Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5

Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.4 D lens, f/11, 0.4-1.6s, ISO 100, finished in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom 5

I’ve taken Rich Harrington’s advice and read The Visual Story, by Bruce R. Block, and the one point that always comes to mind is that contrast is a major key to a great image. Color contrast is one of the first topics, and he teaches that even the richest red is more red when viewed next to blue.

I’m applying this to photographing fall colors, which are at full power in much of the USA right now. Green is a cool color and when green trees and grass are included with the warm orange and red of the changing trees, it makes all the colors more vibrant.

Of course, using Photomatix Pro to combine three exposures and end up with a 16 bit TIFF also helps keep the full range of color under control without losing a drop to clipped highlight areas.

So, get out there, find some contrasting colors and make some pictures.


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  1. Levi, I took your advice and purchased The Visual Story. I’m slowing reading it and finding many ways to improve my photography. Thanks!

  2. I’m glad to help, Carlos. I love that book.


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About Levi Sim

Passion drives Levi to make photographs, teach, and help new friends. He tells people he's a photographer, but he really does more than just make pictures. His professional photography is primarily commercial work for businesses, both small and large, and he really helps show how great it'd be to work with those companies. He excels at photographing people, from two-year-olds to oil field workers to couples married for 60 years, everyone has a good time making pictures with Levi. Besides people and businesses, Levi enjoys all other aspects of photography, and practices landscapes and still life, as well. Other people enjoy photographing everything, and Levi wants to be able to help, so he practices as much as he can to be ready to help. He also runs a local photography club, is a Rotarian, actively helps at church, is a husband, and poppa to a peppy four-year-old girl. Levi writes regularly for and is co-author of books on Adobe Lightroom.


HDR, Landscape, Photography, Shooting