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Autumn in the Wheaton Valley | by kdee64
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Autumn in the Wheaton Valley

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An early evening shot, with mixed cloud providing dramatic contrast between patches of brightly lit autumn leaves and shadow, this is a view of Becker Creek in the Wheaton Valley, about 50k south of Whitehorse. When lit up by the sun, the leaves at this time of year are simply dazzling.


Technical: A manual blend of 2 exposures in CS5, one for the sky, one for the foreground.


Aesthetic: Though I love mountains, and they often look spectacular in real life, they are probably the most difficult subject in landscape photography. It is challenging to find lines and depth to lead a viewer into the background, so a scene that seemed spectacular when you took the photo, looks crowded, uninspiring and flat when you view the photo later. I sometimes try to find a foreground pond, lake or river to provide some space and an entrance into the image.


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Taken on September 7, 2011