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October 12, 2004

Spectacular Autumn Photographs

I tried my best to take a great photo of this glorious maple tree. The trouble is I am not yet totally familiar with my new Fujifilm S7000 digital camera. But one thing I do know is I took the photo at the right time of day. It was 20 minutes after sunrise and the color temperature was perfect.

Color temperature refers to the color of a source of light. In the morning the color temperature of the sun is low becasue it is trying to blast the white light rays through the atmosphere at a low angle. The light that makes it through is rich in the orange/red spectrum. The green and blue light rays get absorbed by the atmosphere.

Becasue of this, things that are naturally orange and red like autumn leaves or the rocks at the Grand Canyon, photogrpah best early in the morning and late in the afternoon. As the sun gets higher in the sky, the color temperature rises and blue and green things have richer color.

So take your fall photos in the morning and afternoon if you want to capture Mother Nature at her best!

Posted by Tim Carter at October 12, 2004 8:08 PM

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