THE COLORS OF AUTUMN
The rolling hills and valleys seen in the photo are part of Lee’s Hill, named after a battle that took place during the American Civil War (1861-‘65). On a numbingly cold few days during December of 1862, over a hundred thousand soldiers — equally divided between General Lee’s Confederate Forces (South) and General Grant’s Union Forces (North) — faced each other in mortal combat. The South won the Battle, but the North won the War. History has shown that in the long run both sides won, since the United States survived as a union. It is a poignant view, at the same time beautiful and sad.
Once before, late in the winter of 2009, I had posted a photo of this scene, looking north toward Washington, DC, 80 km (50 miles) away. In that photo, IN LIKE A LION, a thick blanket of snow was seen covering the landscape. A pond, too small to even have a name, could be seen through snow-shrouded shrubbery, and a beech tree with leaves still brown and shriveled from the previous fall, hung from otherwise bare branches. Those leaves and a blue sky represented the only vestiges of color.
The present photograph celebrates the colors of autumn, with a Burning Bush Shrub in the front yard providing the dominant red, and variations of green the complementary colors of the rest of the scene.
I recently created a new group theme, Symphonies in Color, adding this photo into the collection. The expression, "A symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here. I welcome other TE members to add to the theme.
Nikon D200, ISO 200. Lens: 28 mm setting on a 28-200mm auto Nikkor lens. Shot in RAW. 12.30 on a foggy day.
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worldcitizen (8572) 2010-11-17 19:24
I can't get enough of the gorgeous fall colors; it's too bad they disappear so quickly. This photo has so many great colors. The red shrub definitely jumps out, but I also really like the layer of mist in the background. There is such nice contrast between the vibrant colors in the foreground and the mist.
Docarmo (9639) 2010-11-17 20:34
Very beautiful colours in an effective composition with several layers - pleasant 3D effect.
BWJ (3094) 2010-11-17 20:54
What a fabulous autumn shot! The variations between the day and night temperatures in the fall create perfect conditions for foggy atmospheric scenes. You have skillfully captured the misty atmosphere along with these amazing shades of gorgeous color creating a fantastic landscape. There is wonderful depth to the shot and a wide variety of nice textures. I like it very much.
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-11-17 21:46
Excellent contrast and presentation,
good autumn colors and sharpness.
Excellent point of view,
snunney (98253) 2010-11-18 4:27
A fine composition of this beautiful autumn landscape with a painful history. The burning bush is well placed in the frame to add depth to the image and create and excellent contrast with the subdued greens and golds that otherwise predominate. I like very much the misty atmosphere and the soft natural tones. Hard to imagine now that this place was once the scene of a bloody battle.
jhm (152178) 2010-11-18 4:56
You found a very lovely place where the flower colors are wonderful.
Also the misty background care for a splendid atmosphere.
What a pleasure for look at.
Splendid background through slope and different light.
Very lovely compositio, nice presentation, TFS.
Sergiom (78505) 2010-11-18 5:47
La légère brume matinale adoucit les formes . Ce beau jardin coloré des nuances de l'automne offre un très beau sujet.
Nolme (6829) 2010-11-18 7:59
Une photo d'automne aux couleurs magnifiques, une ambiance un peu féerique. Le rouge au premier plan attire le regard mais il conduit aussi vers la brume.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-11-18 10:52
Ola amigo ,
Beleza esta tua foto com as cores do outono , ficou linda esta árvore de folhas vermelhas em primeiro plano chama muito atenção do olhar , boa foto no dia de nevoeiro ficou misteriosa , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ciakgiak (30431) 2010-11-18 12:01
you created a superb image capturing these splendid autumnal colors!
The atmosphere in this scene is really suggestive, the red plant on the left is an eye-catcher element. Congratulations and TFS.
phwall (6785) 2010-11-18 14:30
A very "pretty picture", the red bush dominating the foreground is complimented perfectly by the lesser colours as the shot falls off to the background.
Focus seems to have suffered though, I'm assuming the fog has created enough diffusion to soften the image.
Looking at your exif data it must have been quite dark when you shot this scene, f/3.5 at an 1/8th of a second tells me there wasn't much available light.
My first impression of the composition suggested a pov further to your left to minimize the roof of the house, but then I noticed the small stone bridge which would have been hidden behind the bush if you had moved across. A suitable compromise in my opinion.
It's a lovely shot, the soft mood accentuated by the misty atmosphere.
I'm thinking you'll be packing away the lawn mower pretty soon.
