Fall Colors ... !
I am not sure exactly where to post this, so I am putting it in this forum (apologies if it belongs somewhere else).
What is your favorite type of fall color picture (subject, place/location, style, exact timing, etc.) and why?
I am getting ready to shoot my first fall where I am living in a place that actually turns, AND have a couple of cameras at my disposal. THe weather here promises to be rainy, so I will have to see how this works out, but you guys get my drift!)
B & D
Quiquid Latine dictum sit altum viditur
I shoot mostly B&W but I do love the Autumn, (sorry Fall for you north Americans ), for photographing in colour. I love the colours of leaves as they start to die off.
Originally Posted by Bromo33333
This weekend I plan to go for a hike in the Cooley Mountains where the hillsides will glow a rusty orange colour which is just beautiful. I must remember to bring the camera and a roll of Velvia.
It's a tough call. There are a lot of different opportunities to be had in the Fall. Like Peter, I usually shoot with black and white film, but for something like Fall where the color is the subject, color film is certainly my preferred choice. When I lived somewhere that had actual seasons I used to go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In looking back over those photographs I find that I shot a number of vistas with sweeping swaths of Autumn colors, but there are also a number of colored leaf close-ups. I would suggest working with strong contrasting colors to get the full effect. Morning mist over a golden and red stand of trees is always a nice view, and often you can get strong impressions from a single leaf placed carefully to set off the color. What ever you find, let us have a peek when you're done!
Well here is my story.
Highway 118 northwest of Bracebridge Ontario, The fall colours are really blasting out at you, everywhere bright oranges,greens reds. Laura and I do a 700km drive over three day thanksgiving weekend, We almost ran over the largest wild turkey crossing the highway that I have ever scene. Heck there goes supper, Laura step on the gas.
Up in this area you really don't have to go far to find an image. As we pull over to a large pond, small lake I set up the Nobelex to take some Panoramas of this wonderful scene.
Imagine, weeds and bushes with dark water running in the foreground, a section of shimmering water with the reflections of the other shore running at me, white birches surrounded by the most glamourus array of colours you can imagine set into a muskoka rockface with wonderful deep blue skys. I am loaded up with Reala and am thinking Shit I wish the Silver Competition or Emulsion Competition will allow Colour because Alex Hawley dosen't stand a chance this time.
Can It get any better, well if you can imagine a white wild Female Swan the largest I have ever scene swims into the scene. Alex , you don't stand a chance now. I take a few award winning images and much to my suprise, another Swan Male this time comes across the lake fast towards my scene, well I am thinking Nobel Peace prize for best photograph ever.
Anyways the male has his way 20 ft from my astonished lens and then they sit crooning for at least another 20minutes right in the beauty spot of the scene. Alex , eat your heart out.
There fore to answer the question of where to take fall colours , undoubtley Muskoka and Lake of Bays have to be the best spot in the world.
My favorite fall photos (of those I've taken) are leaf close-ups. These are very tough to do well; most individual fall leaves have ugly brown blemishes. There's also the fact that the leaves often don't come out looking nearly as dramatic on film as they do in person. The best ones I've taken have water drops on them from recent rainfalls but were taken with good sunlight -- that is, there's a shower, then the weather clears up quickly. That's when to go out to get this sort of shot. Here's one I took a couple of years ago:
I suppose if you wanted to cheat, you could go out with a spray bottle filled with water to create your own "rain" on a sunny day.
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Like srs5694 this year I've been taking some leaf closeups using the Macro setting on my Nikkor 28-80 zoom. This arose in part because I realized I was getting bored of shooting scenes like "Winding country lane bordered by trees ablaze with Fall colors...".
Mainly, I chose this Autumn to burn off my remaining rolls of Kodachrome 64. It's gotten too difficult to get processed (even Mr. K sends them to Dwayne's) so I figured the Fall colors was a nice way to say "goodbye" to an old friend.
We've had a very wet year and it seems as if the colors up in Copake last weekend were less spectacular and also that many trees were rather "sparse" as if they'd dropped a lot of leaves before turning. Of course every year I head the "locals" say that the colors are "off" and not as good as in the past. Do you think it's "human nature" to say such things?
yer makin' me cry here. I'm stuck in the desert while back home things are almost peak.
I know what you mean... Where I live there is Summer, and a brief period of what I call 'Summer-light' which isn't that much different than Summer. Palm trees don't change color unless they die and even the oak trees keep their leaves.
Relax, Jeanette - it's snowing like crazy today and its all gone anyway.
Originally Posted by BWGirl
"I always take a camera, That way I never have to say 'Gee, look at that - I wish I had a camera'" -Joe Clark, H.B.S.S.
Originally Posted by Lopaka
Yeah, what is going on out there? I got a call from a co-worker on a biz trip in Chicago and he said it was snowing!
For cripes sake, it's only Oct. 12th. You just keep that white stuff out there with you, okay? Don't send it eastward, for crying out loud!