Rolling Hills and Fall Colors

Fall is our favorite time of the year!  The temperature falls to acceptable levels, the air is crisp and clear, it's not raining all the time like spring, and the colors that come out to paint the landscapes are gorgeous!

This year is particularly special.  With all of us cooped up by Covid-19 for so long, it's nice to get out and just go leaf-peeping.  That's what they call it in the northeast.  Kristina and I just call it ROAD TRIP!  We've logged about 600 miles over the last few weekends through western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  I made this image south of Johnstown, PA on some side road in the middle of nowhere.  Turned a corner and this vista just opened up!

When you first make a picture like this, the image that you see and the image that your camera captures are two very different things.  Your eye can sense about 30 stops of light due to the fact that your eye and brain adjust to different brightness levels throughout the scene as you scan it.  By contrast, your camera can only perceive about 10 stops or so.  Each stop is a doubling of the brightness level of the light.  Also, the colors are always muted somewhat by the camera.  This is what makes post-processing of our images so important!

The first step in post-processing for this image was to tone down the sky a bit.  Exposing for the foliage tends to make the sky too bright and you are unable to see the detail in the clouds.  On the other end of the brightness spectrum, the camera sees the shadows as nearly black, so I also adjusted the shadows to allow for detail that your eye sees.  Lastly, I increased the color saturation to look like what I remembered seeing. That's about it.  Not a ton of processing but the difference is night and day!

We hope that you enjoy this image!  Make sure to browse around our website and see all the new work and products that we have available!  Kristina has been busy making the 20oz Skinny Tumblers  and doormats for orders.  

Also, as this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are discounting this Breast Cancer Awareness Tumbler for the whole month.  There are other tumblers for other cancer fighters and survivors (Kristina is one of them also!) that are available.  We do custom designs as well and will work with you to design an product as you envision it!  You will note as you browse our merchandise, some of our designs incorporate our own fine art photography - these pieces are truly unique as you can only purchase them through us.  So contact us with any ideas that you might have for holiday gifts!

Have a great day and stay safe and healthy!

Scott & Kristina