Autumn colors, prepare the way
Soon all will turn, white and gray
Long nights of short gloomy days
Wrinkles emerge as smiles betray
Cold stabs of the night, after the sunset
Cling on to dear hope in the dawning light
Consoling tears to remind, never to forget
Days of consolation, when skies are bright
©Johnny J P Lee
02 March 2021
Photos Credit J. P. Lee
I Hit the Out-of-Office Button and Went Outside! (Hot Springs National Park) by Mark Stevens
An image captured while walking the Short Cut Trail with a view looking to the northwest through a forest of nearby trees in Hot Springs National Park. A number of things drew me into this setting: one was the carpet of leaves all around. There’s something about autumn with those fallen leaves and then walking or running my feet through it…love it! Then there was the color of leaves in the nearby trees, another sign of Autumn. Another was that portion of steps in the image lower center. While mostly covered with leaves, I loved the idea of them as part of this walk. The rest was just a simple beauty of walking in the woods of another national park explored. That’s the composition of this image. Metering was a matter of finding a shutter speed where I could minimize blowing any of the highlights while still pulling out the more shadowed areas in post-production without any color cast. I later worked with control points in DxO PhotoLab 3 and then made some adjustments to bring out the contrast, saturation and brightness I wanted for the final image.
Plan Your Next Adventure in Hot Springs National Park by Mark Stevens
A view looking back up the trail hiked to the east and high point of West Mountain along the Sunset Trail in Hot Springs National Park. What I was trying to capture with this image was the forested setting with the colors of autumn and carpet of fallen leaves. It was a sunny day, so including a little bit of the blue skies was in someways a color contrast that complemented this national park landscape.
Letting Nature Pamper Me with Snapshots of Autumn in Hot Springs National Park! by Mark Stevens
A view looking to the northeast at forest of colors all around while walking the Sunset Trail in Hot Springs National Park one November afternoon. What drew me into this setting was the this one section on the backside of West Mountain that had amazing earth tone colors of autumn with these wonderful yellows, oranges and reds present in the leaves. Composing it was a matter of finding that angle that allowed me to capture a view across it as best as possible. A little bit of the trail was included, but I didn’t feel distracted as it also had a carpet of fallen leaves that matched the setting of Autumn.
“The mind is like an umbrella. It’s most useful when open.”
Oil paint on canvas
The Forest…Real, Rooted and No Need for Refinement (Hot Springs National Park) by Mark Stevens
An image captured while on the Goat Rock Traill in Hot Springs National Park with a view looking to the southwest as the sun began setting off in the distance. Composing this image was a matter of lining up a view with the nearby forest of trees and the more distant mountains off in the distance. Metering the image was a little trickier and decided to take advantage of the nearby trees to keep the brighter sun partially hidden but allow enough sunlight to bring out the colors present with this late afternoon light. I later worked with control points in DxO PhotoLab 3 and then made some adjustments to bring out the contrast, saturation and brightness I wanted for the final image.
Autumn on the Canal
I Took a Trip to Hot Springs National Park by Mark Stevens
I Took a Trip to Hot Springs National Park On an airplane flight not too far away I left in the morning hours before the sun had risen And later climbed the mountains of the Ozarks I saw the moon so high above And looked across a forest of trees with it so many colors A coolness of wind blew, adding a hint of autumn in the air There’s definitely something to be said for finding your park in Hot Springs! Another work of short poetry or prose to complement the image captured one late afternoon at Goat Rock in Hot Springs National Park. This view was looking to the southeast across the various hillsides and ridgelines of the Ouachita Mountains while walking the namesake trail. From this overlook, one could easily see for miles. My idea and composing this image was to balance the hillsides of trees stretching off to a distant horizon with that of the blue skies and moon above. I did some initial post-processing work making adjustments to contrast, brightness and saturation while playing around as I learned how to work with DxO PhotoLab 3. I then exported a TIFF image to Nik Color Efex Pro 4 where I added a Polarization and Foliage filter for that last effect on the image captured.
Blue Skies as a Distant Backdrop for a Forest on Sugarloaf Mountain (Hot Springs National Park) by Mark Stevens
A view looking to the northeast and high point with Sugarloaf Mountain while walking the Sunset Trail in Hot Springs National Park one November morning. I liked how the blue skies were a pretty nice color contrast to the more earth tones of the nearby forest and mountainside.
Old Conservatory’s Faded Colors