As I was making dinner tonight I looked out the window and saw the sunlight shining through the maple trees as they were blooming. They were glowing red. I grabbed my camera and went out to see if I could capture it. To get a decent angle, I climbed up into the girls' swing set. Focusing on a tree is difficult with AF and I almost switched to MF but managed to catch this. I didn't have a lot of time since dinner was left on the counter and the kids needed to eat so I shot a few quick shots then climbed back down. If I were to do it again and had time, I'd have gotten my bigger lens but time was of the essence so I shot with what was already on the body.
In post I cropped it some, adjusted the curve a smidge, increased the vibrance a bit, boosted the red and orange luminance to pop the "helicopters" while decreasing the blue to deepen the sky
When I went back through the pictures I had to zoom in for my own edification. What I found made me appreciate my Nikon lens. This is a close up of the middle of the picture above. It is just as sharp as the original. I would not have gotten such crisp results with my old Sigma. I am a happy tog.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun