Picture of the Day - October 25, 2009
"Fall and the Fury"
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Sometimes you go looking for one thing and end up captivated by
another! Today's foray into the Great Smoky Mountains began as a
search for Fall color, which we found in abundance. But the ominous
storm clouds that threatened to dampen our day were so dramatic they
captured my attention. The towering storm clouds, brightly lit by
the sun, cast their shadows across the Mountains.
The contrast between the clouds and the muted Fall colors below them
were a photographic challenge. Using my tripod-mounted Nikon D40, I
took four exposures ranging from one stop over-exposed to two stops
under-exposed. Combining them into a single HDR (High Dynamic Range)
image in Photomatix Pro, I "tweaked" the final image in Photoshop
By the way, despite all the threatening and bluster, the storm
clouds kept their distance for several hours, allowing my wife and I
to capture images at six different locations. As we turned for home,
the first raindrops pelted our windshield!
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Name: Rick Rouse
Comment on today's picture
Town: Abingdon, VA
As you said Gordon, there are some awesome contrasts in this image.
Your HDR skills must be exceptional because you managed to capture
the beauty in all of them, to the max.
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
God's beautiful coloring book!
Name: Micah Thompson
Town: Amarillo, TX
I'd love it if we could see scenes like this in my neck of the
woods. Come to think of it, we can - by visiting TodaysPhoto.org!
Great job Mr. Brugman! And thanks also to Mr. Rouse for bringing
these wonderful images into our homes every morning.
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
Outstanding job on the HDR Mr. Brugman. If I were in your area I
would gladly pay you to give me a comprehensive lesson. Fine, fine
Name: Adrianne Church
Town: Laramie, WY
Town: Buffalo, NY
From top to bottom, side to side, a beautiful fall scene by Mr.
Brugman. It is our good fortune that he shares his skills in
photography and technology here with us at Todaysphoto.org.
Name: Margaret Walton
Town: Olympia, WA
This is one of the most beautiful images ever Mr. Brugman. I love
Town: Spokane, WA
Another beautiful photo Gordon of the beautiful country that you
live in!! The colors are just breathtaking and I really like the
detail in the mountains. You really did a great job with the HDR
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