Autumn Lighting - Jay Patel

The River Wild


We were looking for a wide open lake with a view of the mountains while visiting Baxter State Park in Maine for the first time in Autumn. But we ran out of time before the sunset and found this pretty river instead.

This photograph combines the use of few different photographic techniques to maximize the impact. I used leading lines to send the view through the image toward the distant mountain – and the rule of thirds to arrange my composition. I tried to fill the frame with color – including the pretty trees, and and the reflections on the water. I used three bracketed shots to produce the final image with a manual blend in Photoshop. I tried to bring out as much details as possible in every part of the image.

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