An autumn walk

Autumn colour
Autumn colour (32mm, f8.0, 1/80sec, ISO320)

DeeJay encouraged me to go up to Parc Cefn Onn whilst the sun was still shining and whilst there were still leaves on the tress. I was pleased I took his advice. Using just one lens (the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS) on my Sony ILCE-7RM3, but forgetting to switch on OSS (duh!), I took these shots. How much better would the other c.70 shots have been – if I’d remembered to check that on the lens before I started. I just couldn’t work out why they were not as sharp in Lightroom as they had appeared in the EVF on the camera. A silly mistake to make.

Walkway under the acer
Walkway under the acer (34mm, f8.0, 1/80sec, ISO800)

The two shots above you could describe as the “classic” autumn colour shots. It was the first time I’d been to Cefn Onn since the restoration work and the walkway (above) is a great addition.

Green is great but red is better
Green is great but red is better (38mm, f16.0, 1/80sec, ISO800)

This shot is slightly different in that this acer had not lost it’s spectacular red foliage and it showed up so well against the green of the bamboo (I think) behind.

Pumpkin pantry
Pumpkin pantry (32mm, f8.0, 1/80sec, ISO320)

It was after Halloween, and as you entered the park it was clear that many visitors had brought their now redundant pumpkins for the wildlife to consume. I hope they did just that, otherwise it was just rubbish!

A shaft of sunlight
A shaft of sunlight (24mm, f8.0, 1/40sec, ISO400)

Just before I left the park I came across this spot. The sun was shining through a clearing in the canopy and was picking out this tree. With the fallen branches in the foreground, the leaf litter and the shallow pond I could see so much in this shot – from darkness, damp and fallen rotting wood into light, hope and promise. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

What was surprising in reviewing these images is just how little variation in the EXIF data there is. I was using Auto ISO, which I think explains quite a bit, but the focal lengths are reasonably consistent which makes me wonder whether I shouldn’t have just used a faster 35mm prime lens. You’re always learning with photography

6 thoughts on “An autumn walk”

  1. Marie-Christine Dalm

    David, These are truly beautiful shots of autumn nature and colours. A great inspiration, and a photographic powerful lesson!

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