Forward to Autumn and More Forest Photography

Here in the North West of England, the weather has turned decidedly chilly in the past couple of weeks. Whilst it doesn’t often feel warm where I live, the house feels more like a fridge at the moment. It may have something to do with the 24” thick solid stone walls.

With the feel of Autumn in the air, I decided to search my archives for autumnal images whilst I look forward to the trees changing colour. Although I may have set out looking for colour images, I found this one that I liked, and which works well in black and white.

Padley Gorge in the Peak District

I shot this in Padley Gorge in the Peak District almost 12 months ago on a damp and misty morning. I was using a Fuji XT3 at the time with the Fuji 10-24 lens at 10mm. The exposure was 1.7 seconds at f/13.0 and ISO160, so using a tripod was essential but also a little tricky. I was trying to get as close to the fallen oak leaves as possible, but still capture the wonderful shape of the tree. This meant I had to remove the centre column of the tripod and spread the legs so that it was almost flat.

When it came to processing, I was a little lazy. The conversion to Black and White and the effects were applied using On1 Effects. I opted to apply preset number 2 from the Modern Black and White collection (I think). This converted the image to black and white, added a soft glow effect and a slight vignette.

The reason that I chose to use a standard preset with the image is nothing other than I liked the look. I often browse through presets looking for ideas before I process an image. This time I didn’t think it was worth trying to improve on what came with the software.

Overall, I’m pleased with the result although this wasn’t the image that I was trying to capture at the time. It’s funny how our perceptions can change when we wait after shooting an image.

This Week’s YouTube Video

Last week, I shared a panorama shot in the Highlands of Scotland. In the post I said that I was working on a YouTube video about Lightroom Stitching. The video is now live if you would like to watch (

I hope you like this week’s image and have a great weekend.

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