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October's Light by kkart October's Light by kkart
Insight about the shot---Light. I am always chasing it. There just isn't much of anything else that can add so much to a shot than light. I guess that's why I wake up at crazy times of the morning )3am often) to get on location to have the best conditions. There is an old saying that sort goes like "artist's suffer for their craft", am I suffering waking up at such a crazy time of the day? I don't see it as such at all because the reward is so great. To sit and photograph with nothing around you, no noise, no people, just the sound of the leaves rustling and the birds singing. Everything feels so much more alive at the hours before dawn and during it. The world seems like a much calmer place and time just seems to move slow.

This was captured at Cherry Creek State Park with a couple of friends I shoot with on a cool gorgeous Autumn morning. The only other person we saw was a lone fisherman who had been there all night long, just relaxing on the shore and casting a line. Other than that, completely void of people.

Technical info---I really liked how the pathway lead into the trees. I also really liked how the fence worked with a sense of forced perspective which basically forces the viewers eyes down the path. I have a shot without it as well but I feel the composition in this capture is far better considering what it does. I wanted to portray the light the best I could and have the viewer enveloped, surrounded and wrapped in it. Not a easy shot to especially shoot either with just a huge dynamic range, so had to use my Sony a550's ability to shoot HDR in body with a setting of 3 backed by a Fotodiox CPL and Grad ND. After several tried I got it using that setup. The darks and lights had a happy medium, at least in my eyes with holding back the brightness of the leaves some.

Fall how I miss you.
---John

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Passion4Photos Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is why I love Autumn! Stunning capture!
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Michies-Photographyy Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this!~ Beautiful contrast~ :D :love:
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PleisarPup Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Beautiful work!
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dandelion-field Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:
Your beautiful artwork has been featured in my latest Enchanting Nature Feature. :aww:
Please visit and show some support. :heart:
Have a wonderful day! :sun:
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Marvelous lightning. :heart:
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kavita-alore Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Its warm and inviting. Just beautiful.
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thexyz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Love this shot. Reminds me of where I grew up. Vegas has a terrible looking fall, I miss this!
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AaronsArts Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Truly, this is a place where fire burns but doesn't destroy.Where you can feel warm but not worry.
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autumndesires Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely stunning. <3
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Betuwefotograaf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the colors............
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CaptainSwanForever Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous! :aww:
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LeeLee-x3 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Almost looks to good to be real..Beautiful photo!
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LinaraQ Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Just beautiful! :)
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layperson Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
very nice:)
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VioletVampireVixen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I seriously cannot express how beautiful this is in type.
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Navrasend Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Photographer
Fantastic view!
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K1NGD0MH3ARTZ Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. Such an amazing shot!
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NightFeather86 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I really like autumn so this pic is awesome for me!
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sarahbug571 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my gawd, Fall is my favorite time of the year :) and this is like my dream place to go! What state was this taken?
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PompaElite Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Featured: [link]
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bergamont27 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
gorgeous,i can feel the warmth
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Photographer
lovely!
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AmberPhotography Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Stunning piece! Well done :)
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luke88cb Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
O_O wooooow........
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zannen-na Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to walk here.
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Drusilla76 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
in one word... "wauw"
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations to the 3rd place in the "Forest Paths" contest! :clap: Your work is featured here: [link]
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SherryHaibara Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Just wonderful. Reminds me of good old days...
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Infindibulator Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Beautiful and magical. So atmospheric... And a little over HDRed for my taste, but I love this picture anyway .
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kkart Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Can't see really how it's over HDR'd considering there isn't even any tonemapping involved in it :)
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Moriadne Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece straddles the thin wall between superb photography and vivid painting, before jumping down, grabbing a hammer, and then shattering it to pieces like that infamous wall in Germany!

It's one for a painter to draw art that captures the essence of realism, but for a photographer to preserve the real world in such a manner that it mimics the idealistic details of paint and canvas? Now that's skill.
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Lola22 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all the colors, excellent shot! :thumbsup:
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DsyncStudios Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Photographer
:wave: Hi there! Your wonderful picture has been featured on my profile!
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Hummel2k4 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Awesome! You caught those golden rays of light perfectly - looks like taken right out of my imagination of an autumn day. Great picture. :)
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Prisma-photo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful atmosphere and golden colors !
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Featured congrats :clap: [link]
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   General Artist
Congratulations to third place in the Forest Path contest :D
Here is your promised prize feature: [link]
and I have also given you your points!

this is my personal winner, by the way :) beautiful!
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Torsten-Hufsky Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
GREAT
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Raneenya Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
goldlen feeling in this photo!!! amazing
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Miss-Poet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Its not even fair on how breath taking this image is! Wow.
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amandas-sketches Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing. Reminds me of home in the fall.
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airbournevirus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have an uncanny ability to capture natural beauty, hard to pick a best shot really.
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MaximeCourty Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work john. Nice light and colors.
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Blubdi-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey!

You have been featured here :-)

Plz fave this article, so others can find it ;-)

greetings,
Blubdi
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BigBlueSkyFotos Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is what HDR should look like! Well Done!
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Miskwaadesi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Love the golden color!
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Amore-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
perfect!!!
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trruskawkowa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I love it !
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow, you really put a lot of passion in your work!!

I agree, the reward must be unique, your capture here is Awesome!!
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RuckusRufus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing!
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