Posted on Oct 05, 2011 | Comments 0
It’s that time of the year again when the leaves on the trees are changing color. It’s one of the most active times of the year for those who want to capture a kaleidoscope of colors. It’s quite easy to photograph the beautiful trees in the fall and that’s probably one of the reasons it’s such a popular thing to do.
The trees don’t move, which makes them such an easy subject. You can also shoot them from close up, mid-range, or from a distance. You’ll see a wide range of colors such as red, yellow, purple, orange, green and brown, also in a wide array of different shades.
There are several American states where the annual fall colors are simply stunning. These include theNew England region as well as New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. You’ll also find some gorgeous views in forests across Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and Utah.
It’s usually not hard to find a suitable location and it’s often interesting to take shots at the same spot to compare the changes in colors as the weeks pass by. As long as there are some hardwood trees in your vicinity and the weather has turned cooler, you should be all set.
Once the days begin to get shorter the trees actually go into a rest mode. During the summer they produce food by the process of photosynthesis. The green color in leaves is caused by chlorophyll. When the autumn comes the chlorophyll will break down and the green color gradually disappears and other colors take over.
You can take shots of the trees at just about any time of the day. However, the most interesting shadows are often created in the morning as well as late afternoon. It’s a good idea to take your photos when your shadow is longer than you actually are. But in reality, each lighting type will offer a different and effective photo opportunity, even when it’s misty, foggy, and cloudy.
It’s generally a good idea to capture the fall colors as soon as possible because it’s impossible to predict how long they’re going to last. They could quickly disappear if a heavy frost hits the region or a big storm. The colors usually diminish during a frost and a storm could blow the leaves from the trees pretty quickly.
Many photographers like to use polarizing filters when they capture the fall colors as they can enrich and darken the blue in the sky as well as cut down glare created by water. This can be useful if you’re attempting to reflect the color of the leaves in nearby water. If you’d like to enrich the yellow and red colors in the photos you can try using intensifying or enhancing filters.
The closer you get to the leaves you’ll notice that most of them have small tears or holes in them. However, these aren’t visible from a distance. In addition, you should also keep your eye out for distractions in your images such as wires and telephone poles.
Of course you can always take photos of people as well when you’re capturing the beauty of the colourful leaves. It’s common for people to rake the leaves into a pile and then take shots as children are playing in them or throwing them up into the air. Remember, that fall colors don’t always last too long and they only come once a year. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture some glorious images or you’ll have to wait for the calendar to turn its pages to next autumn.
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