This shot was taken in mid October from our living room.
I have been working on a few custom shooting modes on my 30D. One in particular which you’ll be seeing more of is a high contrast / low saturation combination. The reason why I like this combo is because I enjoy the more dramatic shadows, and the contrast boost provides that. The contrast boost also leaves your photo looking a bit too saturated (over-coloured) so to compensate I’ve lowered the saturation at the same time. Sometimes this can make people look really intense, or in weird lighting, dead, but for artistic non-human shots it is working out very well.
The above shot would not look very good in the combo mode. The shot above is based on a lot of similar light, and the obfuscation that it provides. Contrast kills this and many other ambient lighting situations. Anyway enjoy your Friday!