Self Portrait at Longwood Gardens
My wife and I went to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA last Friday in an effort to see it with the fall colors before Hurricane Sandy wiped them all out. We took this portrait of me inside one of the tree houses on the property. I was backed up to a window that opened up to a dense grove of sycamore and oak trees with brilliant yellow colors. We used on-camera flash to fill and add a little sparkle to the eyes. I had to dodge my face and front of my fleece jacket to lighten it a bit, even with the fill flash. What do you think? Are the window slats distracting? I have another from a different location without the slats.

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Fri Oct 26, '12 09:33AM
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Media ID 20121101095737518  
Date Fri Oct 26, '12 09:33AM
Comments 1
Views 2636
Uploaded By Walter Rowe
Aperture Value f//8
Artist Walter Rowe
Copyright Copyright 2012 Walter Rowe
Date/Time Fri Oct 26, '12 09:33AM
EXIF Image Height 800 pixels
EXIF Image Width 1200 pixels
Exposure Bias -1.33 EV
Flash Compulsory Flash, Return light detected
Focal Length 56 mm
Image Description Longwood Gardens
ISO 400
Make Nikon Corporation
Metering Mode Pattern
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Sensing Method One Chip Color Area Sensor
Shutter Speed Value 1/15 sec
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I like the slats - lets the viewer know you are inside, and the position of the slats is pleasingly symmetrical.

No quibble with the flash and post treatment either. But what I love is that gorgeous splash of autumnal yellow as a backdrop. It's an impressive tonal balance you accomplished between the vastly different lighting of FG and BG.