Autumn through the eyes of the photographer
Autumn colors are a great variety. In some areas the riot of colors lasts only a week or less, while in others it will last more than a month. Each area wears its own unique colors, depending on the flora growing on its territory and other factors, such as climatic conditions and soil structure.
Do some research in your area to find out when the leaves begin to change color, and use this great opportunity with the maximum benefit for themselves. You can also use Google’s quick search to find the most beautiful autumn landscapes in your places of residence.
If you plan to conduct a small photographic expedition, then this service will help you such web sites as Flickr and Panoramio. Here you can see how different areas look at different times of the year. Just enter the tags for the time of year and the place you plan to visit.
Regardless of weather conditions and lighting, you can always get great photos of nature in the fall. If it is a sunny day, then you will have plenty of light, but it is fraught with sharp shadows and highlights, which can reduce the saturation of the color shades of the surrounding objects. To cope with this, try using a polarizing filter, changing the shooting angle, or shooting at a time when the sun is low above the horizon.
If the sky has a bright white color, simply exclude it from the composition of your composition. The soft light of the bright sky is ideal for photographing small parts that are free from glare and harsh shadows.
A rainy day may seem like a “wash-out” paint, but water actually brings out colors like nothing else. The best time for photographing is right after the end of the rain, especially if a ray of sunshine breaks through the clouds to illuminate the surrounding landscape.
With a sudden cold snap, look for the first frost patterns on the foliage of the shrubs. If you are not afraid of the cold, you can capture in the frame very interesting and amazing textures, especially in the early morning when the air is very fresh and clear.
If you place the removed foliage between the camera and the sun, then the sun’s rays will create a backlight, making the leaves shining, and beautifully revealing the patterns of their thin veins. If you can see the sky through the foliage, then try to shoot it when the color of the sky turns bright blue to create a beautiful color contrast.
Photographing leaves may cause some difficulty on a windy day. In such cases, it is better to look for water reflections of autumn colors, and try to create more abstract images.
Leaves that have fallen to the ground can be an excellent subject for photographing. Try to shoot them from a low position (from ground level), and you will get a photo with a very interesting perspective.
Also try shooting trees from the bottom up (against the sky) to emphasize their height and splendor.
Combining in your plot the bright colors of autumn leaves with the smooth and silky surface of small waterfalls can give amazing results. At the same time, try using a long exposure to blur the water surface, flowing in stages between the fallen leaves.
Large photos of autumn
A simple, minimalist composition can become as significant as a complex, multi-subject plot. Take close-ups of several leaves using a wide aperture, such as F / 2.8 or F / 4, to achieve a shallow depth of field that isolates fine details.
Depth of field. Decide for yourself which part of the plot you want to focus on, and use your camera’s diaphragm to control the depth of field.
Exposure compensation. To deepen the tone and highlight the colors of surrounding objects, try a little underexposure the image. The easiest way to do this is to find the exposure compensation button (+/-) on the camera, and set the exposure value somewhere between -0.5 EV and -1.0 EV.
White balance. If you are taking pictures in the “golden time” (just before sunset or right after sunrise), you probably don’t want to set the camera to automatically balance white to eliminate beautiful yellow-orange ambient lighting, which is exactly what your camera will try to do. However, if you set the white balance switch to the Daylight position, your photos will retain the warm sunshine.
Try different settings (presets) for white balance with varying lighting to find the best color balance. It is especially important to get the correct white balance if you are shooting in jpeg format. When shooting in RAW format, the white balance can be adjusted during the subsequent post-processing of still images.