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Autumn's Grand Finale | by GSB Photography
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Autumn's Grand Finale

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” - Ecclesiastes 3:1


“As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.” - Vincent Van Gogh


Autumn is my favorite time of year for photography and, like Vincent Van Gogh, I just never seem to have enough time to shoot all the beautiful things I see before the leaves make their grand finale. Everything ends, including lovely autumn, but there is a time for every purpose under heaven.


The view: Shenandoah Valley from Bear’s Den Overlook, Bluemont, Virginia. The lines of glorious reds in the center of the shot are trees following parallel ridges downslope of Mount Weather. Just beyond the farthest ridge of trees and out of sight is the Shenandoah River.


The shot: sunset, manual settings, no filter, with my new Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 lens, and Capture One post-processing. Handheld because it was quite the climb up to Bear’s Den Overlook and at the parking lot the sky looked overcast. So I blew the tripod off as unwarranted weight. Turns out, I didn’t need it: with the Z7, Nikon has once again produced a superb camera and incredibly sharp lenses to go with it.


Selected for FLICKR Explore December 4, 2020, # 42.


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Taken on November 14, 2020