Another example of the amazing Dynamic range of the Phase One IQ100 digital back. This is one exposure and I was still able to hold my shadows and keep the highlights in line. This camera still continues to amaze me. What an amazing improvement over the CCD technology of the past.
On my recent trip to the Buffalo, I was surprised to see that the fall colors have already started to display. This shot was taken on the upper end of the Buffalo River at Steel Creek featuring Roark Bluff. The water is low, as expected for this time of year, but I was surprised by the amount of color already starting to show. Along with several tree species that have just turned brown. In this shot you can see that the Sycamore tree on the right side has a nice golden brown color and the trees to the immediate right edge are also showing some color.
The trees on the left are all Maple and Gum trees and since the sun was setting through them, I really could not see enough to tell what the colors might be. But looking upstream you can see that several oaks are getting the same yellow look.
This is tough shot to take in the late afternoon, since the sun will set right at your left side. But the reward is that the entire bluff will be lit up briefly by the sun. In the summer months, the effect is more pronounced since the sun is higher in the sky, but in the fall you can still catch a nice yellow tint to the rocks. I love to see the transition from yellow to grey on the bluff.
If you are lucky, you will not have any wind and can catch a wonderful reflection. This shot is also an excellent photographic study in the morning as most times there will be some fog on the river. You can catch the reflection and the fog both. I opt for the other solution which is to climb to the top of the bluff and catch the same shot but from the top of the bluff. Either way you can expect to find excellent shots.
This part of the Buffalo also is close to the Boxley Valley, which offers Lost Valley, and Elk among other great things to photograph.