I love the fall, but I cannot seem to get hold of it photographically. There is always so much bright color that I have a difficult time focusing in on a viable subject. This year, though, I have managed to come up with a couple of images that are worth at least a web viewing, because I don’t think either of these will be printed. The two shots in this post came from a couple of weekends ago, when I headed out to Shenandoah National Park and Dark Hollow Falls on Friday, and then went to the Abbot Wetland on Ft. Belvoir on Saturday.
The first shot was taken below the pool of the main falls at Dark Hollow. Water was running, but not much, so I headed a little way down the trail and crossed the stream in order to get a view looking back up to the falls. I made several uninspiring efforts when I turned around at saw this large rock and the backlit tree with bright, backlit leaves. Because of the extreme dynamic range, I shot it as a three image HDR.
This next image was made shortly after sunrise the next morning, at the Abbot Wetland near where I live. The temperature had dropped overnight, and there was quite a bit of mist coming off the pond. I had been chasing the light ever since dawn, and this was about the last moment before the morning sun would have illuminated the entire pond with harsh direct light. I was on my way back to the car when I spoted this tree with its foliage glowing from the sun rising on the left, but with its lower branches and the pond still in shade.