November 1 color 700

“The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear.” –   William Cullen Bryant

After beautiful early fall weather winds down and Halloween is over, the increasingly gray days of November are next in the annual cycle. The thought of these upcoming bad weather days that will inevitably lead to winter inspired me to create some meditative photos.

As always when I’m being creative with Picasa, it was lots of fun to experiment with combining the different options and fixes. It was also a great excuse to work on my favorite subject, trees.

The next three blog entries show a photo that started as an ordinary summer photo, but I was able to transform each into an introspective photo evocative of late autumn. I used different techniques for each photo.

The first photo below started as a sunny photo snapped in the local park. I had fun using these steps to strip away all summer joy: straighten, auto contrast, tuning to the darkest shadow setting, black and white, allover graduated tint, cinemascope to add an almost sepia tone, posterize and more shadow tuning. The composition would also work well in black and white.

November 1 original 700