Monday, October 17, 2011

The Emergence of Autumn

Fall Foliage, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Deciduous tress begin changing color as autumn dabs the mountain sides like a painter brushing his canvas. As the leafy greens, oranges and reds emerge, the variety of plant species in the Appalachian ecology become more apparent.


The dramatic chiaroscuro light spotlighting the mountain side is from sunlight momentarily bursting through dark storm clouds. This type of theatrical lighting was favored by the Italian painter Caravagio who used it to great effect in some of his masterworks.

Photo note: This image was made on Velvia 35mm slide film several years ago during a road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.


19 comments:

  1. When I first got this page up on my screen only the top was visible. I scanned down - wow!

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  2. Hmm was this chance or did you wait for it to happen? It's magnificent.

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  3. Again a fantastic picture.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. Vaya colores y vaya sombras. Saludos.-

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  5. I love autumn and its colors!
    Nice photo!

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  6. · Fantastic Autumn. My favourite season. Great photo.

    · hugs

    CR & LMA
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  7. I love the colors of autumn, too. This is a strong contrast, between the first and second plane.

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  8. What a beautiful mountain! I like the color.Nature color is the most beautiful all the world.

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  9. Wow man, nice how the light was hitting that stand there. Looks great.

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  10. Fascinating landscape there, Autumn is absolutely beautiful!
    Léia

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  11. Apart from the lovely coloured trees...and the sunbursts...and the two sympathetic tree lines - I really liker that little bit of mist in the top corner.

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  12. What an incredible picutre. I like this dramatic light very much.
    The trees are turning yellow here, too :)

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  13. what a dramatic fall image, with the different layers of leaves and colors and tones ...
    this is MY favorite autumn destination, even better than new england, i think ...

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  14. Boy I would love to see this in person!

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  15. Wonderful color, light and layers here Doug--what a gorgeous shot!

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  16. This is fantastic. You've used this amazing light to great effect.

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  17. magnifiques couleurs de saison.

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  18. Wonderful layering of colour and light!

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