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Soft Light, Soft Tree

Entrance – Seattle Japanese Garden

The soft early morning light highlighted this scene.  The maple tree, grasses, and pine shrub appear very soft. I enhanced the softness in post processing.  The image was exposed to highlight the soft leaves of the Japanese maple.  The background was in shade which created a nice dark contrast to the light maple.  The image warms me all over.

Raking Light

Tea House Roof – Seattle Japanese Garden

Continuing with Dave duChemin’s course, I found this raking light on a gazebo roof in the Seattle Japanese Garden.  The sun had just broken over the ridge of the adjacent Washington Arboretum.  The soft light raking across the roof lasted for just a few moments before the direct sunlight engulfed the roof.  I just happened to be in the right spot at the right time.

Red & Yellow

Red Maple/Yellow Ginko – Washington Japanese Garden

This is what fall color is all about.  I was able to photograph in the Washington Japanese Garden almost at its prime this fall.  Colors were gorgeous everywhere.  This particular scene caught my eye contrasting the brilliant reds and yellows,

I am taking an on-line course, “The Compelling Frame” by Dave duChemin.  My focus for this excursion was to explore how different types of light created different effects.  Here, the soft mid-morning light set the colors of these trees on fire.  I am always searching and exploring ways to help me progress through my never-ending journey in photography.  I strongly recommend Dave  duChemin’s course.

Great Memories

“The Columns” – Sylvan Theater, University of Washington Campus

A couple of weeks ago, I spent several hours walking around the University of Washington campus.  I had not been there for about 15 years.  How much things have changed.  My old hangout, the EEB (Electrical Engineering Building) has been completely remodeled and enlarged with a large new section for Computer Science..  When I was there, Computer Science was just a small part of the EE Department.  Now it is its own Department with over 1300 students.

During class breaks, I use to go to the Sylvan Theater and the Columns just behind the EEB.  It was a wonderful peaceful place to sit and wonder about what the future would bring,  The Sylvan Theater was just about the same as I recall it was 50 years ago.  However, there were several students there with hard hats, surveying equipment, and tape measures.  They were taking measurements to design a new courtyard to replace a good part of the grass.  I feel a little sorrow to see my old memories change.  But I guess it is for the best.  Those memories are great ones!

 

Badlands: Yellow Hills

160619_Badlands Yellow HillsFuji X-T1, XF 18-135mm @ 105mm, f/11, 1/340 sec, ISO 400

Along the northwest section of the park drive, yellow hills and green valleys provided a change in color contrast of the landscape.  This post concludes my quick trip through the badlands.  Some day I hope to go back and explore the area at a more leisurely pace.

End of the Year Color

141230_Garden Color by . Fuji X-T1, EF18-135mm @ 135mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec, ISO 800

I took a little walk in our backyard to capture a little remaining color and try out my new Fuji 18-135mm lens.  The Heucheras in our flower beds are still holding on to their last color.  So, I looked around to find something interesting to put in front of them.  I found this wilted Japanese Maple branch as a candidate.  There was quite a little breeze so I needed to use a high ISO to freeze the motion of the branch.  I find there is always something interesting if I am patient and let the image appear.

I think I am going to like the 18-135 as my primary “walk around – go light” lens.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

141127_Maple Leaves and Background Dew by . Fuji X-T1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, f/8.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 400

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  We have so very much to be thankful for including this beautiful fall day a couple of weeks ago.  Each day is a gift to be lived and enjoyed to its fullest.

This was taken in our back yard in the early morning as the sun was breaking the horizon and shining on a little fresh frost on the ground.  I liked how the sparkle from the sunlit frost made small globes of light.  I then walked around to get something interesting to put in front.  This backlit maple was just what I was looking for.  It was a moment to be thankful for.

Fall at Fonthill 2

141031_Fonthill Castle by Karl Graf. 141031_Fonthill Castle by Karl Graf. 141031_Fonthill Castle by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF24-70 2.8L @ 27mm, f/10, ISO 200 – 3 image HDR

Yesterday was another beautiful fall day in Bucks County, PA.  Late in the afternoon I saw some white billowy clouds coming across the sky.  I rushed over to Fonthill Castle and caught about 15 minutes of late afternoon warm sunlight.  What attracted me the most on this image were the long shadows casting themselves on the lawn and the castle walls.  It was worth the jaunt for the 15 minutes of nice sunlight.

Enjoying the Fall Colors

141029_Window & Leaves by . Fuji X-T1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, f/20, 0.8 sec, ISO 400

Walking outside this time of year in Bucks County, Southeast Pennsylvania is always a real treat.  The combination of old structures, interesting landscapes and fall color are abundant and are just waiting to be captured.  Each day changes.  Colors come and go, always changing.  Something new is always just around the corner, or just standing in front of me.  Such walks always help me balance the daily challenges and beauty life brings.  Time to get out for another walk!

Fall at Fonthill

141019_Fonthill Fall by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF24-70 f/2.8 @ 62mm, f/20, 1/15 sec, ISO 400

The trees around Fonthill Castle are turning toward their fall brilliance.  For the last couple of days I have been going to the castle to catch late afternoon and early morning light as it illuminates the castle walls.  This image is a combination of a 0, +1, and -1 exposure blended together.  The normal exposure is the base.  The +1 exposure was used to lighten the right side of the castle that was in the shade.  The -1 exposure was used to tone down a few hot spots on the castle tower.  These were blended together using layers and masks in Photoshop.  A little tonal contrast in NIK Color EFEX pro was used to finish the image off.  I first worked with HDR, but could not come up with a realistic looking image.