Last week, I was photographing in Zion while traveling with my family. I returned to a favorite location and was thrilled to find favorite red maples in fine autumn dress. My kids loved the spot, and they spent about an hour burying each other in the sandy wash. I climbed around the steep slope opposite the trees and slickrock wall, looking for good compositions. There was a breeze, so with each framing, I waited and watched for the leaves to stay still. Here is one of my favorite versions from that afternoon.
I am continuing to process images from my trip, so come back soon to see more new work.
I have also attached a 4×5 film image, taken from the same location in 1985. Back then, when using Ektachrome 64, I used an 81A filter to counteract the blue balance. This accounts for some of the color difference, as does later stage of the maples and oak’s leaves. Ultimately, color is a matter of taste. I “feel” far more than “think” when I create and process my images, and sometimes the interpretation of the same locations can very different. I have learned to trust my instincts more than second-guess them.