November 2018

I couldn’t resist using some more coloured leaves for the desktop calendar. I love how the red and green remind us that Christmas isn’t very far off. Have you started holiday shopping?

If you’d like to have the calendar for your cell phone, you can save this one:
Last month, I posted some instructions for putting the image on your lock screen in case you need it.

For different desktop ratios, go here.

Painted leaves

We have been enjoying some of the most colourful scenery this fall. The maples, the definite minority tree here, are bursting with more shades of green, yellow, orange and red than ever. These in particular caught my eye.

Alternate desktop resolutions are available in the Free Calendar drop down menu.

Just because I love this so much, I made a version for my smart phone lock screen.

10-2018

On an iPhone, to make this your lock screen image, save the image to your photos. Go to Settings, Wallpaper, then Choose a New Wallpaper. The image should be the most recent in All Photos. Select it, then Set. You can choose to have it as your lock screen or be the background behind all the app icons (home screen) or both. Sorry android users, you’ll have to figure yours out on your own.

Happy Fall, y’all!

Here comes the sun

While out trying to capture water droplets on spring foliage by taking several photos with focus on different parts of the scene to stack the image (see previous post), another challenge became the breaking sun. Below are 3 of 6 images taken seconds apart with all the same settings.

light on foliage with water droplets

light on foliage with water droplets 2

sunshine on foliage with water droplets

The breaking sunshine not only created severe shadows but totally changed the shade of green in the raw images.

This photography gig definitely has it’s challenges!

After the rain

Thirsty lupin foliage collects tiny droplets in tidy rows guiding moisture down into the center.

Lupin drink

This image was my first attempt at ‘stacking’ shots. With a long lense, it is not possible to get the whole image in focus. I took several shots adjusting the focus each time. The images are stacked in Photoshop and parts of each are masked to reveal the clearest part. A greater amount of the overall image is then in focus.

It is essential to use a tripod. The slightest movement becomes evident in post processing. I tried to reduce movement by shooting with the 2 second self-timer. There was still some movement between shots as the shoot took place in the ditch along side the highway and passing vehicles created an unavoidable draft .

Two of the 4 shots used were overexposed and needed to be adjusted to match the other two. I will have to look into where the exposure lock is on my camera and how to use it!

October 2014

This fall we have been experiencing the most colourful and vivid fall shades we seen in a number of years. Having had two harsh frosts may have contributed to this unusual condition. Because of the lack of maples here, we typically see only the yellows of birch, poplar and tamarack mixed with the greens of pine, spruce and cedar. Any orange and red is usually proved by low berry bushes in the undergrowth. This season, the random maple is gloriously evident. Even a dreary day like the day these photos were taken, can be aglow.fall colours on lake shore

So for the October desktop calendar, I chose a back road scene with the full range of this season’s colour. Enjoy.free desktop calendar October 2014_1440x900

Showy entrance

I have no idea what type of tree this is. I don’t recall ever seeing this around us in NW Ontario. We were returning from a business trip to Minneapolis MN and stopped for dinner in Forest Lake MN. These delicate seed strings were swaying ever so gently in the setting sun like hula skirts at a luau.

Drive by #2 – oak

My recent road trip companions have been very patient with me even to the point of allowing for the occasional stop!  At a wayside rest along Highway 75 in Michigan, I was able to enjoy (and capture) some fall oak.  Oaks are rare in my neighbourhood!