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The Beauty of Nature - In Photographs and Thoughts - Autumn

Updated on June 8, 2015

Colors Just Starting to Change

The country side showing autumn colors creeping into the landscape.
The country side showing autumn colors creeping into the landscape. | Source

Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love. - David Bailey

Tips on Photography - Don't be Afraid

  • Don't be afraid to compose your shot before you take it
  • Don't be afraid to change things up by using different angles
  • Don't be afraid to use different kinds of light on your subject
  • Don't be afraid to take candid shots - when your subject isn't looking at you
  • Don't be afraid to use props
  • Don't be afraid to take a series of shots of the same thing
  • Don't be afraid to photograph ordinary things, you might get extraordinary photos

Photographers and Photos

I've mentioned, in the past, there's a photographer in all of us. We know because we take pictures and we enjoy doing it. Everyone knows they can take pictures and sometimes they're pretty darn good!

Nature provides us with such a selection of pictures to take that we move from just taking pictures to being an amateur photographer. What does a photographer photograph? That's easy, whatever he sees that strikes his fancy. Whatever looks beautiful to his eye will certainly capture the eye of another. In the Northeast of the United States there isn't anything more beautiful than Autumn. It's the time of year when everything seems to change color. Just looking shows you reds and yellows mixed with greens. Some really breathtaking opportunities that seem to change day by day.

It's always a good idea to carry your camera with you everywhere but no time is better than in autumn. Nature is trying to decide whether to hold on to those leaves on the tree or let them go and while she decides the colors are beautiful. It is certainly the best time of year to have fun with landscape photography.

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. - Dorothea Lange

Photographing Nature

I have to say nature is easier to photograph than people. Usually it doesn't move and you can control the lighting by just moving around. The very best part is you don't have to tell landscapes to hold still or smile!

Photojournalist Jim Richardson has pointed out that many of his stories have been improved with photographs taken from the air. While not all of us have the opportunity of 'flying' around to take a photograph we can certainly use height to our advantage. By finding a place higher than our subject to shoot from we can use another angle to our advantage, it is up to our imagination.

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. – Imogen Cunningham

Mohonk Mountain House

Hiking on a mountain and taking a photo looking down.
Hiking on a mountain and taking a photo looking down. | Source

Just Click Away

Probably one of the best things you can do is just click away. Take pictures and lots of them. Click away at the same subject, over and over. You can always decide later which ones are the best.

Autumn in October

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A slightly different subject with a colorful background.An Autumn Sedum showing its autumn color.Getting in the last licks before the grass dies out.This shot shows the colors available but not always in one spot.What says Autumn more than picking a pumpkin?Looking up at some leaves ready to turn yellow.A drought plagued creek surrounded by changing colors.An old railroad bridge turned walkway.A lone tree tipped in red.Another tipped in red but a deeper more subtle shade.
A slightly different subject with a colorful background.
A slightly different subject with a colorful background. | Source
An Autumn Sedum showing its autumn color.
An Autumn Sedum showing its autumn color. | Source
Getting in the last licks before the grass dies out.
Getting in the last licks before the grass dies out. | Source
This shot shows the colors available but not always in one spot.
This shot shows the colors available but not always in one spot. | Source
What says Autumn more than picking a pumpkin?
What says Autumn more than picking a pumpkin? | Source
Looking up at some leaves ready to turn yellow.
Looking up at some leaves ready to turn yellow. | Source
A drought plagued creek surrounded by changing colors.
A drought plagued creek surrounded by changing colors. | Source
An old railroad bridge turned walkway.
An old railroad bridge turned walkway. | Source
A lone tree tipped in red.
A lone tree tipped in red. | Source
Another tipped in red but a deeper more subtle shade.
Another tipped in red but a deeper more subtle shade. | Source

Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt. - William Allingham

Do you like photographing the colors in Autumn?

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Photographing Autumn

  • Photographer Darren Rowse suggests taking your Autumn photos at the end of the day. He says the colors are accented by the sunset.
  • Remember different parts of the country (US) have different fall/autumn colors.
  • Photographer Terry Girard suggests using the aperture priority mode on your camera and letting the camera automatically set the shutter speed. (This one may be a little advanced for some, including me right now)
  • Use light to your advantage. So many photographers suggest shooting on a cloudy day to avoid glare and/or washing out of colors.
  • Rain, mist, or fog can add interest to any shot.
  • Photographer Christopher O'Donnell says water has the ability to saturate the color of leaves so why not photograph wet foliage?

