Capturing Fall Colors
Fall is here, the temperature is starting to drop, and pops of color
are starting to appear. Fall is my favorite season and I love going
outside to capture pictures of the fall colors. There are so many
different ways to approach taking pictures in the fall, but I wanted
to share a few of my favorite ideas with you.
Peak Season Color
If you live in an area with higher elevation, the leaves will start to
change color earlier than other places. Figure out when fall colors
will start to peak in your area and plan your photo shoots to capture
the times with best color. However some places will get much more change in
color than others. If you live in an area of lower
elevation, you won't see a lot of fall leaves change color. Raleigh,
North Carolina, for instance, doesn't get as much color change as
Roanoke, Virginia. Because I know that Raleigh isn't famous for it's
fall color, I planned a trip to Asheville to take some photos up in
the mountains during peak season. Plan out what time and where to
take pictures to best capture the color. One way to do this is to
Google a fall color map of your state and figure out which places
close to you have the best peak color.
When taking pictures of fall foliage, you should pay attention to the
lighting and how it affects your scene. Typically, it is best to
shoot early in the morning or later in the day because harsh midday
light doesn’t bring out the colors in the leaves as well as the softer
golden hour light. Shooting while it is overcast can also be really
effective because it gets rid of the dark contrasting shadows. If you
do decide to shoot while it is sunny, try a polarizing filter to
combat the harsh light.
Water can be magical when photographing fall foliage. The water
brings out the vividness of the colors and really makes the fall
foliage stand out. Ideally, try to shoot right after a rain shower to
capture the colors. Waterfalls or reflections in a lake are also neat
ways to add interest to an image. Even just photographing the
colorful rippling reflections in water makes for an interesting
abstract image. Long exposures for waterfalls can add a soft magical
feel to the fall scenery.
Try New Angles
One temptation that is hard to resist is to only take wide angle
landscape shots. Don’t limit yourself to only shooting one way, but
try to find new angles and ways to approach taking pictures of the
fall foliage. Look up into the trees to add perspective, zoom in on
patches of leaves for more macro shots, find fallen leaves on pathways
that add contrasting pops of color. There are always a variety of
photographic opportunities around you, so it is important to be
actively looking and finding those moments.
The best way to find pictures is to get out there and find locations.
Don’t be afraid to explore around and go out of your way to find that
perfect shot hidden away. Maybe it’s through hiking or maybe it’s
through driving around, but however you explore, make sure you have
your camera ready to snap.
I hope this blog post helps you as you explore the outdoors during the
fall and attempt to capture the fall foliage. Grab a camera, head
outside, and have fun taking photos!