A Photo Gallery of Autumn In Southern California

Yes, We Have Fall Colors In Southern California..

Autumn leaves in a rushing creek can suggest energy as well as color..
Autumn leaves in a rushing creek can suggest energy as well as color.. | Source
By photographing this vibrant leaf against a background of wet grey stones, I was able to acheive some interesting contrast..
By photographing this vibrant leaf against a background of wet grey stones, I was able to acheive some interesting contrast.. | Source
I framed this shot of a deep blue creek with reddish leaves to create a frame of sorts..
I framed this shot of a deep blue creek with reddish leaves to create a frame of sorts.. | Source
I enhanced the natural amber tones with Topaz Labs adjustments, to create a shimmer of gold..
I enhanced the natural amber tones with Topaz Labs adjustments, to create a shimmer of gold.. | Source
This is called "abstract" photography...I used an oil painting setting on Photo Lab and created something like a Van Gogh from nature..
This is called "abstract" photography...I used an oil painting setting on Photo Lab and created something like a Van Gogh from nature.. | Source
By using a photo filter (violet) I created more drama to this autumn creek..
By using a photo filter (violet) I created more drama to this autumn creek.. | Source
A deep golden filter provided warmth to this autumn trail scene, taken in lovely Big Bear, Ca.
A deep golden filter provided warmth to this autumn trail scene, taken in lovely Big Bear, Ca. | Source
a russet field with relaxing horses can look more intense with a red photo filter..
a russet field with relaxing horses can look more intense with a red photo filter.. | Source
I softed the rocks using "poster edges" on Photo shop and brought out the warm tones..
I softed the rocks using "poster edges" on Photo shop and brought out the warm tones.. | Source
a nature trail in Oak Glen, Ca., becomes enflamed with color, thanks to Topaz Labs..
a nature trail in Oak Glen, Ca., becomes enflamed with color, thanks to Topaz Labs.. | Source
Autumn tones can have apricot as well as some slice of green in them, also, as in this shot..
Autumn tones can have apricot as well as some slice of green in them, also, as in this shot.. | Source
a rusted old truck with autumn pumpkins is an unusual autumn photo, made more interesting by the contrast of the snow..
a rusted old truck with autumn pumpkins is an unusual autumn photo, made more interesting by the contrast of the snow.. | Source
the blue waters of Lake Silverwood make a great setting against the golden trees..
the blue waters of Lake Silverwood make a great setting against the golden trees.. | Source
Again, I used a frame of red leaves to make an appealing composition of this pool..
Again, I used a frame of red leaves to make an appealing composition of this pool.. | Source
This close-up water scene has many different layers of color, reflections of the golden-red trees hovering over the creek..
This close-up water scene has many different layers of color, reflections of the golden-red trees hovering over the creek.. | Source

Lights, Camera, Photo Shop, Please!

I am from Northern California, but spent ten years back east, where I attended College. The fall leaves in areas such as Ohio, Vermont, and Maine are legendary. Here in Southern California we do not have the immense scarlet, mauve and amber tones so beloved back east--but we do have our own unique colors. The important things to remember are color, composition and contrast when photographing nature (or anything else for that matter!)

Instead of just snapping a shot of a lovely autumn tree, take it from an interesting angle. Get down on your knees or squat and look up into the tree, capturing the light as it falls down through the leaves. This is a technique that has always worked for me. Instead of following the crowd as they take photos of a lake, for instance, find an intriguing side trail or footpath and capture your own personal viewpoint. Panoramic shots are awesome and wonderful, but the world has many such pictures to view...make your composition something interesting and different from the mainstream.

Some of the autumn photos in my gallery were taken at difficult, slippery angles while standing on wet rocks or banks. The shot may look as peaceful and pristine as a floating swan, but that is far from the truth of the experience. Often I will bend down a lovely branch of leaves and use it as a frame of sorts for the focus of the picture. Ragged, intriguing rocks and funny-looking tree stumps can also be counted on to add drama to the composition. Several of the creek shots were taken with me standing in the water itself, in an area so wild and rugged, bees, thorns and snakes were in the general vicinity. Of course, you do not need to run off to the national forest to find an intriguing autumn photo.

In the photo of the rusted truck, for example, I used something by the side of the road. It has appeal as the pumpkins in the truck give it some charm. I liked the contrast of the light, icy looking snow. For photographers in cities, statues, parks and even stalled cars can provide some drama. Contrast is very important in the artistic world, as without it, everything blends into everything else. A sharp, dark branch in the foreground of your photo will bring out the softness of the scenery you are shooting. Always look for dramatic, vibrant contrast of interest.

In my leaf photo, I found a wet, cold stretch of rock in Forest Falls, and placed the subject where I could create a contrast. I liked the way the fragile leaf looked against the unforgiving rocks, and entitled it Remembrance and Regret, as autumn is often a time of personal reflection. Never be afraid to move things around to get a good shot.  Film directors and producers are very adept at this, and you can be too. By composing something original it becomes more and more your own personal statement on reality and beauty.

Photo Lab has given me a new world of color and light to explore..as a frustrated artist I found my abilities would only take me so far. I could sketch, but I rarely liked what I drew. I could paint, but never seemed able to capture the luminous world I wanted to possess. With my trusty Nikon digital camera and my photo lab programs, I can create art from the natural world. You can add shimmer and abstract colors and shapes at will--the important thing to be bold and experiment, and not strink back from exploring the options. If you apply too much vibrance and or color saturation, the worst that can happen is that you can decrease the amount or simply start over.The main point is to enjoy life, enjoy taking pictures and not worry about being too bold or too splashy...it's only a photograph, after all!


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

These are really nicely done Garnetbird, looks like you and your camera get along well, and your photo shopping adds a Wow factor, very enjoyable. Regards, snakeslane


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letterme 5 years ago

Beautiful!


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bobmnu 5 years ago from Cumberland

Very good hub and excellent photos. I enjoyed your creative use of filters. It helps that you explain how you took the photos and not just telling us about the photos. Keep up the good work.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I especially love the picture of Lake Silverwood. I have been to most of the places you have photographed, but I love the filters you use. It is like seeing these places through a new lens.


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Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

Wonderful photos and examples of what can be done with Photoshop - I love the contrasting and rich colors!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I love what you've done to enhance these autumn pictures! Your lead photo in particular has movement and energy as well as beautiful colors - it's stunning! Your explanation of how you enhanced your photos with photo lab were clear and helpful - I can't wait to try some of these techniques!

The hubs you've entered in the contest are all beautiful! Good luck!


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GarnetBird 5 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you--I love sharing these and had so much fun using my Topaz Lab setting...


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OutandAboutCorpus 5 years ago from Corpus Christi

Beautiful


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freelanceauthor 4 years ago

Awesome high quality photos


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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you for looking and commenting..


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Gorgeous


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Voted up and beautiful. You've learned how to do something very artistic and amazing. I really like your work. Sharing this one.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Awesome photos. From the falling leaves in the creek to the rustic truck carrying pumpkins...really nice. Have a good week.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...you have beautiful pictures of autumn in Southern California. I love all of them. Thanks for share with us. Rated up and take care!

Prasetio


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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank all of you..so blessed to have these comments over Easter weekend..


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

Beautiful photos. Nicely done. I missed New England autumns when I lived in California, these pictures make me miss California's fall season!


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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you, Cabmgmnt!


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CYong74 6 months ago from Singapore

Gorgeous photos and colours! Autumn is really a time for reflection and contemplation.


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GarnetBird 6 months ago from Northern California Author

Thank you!

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