Fall Color in the Desert

Amazing Fall Colors in the Desert Mountains

Spent a great afternoon in the local mountains taking in the fall colors. We don’t get many colors in the Southwest, but we do have Aspens that turn into a beautiful yellow!

Our son has been getting over a cold for what seems like weeks. Now it’s a pesky cough that doesn’t want to subside and we thought about just laying low today. But the allure of seeing the only fall color of the season in our area called for new plans. We packed some lunch snacks and piled in the car for a 40 minute trip to the Spring Mountains in Southern Nevada. Lot of aspens amongst the pines above 7000ft elevation.

Fall Colors

This image is a hand held 3 exposure HDR, processed in Nik Software HDR Efex Pro2

Fall Colors

Canopy of aspens on the trail! This is a single exposure with the sun at about 2 o’clock… notice the slight sun flare in the middle top of the image.

Fall Colors

 

Fall Colors

 

Fall Colors

This is an image looking towards the valley floor 5000 ft below the trail.

The last 3 images are 3 exposure HDR’s edited in Nik Software HDR Efex Pro2 and OnOneSoftware’s Perfect Photo Studio 6

I’m definitely not an HDR pro and I needed my tripod, which of course I didn’t want to lug around with me. A lazy photographer I suppose. It’s fun to try new things and see what you can do. One day I really do need to replace my clunky Canon 5d, the original one from 2005….

 

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