Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ah yes, Autumn--When Nature Adds Color as It Loses Color

Who does not love autumn, right? You don't have to be a photographer to appreciate nature's "quilt of many colors" this time of year. Some parts of Colorado (and I'm sure other places as well) have even created a name for those of us who like to get out and look at the leaves turning: "Leaf Peepers." 

 Here are some tips to capture those awesome colors the way you remember them: 1) Overcast skies are perfect conditions. The clouds serve as a natural diffuser which makes the colors pop out!  2) On a gray day with dull skies, minimize the amount of sky in your photo  3) Don't just settle for that stunning broad view of the trees, close in and take a few shots on the ground.  4) Depending on where you live, look for what I call the surrealistic juxtaposition of two or three seasons in the same photo! If you really want to get sharp, clear photos, use a tripod or place your camera on a solid object like a fence, car hood, rock, etc.
Here are just a few (low-res) autumn images which I have in my broad collection.


  1. I love the photo of the wet road and also the red leaves. Are those new from this fall?

  2. Actually, no. The wet road is included in my upcoming e-book, Arkansas: Do You See What I See?
    It's a road on West Mountain in Hot Springs, Ark.

    The red & black leaves are not old, but not new to this year--I saw these on Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, CO a couple of years ago...