Nature’s Kaleidoscope

Today’s post features another focus-stacked image of the recent fall colors at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, in the Missouri Ozarks. As leaf colors began changing colors, it was not unusual to run across a tree with multi-colored leaves, forming a natural kaleidoscope of colors:

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A Colorful Hiking Trail

Today’s post features a few more fall color images from the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri).

The prevailing color of the tree leaves at Ha Ha Tonka State Park was yellow, although a few orange and red leaves were intertwined with the yellow-leaved trees:

Coming up … a few more fall colors at the Lake of the Ozarks, then moving on to some other subjects.

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Tamron 17-35mm, f/2.8 wide angle lens
  • Handheld
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/22 and f/32
  • Shutter 1/6 sec. and 1/10 sec.
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Off the Beaten Trail

Today’s post features a panorama that I made during one of my fall color hikes at the Lake of the Ozarks. On this day, I got off the main trail and walked through some woods, until it opened up with this scene:

Like I said previously, this is one of the best years for fall colors at the Lake of the Ozarks that I have seen!

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Tamron 17-35mm, f/2.8 wide angle lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/32
  • Shutter 1/20 sec.
  • Panorama made by combining 9 images, in Photoshop
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A View From the Bluffs

Today’s post features a couple of images I captured last week while hiking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, in the Missouri Ozarks.

Hiking along the bluffs, I ran across a couple of views that showed not only the changing fall colors, but the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks:

Coming up … more fall colors from the Missouri Ozarks … such an incredibly colorful change of seasons this year!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Tamron 17-35mm, f/2.8 wide angle lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/22
  • Shutter 1/8 sec. and 1/2 sec.
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Stacking the Leaves

Today’s post features a couple of focus-stacked images I captured last week during peak fall colors around the Lake of the Ozarks, in south-central Missouri.

Focus-stacking is a technique I really like to employ when capturing close-up images, or macro images. Using a shallow depth of field, I capture multiple images, varying the focusing point on the subject, with each image captured. Then using focus-stacking software (I use HeliconFocus), I stitch all images together. This results in an image that has more depth in focus, while still maintaining a good, out-of-focus background to the image.

Both of today’s images were captured along a trail in Ha Ha Tonka State Park, located on the southern edge of the Lake of the Ozarks:

And by moving the tripod just a foot or so, this next image was captured, that gives a little different mood to the scene:

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3021 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/90 sec. and 1/125 sec.
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Nature’s Color Wheel

Over the past few days I have been photographing the changing fall colors at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, in the Missouri Ozarks. Here are a few of the overall landscape images I have collected. In another post, I will feature some individual and small grouping of leaves. This time of year is always so magical as one hikes the Missouri Ozarks!

Here are a few of my favorite images:

Although nice colors were around when these images were captured, peak color was not here for a few more days. Stay tuned for more fall color images from the area.

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