Autumn Colour

October 12, 2011

Pumpkins at Misty Valley Farms Market

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Autumn appears to have arrived bringing cooler temperatures and that wonderful fall colour.

As a photographer, I am aware that images of pumpkins proliferate this time of year.  There is a reason for that-pumpkins are emblematic of the change in season and provide a warm glow to any field or market.  That rich colour can be enhanced by the low angle of the early morning sun.

Rack of tomatoes at Misty Valley Farms Market

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

That low angle of the rising sun produces light in the 3300-3400 K (Kelvin) range, which is the orange portion of the colour spectrum.  As a result, orange, red, and yellow objects appear especially vibrant.

Field of sumac near The Angle at the Gettysburg Battlefield

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Later in the day, as the sun arcs higher into the sky, the colour temperature gets quite a bit cooler.  Even so, red is a colour that gets our attention.  Think about the colour of (most) fire trucks, stop signs, and emergency exit signs.  We have been conditioned to notice the colour red.  It was the colour of this sumac that I noticed out of the corner of my eye while driving on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

This field is in close proximity to both The Angle and the High Water Mark, which are well-known landmarks on the Battlefield.  These points designate the farthest northern progress for the Confederate Army and where one of the Civil War’s most decisive battles took place. It seems more than a bit ironic to be there on a day when the sumac was such a deep, rich, red given the events that happened here in 1863.

Take care.

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