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November 18, 2005
Inokashira Park: Colors of fall - flash filled...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

Inokashira Park is centered around some long, narrow ponds. Many of the views that I enjoy are through the trees on one side of a pond to the other side - which in the best case is lit with sunlight.

The problem is that cameras have very poor dynamic resolution in back-lit cases like these. I took one of my external flash units with me on this trip and I used it to attempt to catch the good backlight but fill in the foreground some as well.

This is a very delicate process - and I certainly haven't perfected it - distances, actual ambient light, reflection and other factors are at play. But I did get some good results.

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There's something very rich about the backlit colors of fall with something other than a totally black foreground. The shrub on the lower right is too lit by the flash and the reflector on the pole is annoying - but those can be fixed with p'shop...

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It's not cherry blossom season now. But the colors are really fabulous.

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Without the flash, we don't get that rich reflection in the water. This is just about the right amount of flash on the trees.

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These trees are just barely illuminated - but at least there are some features that you can make out on them. But again - the rich reflection of the fall colors from the other side is the payoff.

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In this case - shooting up through the covering into the sunlight - the flash does a good job of illuminating the lichen features of the major character trees in the shot. They'd be completely black without the flash. The lower center shrub probably has a bit too much flash on it.

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In some cases, because of distance or reflectivity - or both - we don't get much in the way of trucnk features - like the big cherry on the left. Still, this is a keeper I think.

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It's really difficult to overcome the dynamic range of this much backlight from the sky. But I still like the effect ...

More Inokashira Park coming ...



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