Photographer's Note

Why Fall "Fantasy"? The leaves I took were green. I planned for and then shifted the hue deliberately to get the fun, glowing colors. In fairness, I must say that in reality, these leaves (of the Big Toothed Maple: acer grandidentatum), do actually get this color, and are beginning to change colors in our upper canyons at high elevations. I'm sure I'll be able to take a picture of the real firery red leaves in some kind of "Fall Reality" shot. Then you can compare!

It took me a good hour to find these leaves. Note how perfect they are. Most are chewed up by bugs or weather. I also had to find a place with a dark, mottled background, but where the sunshine could still reach through the trees and backlight the leaves. I held them just in front of the camera, which was also in shade, for this shot.

Shifting hues in Photoshop created lots of noise in the darker areas of the image. I used the polygonal lasso to select these portions and then used a gaussian blur to eliminate the grain.

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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