Fall Color at Old Santee Canal Park....

by Russell Smith November. 24, 2019 388 views

I do not do much landscape type photography. I have complained that well I live in thick woodland/swamplands so there is not grand landscapes. Yes I know I could drive 30min to the beach but that is seascapes to me. Well it has been a few weeks since the last time I got nature therapy . I had my current camera body a Canon 77d and one lens a 150-600 Sigma Contemporary plus the tripod (a brand I refuse to advertise for). Well anywho before I go off on a side rant. There were birds everywhere yesterday so there was no shortage of opportunities to get some shutter therapy. However I started noticing the color pops in the landscape.

Not a fan of this edit but it is at least in the ballpark of my idea.

Not a fan of this edit but it is at least in the ballpark of my idea.

The day was partly cloudy and also times of bright sun so it made me slow down a lot ... The whole waiting for the sun or light to get right thing.

I have an image of Cypress trees in my mind and this was a test shot to see what if. While it is no where close or even resembling the image it does give me an idea of the contrast that I want.

We have finally started having our normal rains again so there are several mushroom species that have started to grow. This was one that the tones caught my eye. This was one of those moments that the sun was hiding and the canopy was still really thick in this part of the swamp.

A turtle hanging out on a fallen log .

There is a part of the park that I saw Otters the last time I was there so I went back to this area to see if well I could see/hear them again. The colors grabbed my attention and well caused me to daydream for a while.

I played with this image for a while but in the end I went with something that is real close to what I saw. This is in a heavy canopy part of the forest. Think iso-6400 to get 1/250 sec at f4 during the hours of 1300-1500 during the height of summer. I have also gotten 2 second exposure at iso-100 and f4 in the same time range on a sunny day before.

Honestly outside of the color the observation platform is what caught my eye. While I am not 100% satisfied with my landscape they are some of the better that I have shot so far. I did find it fun using a long lens for landscape because it caused me to slow way down and think about what was important to the scene or important to me to include. Also now I cannot Complain about a lack of fall color in this area. It is one of the best fall colors that I have seen in a decade or so.

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Sylvia Warren 1 year, 10 months ago

#5 is beautiful - like a patchwork quilt. Don't give up on the swampy forests - I've seen beautiful images with the heat rising off the water.

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Russell Smith Replied to Sylvia Warren 1 year, 10 months ago

That is true and thank you.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

You really should do this kind of photography more

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you. I may try some more. This image gives me hope.

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Scribe 1 year, 10 months ago

The colours of fall
beauty to recall
life's precious windfall leaves

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Russell Smith Replied to Scribe 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you. I hope life is treating you well :)

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

You should do more landscape photography Russel

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Honestly there is a lot I love about both the pineland savannah type landscape and the dense forest. I see tree shapes and light that is beautiful. Translating what I see onto a sensor/film has been a struggle for me with landscape.

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