Capturing autumn, part II: light, color and composition
Successful images of autumn foliage can be made regardless of whether the skies are cloudy or blue. When the skies are clear, plan to shoot early or late, when the sun is lower in the sky and the light warmer and less “contrasty”. If you’re unable to shoot at these “golden hour” times, you can sometimes find shooting opportunities in the dappled light of heavily wooded areas. Often, the light is diffused enough to cut down the contrast to manageable levels. Shooting back lit leaves can be effective in this situation.
– The lower contrast of overcast days means less glare and softer shadows, resulting in an evenly illuminated image with more deeply saturated colors. Just remember to not include any of that dull gray sky in your composition…
– Seek out unusual lighting.
– Shoot from an unusual perspective to give your viewers a fresh take on a familiar subject.
As always, keep working your composition. I see so many photographers snap an image or two and move on, while the best photographers will study their subject from every angle, searching for the perspective that best conveys their artistic vision. Sometimes the smallest change of position can yield a dramatically different result.
Next up, part III