such a tranquil and untroubled composition, fab feel and yet another great autumnal image, so well executed.
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2010 11:34PM
Gosh, a GEA! Thanks, Val — very much appreciated. Grin
28 Nov 2010 11:28AM
excellent autumn image.ray
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
28 Nov 2010 5:26PM
Lovely composition and light.
28 Nov 2010 9:17PM
lovely ..images
astyag 14 12
29 Nov 2010 7:54AM
Love that light of the setting sun... Brilliant angle and superb PoV indeed
Phil_L 12 19 1 Wales
30 Nov 2010 10:24AM
Splendid country cameo Dave. Above plaudits well deserved. Much thanks for your continued support. The bottles were just Friday nights btw....though I did start early. Cheers, Phil.
vickyf 16 8 8 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2010 10:08PM
For me this shot shows how a potentially boring subject can come alive with the right lighting. Also nice to have some helpful advice posted!
ptitcendrier 12 25
30 Nov 2010 10:20PM
I won't say too much. Sublime light, too natural.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
30 Nov 2010 11:33PM
This is quite stunning - the light is exceptional. And you and I both know that it's all about light, right?
The other thing I notice here is the almost 3D look of this, which I think is caused by the central shallow dof, framed by the sharp trees - very special image.
dusfim 11 Malta
1 Dec 2010 6:52PM
A superb image, you have captured the light beautifully.Superb shot. Dusfim
1 Dec 2010 6:59PM
Exquisite detail and colors! A brilliant shot.
Regards, Oleg.
xwang 12 56 8
2 Dec 2010 8:55AM
Beautifully composed image with nice aolour and light.
I really love the light, totally agree with what you said ..."to capture the light that your eyes see, rather than the light that the camera thinks you want to see."
davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
2 Dec 2010 12:40PM
Fabulous light, & expertly captured. What a corker.
Adderwatcher 12 60 19 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 2:22PM
Beautiful capture David, the light is glorious!
PaulLiley 12 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2010 1:49PM
You've kept that warm feel in lower light conditions. Very appropriate to the scene. Nice composition. I might have cropped the frame in a little on the right to use the tree as the edge of the frame. Like it Dave and interesting tech writeup to help us. paul
4 Dec 2010 10:57PM
Tip top taning spider.

well, don't see the spider but where is a whole net there is a spide, is it?
accipiter 12 61 England
5 Dec 2010 7:47PM
Good image with clear warm light. The narrow dof works well here. A
RTDS 13 Cyprus
6 Dec 2010 1:38PM
A great capture.
Like the way you used the light so as to get the shadows.
Lovely colours.
jonrayner 14 8 2 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2010 12:24PM
Great shot and nice use of light. I like the vignette that draws you into the gate. Nice work.
milky 18 5 Wales
12 Dec 2010 7:27AM
Nice shot like the way you use the light------- Milky
Dave_Holdham 12 4 1 Wales
12 Dec 2010 2:38PM
Wonderful lighting and detail, well captured
danob 15 6 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2010 2:42PM
Beautifully captured even if to my taste there is either some intentional vignetting done in postwork, or those shadows needed to be exposed for. But if truth be told the light is so gorgeous who cares!
Ridgeway 15 222 2 Ireland
16 Dec 2010 11:22PM
I'd like to be able to claim this as my own,beautifully captured shot.
A very informative write up,,now I am of to decipher it,lol.

Mavis 19 143 2 England
18 Dec 2010 10:12PM
Wonderful light and a gate always adds that little bit extra to a scene xx
madbilly 13 1 4 England
21 Dec 2010 6:46AM
Great job on light and colour Dave, a really pleasant image here, makes me warmer just looking at it. I'm still freezing from Sunday.


22 Dec 2010 8:53PM
such a wonderful golden autumn light!
Suehh 14 39 6 England
22 Dec 2010 11:08PM
This is truly beautiful - and thank you so much for the light tutorial .

bjarte 15 2 Norway
28 Dec 2010 6:39AM
Excellent shot! You have an eye for what can turn out to be a great photo! In this one I like the colours, choice of viewpoint (which give a great frame) and shallow use of dof. Nice one!
teocali Plus
13 442 18 England
8 Jan 2011 4:39PM
Glorious warm light and beautiful rich tones. Love the detail of the cobweb. Brilliant shot.
carp_27 14 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2011 1:25PM
A Cider with Rosie moment. A great shot.
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 1:35PM
Beautiful shot Dave, golden light (& skill) transforming a fairly ordinary scene into something special

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