Photographing Fall Leaves

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If I had my way, I’d be posting colorful landscape photos here, containing vibrant colors, on mountainous terrain, with nice blue sky and puffy clouds above. Alas, such is not to be so far this Fall. Not to be deterred, I seek what I can get. In the case of these images, it’s close up, backlit areas of color-change seen on trees near home. “Light” is critical for these type images. I prefer backlit leaves because lots of detail results, along with good color. I always stand in the shade when making the shot, to prevent lens flare and over exposure.

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Looking at Leaves

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(Photos made with Fujifilm X-100T w/23mm lens.)

Falling leaves in some stage of transformation from summer to fall colors are plentiful here in SW Virginia. However, those still on the trees are not yet as colorful as I’d like. A Fall season photo composition I often look for involves leaves on water, with reflections present. This works good for me as below, when I find reflections on ponded water on paved surfaces.

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Backlit trees and leaves are another subject I seek throughout the year; but, it works best in the Fall by making colors more vibrant. The photo below looks under a very large Magnolia Tree across he street from our home. This massive tree is a favorite subject of mine throughout the year.

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