Fall At The Falls

You have your pretty leaves and you have the cold leaves. This morning I decided to walk down to Whirlpool State Park and shoot some macro shots for my upcoming post for the series, Interested in Macro Photography?.  I was out photographing here yesterday too.

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The images will be very different from those in the first post because I am shooting with a medium focal length macro lens, the Micro Nikkor 105mm. It was also sunny rather than cloudy.

I only brought this lens today, so the non-macro images are a bit different from what I usually post. So are the macro shots too. Like I said in the last post, you will get different results with different camera gear. Just in case you are curious, I am adding camera settings on this lens too since the images are so different from the ones with the 60mm macro. The colorful image opening this post was shot at f4 1/100 ISO 100.

I want to say thank you to those that stopped in on the post on Macro Photography. I was pleasantly surprised at three times the activity on this post.

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Most of the leaves have fallen to the ground in our area, but those persistent to hang on through winter are the mighty oaks. See this post if you have never read it, Acorns to Oaks. It is a very hot post at this time of year, along with Why Do Leaves Change Different Colors on the Same Tree. Both posts are very popular and have much information you might find interesting to know.

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I have not been outside shooting past my own property since I was sick with pneumonia from September 30 this year. I also should not have done this either in temperatures of 29° this morning, yesterday was a bit warmer though. I am back to the coughing and headaches again despite dressing warm and wearing my winter hat. Well, so be it, back to sitting by the fireplace with a cup of tea.

You can see how cold it is by the frosted leaves in the images, but the frost does make for some fine photo subjects. Can you believe? We are going for 65° sunny weather on Sunday. Freaky weather!!

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You can see how the simple grasses are back-lit and sparkle in the sunlight. Bokeh adds to the pleasant scene.

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This view is looking past the gorge and Niagara River towards Canada.  I just like the simple view through the trees to highlight the Fall color. I am what you might call a “leafer” as I do like to chase all the Fall color and seek it out like a junkie. Sadly, this year was a bust for me as I was sick in Pennsylvania on that trip. I spent all the pretty time through Fall bundled up indoors.

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Small wildflowers are still present, but are few and far between. My next post has all the whites of Fall, but the one after that will show the blues and purples.

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I found what color I could on this walk, but what was more of interest was the frost melting in the bright sun.

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Some of the grasses made for textural and soft photos.

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Morning light makes even the most ordinary subject just a little more special. My next post will have some of the macro shots I took today and yesterday to support the upcoming post in my Macro series. I hope you stop back, lots to share.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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27 Responses to Fall At The Falls

  1. Great frosty pictures, but shame on your for having your cough come back. (hi my name is mom). Love the grasses pictures, they sure do sparkle.
    by the way– my lens is still making whirling noises, trying to focus itself while in manual. Nothing I have done has made it stop. Might have to take it in to our camera shop in town.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Janet, I smiled here with your mention of Mom, as I almost do that too for Donna, haha! I joined your comment also yesterday, and i got nice reply from her. However, i have actually the same problem with you, the whirling noises when i use autofocus. I actually thought also that it’s maybe not in order. So I mainly now use Manual setting and manual focus, it stopped. But i got another problem, my eyes are not cooperating much!

      Donna, i love the grasses shots most! And i remember your old link posts, where I was introduced to your site by One, and haven’t stopped coming ever since!

    • Thank you mom! I just can’t seem to kick this fully. I even took my antibiotics too.

  2. I don’t understand the photography stuff but the photos are just wonderful. Hope you feel better very soon!

  3. Les says:

    I like the soft focus on the last grass photo, it lends a sense of movement to the scene.

  4. skeeter says:

    Amazing how tiny flowers hang on during such cold snaps. The grass gets me in the mood for winter as it reminds me of a winter wonderland… Beautiful photos…

  5. Definitely lots to share. I think th eleaves with frost on our my favourites, but only at a push ! Sorry to hear you have been unwell.

  6. daffodillia says:

    I think it’s time we shared personal email… jimfinnie1@live.co.uk

  7. Great frost shots. I would like a really heavy frost now to take down all the plants so I can clean out the beds and be done.

  8. Brian Comeau says:

    Freaky weather for sure; here on the east coast too. I love the close ups of the leaves and frost. Take care of that cough girl. 🙂

  9. What a wonderful morning! Hope the scenery lifts you up and makes you feel better somehow. =>

  10. flora says:

    beautiful pics!

  11. b-a-g says:

    Donna – I’m looking forward to your macro course. Just wondering if there is a technique to getting the bokeh effect whenever you want it.

    • Well…. yes there is if you don’t have a macro lens and want to cheat a bit. Normally you use a fast lens and the widest aperture, like my f2.8 lens. Don’t fret if you don’t own a fast lens. By increasing the distance between the background and your subject, you can see bokeh in images that are shot at smaller apertures like f/8. You can do this by decreasing the distance between the camera and subject by getting in tight. I find that holiday lights and rain soaked plants make great bokeh. I did a post at the zoo where the aeration bubbles in the otter pond made superb bokeh. I was shooting with a zoom lens there. Now for cheating. Wet your background plants. Get out the hose and give them a spray. Then get in close to your subject and open the aperture. Make sure your wet background has the sun coming in mostly from behind too. Easy bokeh. Want to really cheat? Photoshop has a filter which will make all the bokeh you can dream of.

  12. Indie says:

    Frost is so pretty on the leaves! I love the backlit grasses, though. They are like little sparklers!

    I hope you get better! How sad to miss so much of the fall!

  13. Stunning images…take care my friend and do not overdo it!

  14. beckarooney says:

    Beautiful autumn shots, I especially love the ones of the frosted leaves. Take care! 🙂 ♥

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