ManuMay (36141) 2010-11-18 14:44
The colors of autumn...for sure...and its foogy mood, very wel captured...pure autumn atmosphere, a cold morning to inmerse on fall station and forget those warm days of summer...
Excellent composition and light management...A great work!!
PJE (20758) 2010-11-18 18:03
Bulent I think its the mist in this photo that really adds a nice touch to this photo and characteristic of the season. I think I would have arranged my viewpoint to exclude the house roof inside the frame. Just being picky though. Thanks.
anokutan (15097) 2010-11-18 22:42
Zor koşullarda elde edilmiş çok güzel bir kare Bülent bey.Selam ve sevgilerimle.
danyy (0) 2010-11-18 22:53
un festival dans les couleurs malgré la brume qui essaye de la cacher. Un endroit agréable, très naturel, peu de construction si ce n'est ce joli petit pont.
My best regards.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-11-19 8:05
excellent colours of autumn. Superb composition. Like the background haze due to fog. Great light and sharpness. Thanks for sharing the picturesque view.
bukitgolfb301 (41424) 2010-11-19 15:22
Hi my dear Bulent
What a fantastic colorful secenary shot indeed!
Wide focus appraoch and shallow exposure are professional choice for this occasion as usual. Faithful presentation for the tasteful atmosphere by a morning fog is marvelous.
Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend,
berek (50306) 2010-11-20 4:35
Merhaba Bülent bey,
ne harika doğal renkler sisli ortamla bir bütünlük sağlamış. elerinize kollarınıza sağlık. selamlar
Urs (14082) 2010-11-20 4:40
That is autumn as I remember and cherish, these colors are fantastic and you almost can feel the fresh wind and the mist. Very good photo job.
Yes you are right sunset over a waterlogged paddy field is not possible in Europe, except Italy, where rice is planted. To be frank I have never seen these rice fields in the plane of the Po, but they must be there.
Silvio1953 (141991) 2010-11-20 5:18
Ciao Bulent, fascinating misty composition with fantastic autumnal colors, wonderful atmosphere, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
zoomer (6) 2010-11-20 7:33
Hello,that certainly is a striking and artistic rendition of fall.The only thing that disturbes the romantic character is that part of the roof on the left.It's too contemporary.Just my feeling.Fine work,greetings Wolf.
Kielia (24077) 2010-11-20 8:47
really a very well composed impression of this melancholic place. The colors of autumn and the overall aura are fascinating. It is this amazing fog that makes the image very attractive. TFS!
agulberk (3794) 2010-11-20 9:57
Soldaki ateş kırmızısı yapraklarıyla fotoğrafı aydınlatan ağaç ,sisin gizemli ,nemli ve soğuk havasını o kadar güzel şenlendirmiş ve ısıtmış
ki Bülent Hocam,fotoğrafın derinliğine yaptığı katkıyı geride bırakmış.
Saygı ve Selamlarımla...
photoray (13981) 2010-11-20 20:03
Moody autumn scene - multiple colors gradually fading into the misty background. The mood is probably fitting for the Civil War tragedy.
Well done, cheers,
emka (96408) 2010-11-20 22:49
Gorgeous colours of autumn, here with a mist giving melancholic mood in this historic place. Fantastic red of the shrub, I also like the yellow grasses. marvelous presentation.
JCG (35129) 2010-11-21 0:16
Before the winter and its white coat as your preceding photograph shows it, here the autumn and its marvellous varieties of colors. I like much this light misty veil which recovers part of the landscape what gives a particular atmosphere. Pretty and pleasant photograph, thank you Bülent.
With all my friendships of Versailles under the rain this morning and excellent Sunday,
mesutilgim (95038) 2010-11-21 0:58
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Back to İstanbul again, after 4 wonderfull (and also succesfull) meetings held in two weeks.
Take a look to the links I'm forwarding to you separately !
This one here is typical autumnal without any question; a capture as if been created from the palette of an impressionist painter. A capture which should be observed while listening to a Grieg or Sibelius music !
TFS and have a nice weekend
s_lush (16134) 2010-11-21 9:44
The rich collection of colors, and strong air perspective (from the clear and colorful foreground to the misty background) are perfectly well reproduced in this autumnal picture. Excellent composition and irreproachable technique for showing this historic place in its all beauty. Perfectly good capture and very interesting and informative note!
baddori (20121) 2010-11-21 22:06
Je connaissais déjà votre galerie.
Cette photo a une clarté exceptionnelle et une recherche particulière.
