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What's wrong with these pictures?

Two things: wind and shadow.

As you click through the image sequence, notice that the foliage seems to be pulsating. This is caused by branches being displaced by wind at the instant the shutter is snapped. On successive days, the displacements are uncorrelated, giving the undulating feel to the image sequence.

And on sunny days, shadows cause a high constrast between illuminated and shaded areas of the foliage. But on cloudy days, there is much less contrast.

These distractions make it difficult to appreciate the day-by-day spread of autumn color. Therefore, in the next phase of this project, I will be taking my pictures early in the morning (before sunrise on clear days) to eliminate shadows. At this time of day breezes also are at a minimum.

Last modified: May 13, 2008

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