I brought a friend along for a photo walk in Highland Creek this past Saturday. It has been roughly been two weeks since the cottage closed up and I needed to get out among the trees. So did my friend.
The weather was decent, the sun was shining and, because most of the leaves were on the ground and bereft of any vibrancy, I thought the outing would make for a good study in monochromatic scenes. I was not wrong. Although I still managed to create some good color images, the black and white conversion of others (heck even the monochromatic color shots) really made the scenes pop. light, dark, texture, pattern...it was all there.
Thanks to the shorter days - and the loss of daylight savings time - the sun was much lower in the sky at 2pm than I was used to. This was an advantage and a challenge. There were certain areas in our photo walk that need the sun to be in a different spot, like the small pond I have photographed before. Yesterday, those viewpoints were obliterated by a a combination of the sun and its mirror reflection on the water. There was no really way to capture those angles without extreme flaring.