One of the most amazing things about autumn is the foliage. The colors are breathtaking, but short lived. Capturing those brilliant oranges, reds and yellows with your camera is easy with a few tips. Try a few of these suggestions when fall colors arrive in your neck of the woods, or on your next leaf-peeping weekend away.
While it is possible to get great shots any time of day, the direct sun’s harsh light can distort the colors you are trying to capture. Early morning or later in the day provide a soft light that’s great for keeping the focus on the foliage.
It can also be fun to change your angle; photographing tall trees from below or taking a wide landscape shot from a distance can create a dramatic image.
Getting in close adds texture to the image, and draws the eye to the little details and variations of color in the leaves. This leaf was held between the lens of the camera and the bright sunlight. (It may help to have someone hold the leaf for you so you can steady and focus your camera).
Sometimes a great fall photo doesn’t have to be just about the leaves. Including other points of interest, like the bridge above, can add to the narrative your image creates.
Reflection in water is a fantastic addition to an image. If you have access to a lake, pond or river nearby, visit when the leaves change. Stand far enough away to capture both the water and the landscape behind, preferably with morning or late afternoon sunlight.
Add a soundtrack to your season! Check out our ‘Fall’s New Mood’ playlist on Spotify, to inspire you this autumn. Just click on the link below to listen and enjoy:
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Apples are ripe for picking, and no fall season is complete without an incredible apple pie! Try this Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette, courtesy of Food52. It contains all the rich fall flavors of apple and pumpkin, and can be enjoyed as a dessert or breakfast treat.
Find the complete recipe here:
Serves 6 to 8
While the shots of New England foliage in the fall are incredible, you don’t have to travel far to capture a great photo of your own. This image was taken on the sidewalk in front of a supermarket. As the leaves start to change in the coming days and weeks, keep your eyes open for little moments like these!
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