Yes, it's a photograph. I don't see how making a painting of this would add anything to my appreciation of the sight. These trees are on the street where my parents live, where I grew up. The house down the street there is not the parental home. Nature turns up the saturation and goes over the top here, at this time of year. I spent today looking at the brilliant colors as well as socializing with the family. I am on my best behavior.
Photo taken with a Canon S90 "point and shoot."