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Trees and leaves #1

Trees and fallen leaves in autumn, Grasmere, Lake District

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The story behind this image

My wife Liz and I were enjoying a weekend break in the Lake District, staying at a guest house on the shores of the beautiful Grasmere lake.

I was well excited at the prospect of rising before dawn and photographing the hills reflecting in the calm, mist shrouded waters outside my bedroom window, just as the rising sun kissed the peaks - nice idea eh?

Instead what I got was flat grey low cloud with intermittent drizzle, no sign of the sun and no peaks either, as the blanket of cloud was so low everything was obscured.

Ho hum - what to do? Go back to bed or get up anyway and explore the woods at the end of the lake? In the end we decided to get up and have a look, and I'm so glad we did as the Autumn colours in the woodland were just stunning, and the flat grey lighting that was so disappointing earlier proved to be ideal for bringing out the colours and textures under the trees.

A polariser helped by reducing and glare off the wet foliage, and Liz and I spent a happy couple of hours in the damp just marvelling at the beauty of God's creation.

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Image data

Filename - trees leaves 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 5D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 21mm

Exposure - 30secs @ f18, ISO200

Location - Grasmere, Lake District

This image - 640x800px JPEG

Conversion - ACR & PS-CS2

Comments - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.