Well, I seem to have come down with a cold, and so I spent almost all day sleeping. Up now at midnight with just enough energy to stare blankly at the screen, so I'll just post a few pictures from yesterday to brighten my day (er, my night) before heading back to bed.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/2500 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
small, private, high-end restaurant
The entrance way to the small restaurant next to our place has a tree that we can see the top of from our livingroom window, and each year at about this time, it turns all kinds of fiery reds and oranges.
We just see the top, but it's still pretty...
When I got down there, I was surprised to find that the leaves that I thought were so fiery red were actually fairly drab, until you got the sun behind them and got a lot of light shining through. They transmit red, but don't reflect it as much. Backlighting is a great way to get the excitement from fall colors, whether it's via the sun or from high-intensity floodlights.
It's on my list of things to do this season to try using a small handheld flash (in my case, a Nikon SB-800 Speedlight) to backlight. Especially if I can use settings that allow the flash to dominate the ambient light, I suspect some really interesting results. We'll see whether the cold I've come down with will let me...
Anyway, yesterday, I had the sun almost directly behind the leaves, and I didn't have the lens hood with me, so the result was occasional flare, like the greenish hexagon in the upper-left of the shot above, or the big sweeping circle in the first shot.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
but I think I like the first one, better
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 160 mm — 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 800 — full exif
that I took last year