Friday, October 4, 2013

Berry Berry Beautiful

by Deanna

   

I know that each of us only post every 2 weeks, and that may not seem alot to some, but with 11 other very talented ladies in this group I sometimes think...."what the heck am I gonna come up with this time?"  This week alone, Carol posted about Falling In Love With Fall, Kim told a delightful story of a fisherman, Leigh shared thoughts on October, Linda enlightened us with how we "see" more of everything and that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  I guess sometimes I just have to re-visit some of the things I love instead of trying to come up with something new.

After an appointment this morning, I planned on heading over to the arboretum. When I walked outside after the appointment, it was pouring down rain which totally bummed me out, but I checked the weather forecast on my trusty (I) smart phone, and it appeared (according to the radar) that the rain was moving away.  After stopping by Panera's for a little fuel (coffee and a orange flavored scone) off I went.

If any of you have known me for any length of time you know I have this "thing" for berries...first and foremost, red berries. However, not being a total purist, I have expanded this love to include not only red, but orange, yellow, blue....pretty much any color that falls into the category of "berry".  Their colors are at their best in the Fall, most eventually dry up, but right now, this week, they are at their finest.  Not only was there a harvest of various colored berries the bonus was the rain resulting in "BINGO" raindrops.

Beginning with my favorite "red" berries....


Then we have red berries with red leaves....


Sometimes I feel the urge to add some verbage....


And then there are the oranges...


 And the lighter oranges....


 Almost yellow...


And blue...


And blue with orange & red leaves...how sweet is that!!


And finally I came across this....not sure I would classify this as a true berry, but it was round and red so it got added to the pile....!!


As an fyi....when I am photographing reds, I tend to darken (lower) my exposure in my camera. Reds are sometimes difficult to capture without "a blown-out" look.  So I tend to really lower my exposure point when photographing reds, oranges or yellows.  It's much easier to lighten a photo than to try and clean up an over-exposed one.

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12 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh very very beautiful indeed! So many different berries, and thank you for the great exposure tip.

Cathy H. said...

Oh my, these are wonderful! Thanks for sharing these with us and for your tip!

kelly said...

oh deanna...i have such a thing for little berries. these are so delightful and you have captured them perfectly. really gets me into a fall frame of mind.

CarolHart said...

Your images are truly inspired! I especially love the texture layer with the definition of Autumnal. Thank you for talking about the occasional struggle to find something to blog about. There are times I feel like I have nothing terribly interesting to say. Thank God pictures can speak louder than words! Happy Friday!

terriporter said...

So glad you listened to the weatherman and ventured out in spite of the rain because the images you captured are stunning! So many wonderful colors! And I know exactly what you mean about reds blowing out and thanks for the tip on how to prevent that. It will come in handy when I'm shooting my red cactus flowers!

Dotti said...

Blogging about what you love {berries} is good. Sharing photos of what you love {berries} is even better. And the fact that said {berries} are wet with droplets - THE BEST!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Beautiful berries and great advice.

Kim Stevens said...

You certainly are the girl with the "berry" best photos of fall. Seriously, these are so great and I can't believe you found them in so many colors!! xo

sherrygaley said...

Berry nice, Deanna!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

I am a berry fiend! You live in the most awesome place. I have a pink snow berry bush. Does it count? It's loaded this year!.

Barb Brookbank said...

Deanna, your images of berries are wonderful - the raindrops are icing on the cake!

Susan said...

Berry Beautiful!! Love all the varieties and colors!

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