Dans un environnement avec un brouillard on ne pouvait pas «engager» les couleurs de différentes plantes ... une grosse opération.
Graal (102752) 2010-11-21 23:42
nice misty autumnal image. Beautiful palette of colours. Good captured place and presentation. I like it.
Have a nice day.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2010-11-23 1:11
Bulent Hocam merhaba,
I admired all these colors, like a dream. The fog gave a magical atmosphere,
resat1972 (7576) 2010-11-23 22:31
KArtpostal tadında muhteşem bir kare.
sis ve ağaçlar güzel kompozisyon oluşturmuş
paololg (31448) 2010-11-24 15:11
Simply wonderful, dear friend, you have captured the nature in the most beautiful and suggestive moment. Very beautiful the contrast among the vivid colors in the FG and the fading in the BG due to the fog. Really an excellent composition, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice day!
A small gift for you and Carol:
TRB (14116) 2010-11-25 0:52
Sisin gizemi içinde sonbahar renklerinin albenisi ile
harika bir sunum.
Tebrikler, selam ve saygılar
yedirenk (11244) 2010-11-26 7:11
merhaba Bülent hocam,
olağanüstü bir sonbahar atmosferi bu..kırmızı renkli yapraklar dramatik atmosfere inat nasılda gözalıcı.şahane sunum.ellerinize sağlık.selamlar,sevgiler
danos (97431) 2010-11-26 23:10
nice Autumn scenery with the tree with red flowers to be the eye catcher of the image.I like the misty environment,with the blur trees and plants to make the shot even more effective.A sensitive seasonal capture.Well done.
Have a good weekend,Danos
mauro61 (52855) 2010-11-28 23:48
belli i colori dell'immagine con la nebbia che la attraversa,
Angshu (56750) 2010-11-30 8:46
Dear Professor 'A'
Like a painting! The colours of autumn are, of course beautiful, but the mist adds a different touch to this image. Fine palette of colours displayed by nature here...red, yellow, green. Well done!
With Warmest Regards
COSTANTINO (64740) 2010-12-01 7:39
I like a lot,delicate scenery that looks
so romantic,it too bad that these colors
disapear too fast...a great contrast of all
those plants and the fog adds mystery
vasilpro (41309) 2010-12-01 10:48
Wonderful autumn composition, beautiful misty atmosphere, lovely colors, excellent light management, very POV.
asajernigan (21427) 2010-12-03 3:39
This is a great autumn colors shot! The red tree in the foreground adds a good point of interest. The misty weather sets the mood for the scene.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-12-03 23:20
Cette photo d'automne est très belle avec ce buisson rouge au premier plan et la brume qui estompe les lointains. Excellent !
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2010-12-04 3:50
What a colours! Excellent composition and mood increased by the fog in the background :).
archimatica (20632) 2010-12-11 13:49
Another nice landscape, full of poetry.
The red in the foreground separates the soft background.
kordinator (20515) 2010-12-16 4:45
That is an astonishing autumn scenery.
Very beautiful the colors of fall in picture.
Excellent clarity and contrasts.
Fine foggy effect.
Wonderful narure composition and presentation.
Amazing informative note.
lilito (3534) 2010-12-19 6:41
J'aime bien les couleurs d'automne souvent accompagnés du brouillard, ce qui donne une atmosphère froid, humide et mélancolique. Voilà tout ce que je trouve dans ton image, bravo!
humayun (2991) 2010-12-26 22:12
very nice fog view and good colors..........
good image and timing is good also..........
pov is nice.........
halikarnas (7644) 2010-12-29 7:35
Kırmızının çekiciliği muhteşem bi etki yaratmış kompozisyona. geri olandaki yeşillik ve renklerin pus'luluğu,sağ taraftakisarımsı ve mavimsi bitkilerle mükemmel sonbahar fotoğrafı.
kiasari (62) 2011-02-25 20:27
You chose a good POV and framing to take this shot. I really like the colors of the photo. Well done!
Have a nice weekend,
jmdias (63934) 2011-04-08 17:49
a very beautiful mix of colors that produced a marvelous contrast with the fog. good framing and details. nice image
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-08-30 8:29
Hello Professor Atalay,
The season is coming towards us. The colours of autumn, your image is like a watercolour painting. The fog adds a very poetic touch. Tranquillity prevails over your photo. Burning red shrub is very captivating. Beautiful colours of autumn fill the view.
With my very best wishes, professor
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38773)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED AF Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Daily Drive to Work..., SYMPHONY OF COLORS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-17 19:09