So either Nash or Higginson, I'm guessing? I was in Mathes last year when I took the picture. I'm an off-campus junior now. Glad you like it. Take a peek at the other three in the series, as well, [link] if you liked it.
Certain photos evoke memories of certain feelings in me. (kind of like how the smell of suntan lotion suddenly transports you to a sunny beach) This is definitely one of those photos, especially since it shows so much of the ground. I don't know what it is, but I just love this photo.
whoa! how did I miss this photo?! Very beautiful toning in this one. I'm not actually sure how to describe it but it feels 'very real' as though I could feel the air around it, warm and yet humid or something...I really love warm tones
you are very welcome. it's a lovely image, and it makes me smile. lol. the reds and oranges give it a very warm feel but the area around with its wet streets give it a very cool feel. i can almost smell the damp leaves.
Yeah Tommy's full of it, color is the way to go. The best "fix" would have been to do a depth-of-field to block out the trees in the background, one of which looks like it's on fire. But otherwise I really like the high-contrast orange-and-black.
Are you using Photomatix? I've used Photoshop's as well, but it's usually a lot more time consuming and doesn't make it quite as highly dynamic. When it comes to Photomatix techniques, it's different for each picture. I could give general techniques if you like, though.
The noise is something I could have tried to reduce a bit, but you're right, the red provided a color tone that really changed the tone of the picture, so I'm happy with that. But yes, I'll try experimenting more next time I have the chance.
re-shoot that. get a 'od, set up a really really long exposure at 100ISO or lower.try it at like 30 seconds f/whatever, then like 15 seconds, 10 seconds, 5 seconds, etc. test around and you'll get the best brightness/darkness contrast.
I can't quite reshoot since the leaves aren't on the ground any more, but I can retry the location if I find the chance. However, the orange is what makes the picture stand out in my opinion, and basically emphasizes the fall atmosphere. But I'll do my best to try some different setting when recreating it. Since I'm reshooting in winter though, B&W would probably be the better choice.