|A beautiful red oak in Rosebud, Texas, with my judicial|
and skilled, if I may say, use of Photoshop.
Without going into all the details, the lighting was from the right back, in other words, partially backlit, which is what you want.
Photoshop work, without giving away details, involved some dodging, some burning, some of the highlights/shadow command, moderate application of, and proper settings for, Photoshop's HDR toning, then my usual combo of Gaussian blur and unsharp mask.
I'd guesstimate this weekend is just about peak color in central Texas. So, if you have time free on or around the weekend, make a thermos of coffee or tea, get in the car, drive at a leisurely pace to and through some favorite spots, and enjoy.
For some more photos from in and around Rosebud, go here.