I’ve been heading up to the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens a lot lately, waiting patiently for the day that the autumn colours would brighten up all the photogenic scenery in the area… today was that day!
Today was also the first time I have found the gardens to be perfectly still… for once, there was absolutely no wind whatsoever! This provided an excellent opportunity to capture some bracketed exposures that would work well in HDR processing.
It was also my first time shooting the ornamental lake with a circular polarising filter… I think it did a fantastic job of bringing out the reflections on the surface of the water, as well as retaining fine detail in all the debris that was floating around.
Finally, to emphasize the contrast between the relatively soft lighting and shadows on the surrounding features, I did the opposite of the traditional Orton effect: instead of blending with an over-exposed copy of the image, I blended with an under-exposed copy of the image. I’m not sure if that would still be classified as the Orton effect or not, but either way, it gave me the look I was after.
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