”When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.” – Anonymous

More Shades of Autumn

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Even the mountains have shades of autumn.More color.My husband likes white birches.Along the Wallkill.Another view, another place.Back to pumpkins again, such a symbol of autumn.Corn stalks in autumn.Dogwood dressed in red.Zooming in can sometimes provide interest.Fall berries on a Euonymus bush.Ornamental kale adds its own color to the fall garden.The last rose of summer (seen in fall).
Even the mountains have shades of autumn.
Even the mountains have shades of autumn. | Source
More color.
More color. | Source
My husband likes white birches.
My husband likes white birches. | Source
Along the Wallkill.
Along the Wallkill. | Source
Another view, another place.
Another view, another place. | Source
Back to pumpkins again, such a symbol of autumn.
Back to pumpkins again, such a symbol of autumn. | Source
Corn stalks in autumn.
Corn stalks in autumn. | Source
Dogwood dressed in red.
Dogwood dressed in red. | Source
Zooming in can sometimes provide interest.
Zooming in can sometimes provide interest. | Source
Fall berries on a Euonymus bush.
Fall berries on a Euonymus bush. | Source
Ornamental kale adds its own color to the fall garden.
Ornamental kale adds its own color to the fall garden. | Source
The last rose of summer (seen in fall).
The last rose of summer (seen in fall). | Source

New York Institute of Photography

The NYIP is the largest photography school in the world. I am including this portion on NYIP because I would like to point out a few things they've said about autumn photography. Being in New York State they are aware of the beauty of autumn and what we have available. On their website, they have many articles including "How to Photograph Fall Color" by Chuck Delany. Obviously this fits in with mine so I wanted to include it.

To give you an idea of what he has to say;

Because of this stubborn persistence, I photograph "fall color" all through winter, into the final "drop off" in early spring. As time goes along, fall color just gets duller. The desiccated brown leaves, still clinging to spindly branches in the dead of winter or the pale gray-brown of early spring, are just the final chapter to a story that begins with fall's riotous color.

New England Fall Foliage

Happy Photographing

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and that it will inspire you to go out and take some autumn photographs, I'm sure you won't be sorry.

I would love to hear from you, about this hub, about your thoughts on photography in the fall, or whatever you would like to add.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We were just out this past weekend with the new camera doing exactly this. I love the first quote in this article....that pretty much says it all.

      Beautiful photos my friend and words to match. It is pretty obvious that you love the countryside. Well done!

      bill

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      AWESOME pictures! I love taking pictures of nature and actually of everything. I am still mourning the loss of 58 pictures I have taken during my recent tour of Lesotho - a fascinating region comprising only mountains.

      Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures, Mary :)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Mary;

      I agree with so many of your comments…especially how, “In the Northeast of the United States there isn't anything more beautiful than autumn.” It is soo beautiful here this time of year. We have friends that drive here from different parts of the country just to see the fall color the trees with a brilliant plumage all its own, in the northern New England states. Northwest New Jersey, Pennsylvania and upstate New York are gorgeous as well. If I could take photographs as well as you, my friend, I would take more. The collection you’ve included with this hub is stunning. And I love your quote by Dorothea Lange. Voted way up and shared. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh Mary what beautiful pictures!

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      tillsontitan, thanks for the beautiful and also informative hub. I will try the suggestion of setting the aperture and letting the camera choose the shutter speed. Voted up, beautiful and useful

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      diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Enjoyed your pics. I would advise any young person contemplating a writing career to make sure they get a good grounding in digital photography as well as studying to write....I missed out here and have no talent for the art.

      Bob

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thank you for sharing these cool autumn scenes, they are SO awesome. Shared, voted+

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Oh Bill, I hope you enjoy your new camera as much as I do mine. So much to learn, but so much fun learning. Thank you for the compliments and for always being here!

      I am so sorry Martie. We can never replace those pictures we take. So glad you enjoyed mine. So glad you liked my pictures and quote. So much fun to do research for hubs like this one.

      Yup Genna, you would know the region well.

      Thank you Susan.

      So glad you found a useful tip Cam. Thanks for the votes.

      Bob, we all learn later what we should have learned sooner ;)

      Thank you Rebecca. So glad you enjoyed and appreciate the share and vote.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      What a beautiful Hub full of awesome photos. And you are so right, the best equipment is your eyes. I love taking photos. We have some really beautiful colors here this year. Unlike prior years, some entire trees have turned one color. Usually we see a mixture of yellow, oranges and reds. There are a few trees that have stayed one entire color, and that is strange, but awesome.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Oh Crafty how interesting. Nature never ceases to amaze us with its beauty, never following the patterns we expect. So glad you enjoyed my photos.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tillie.....Your incredible array of talents, blows my mind, GF. Not only does your superb writing talent shine blatantly through this fabulous hub, but your photographs are literally breathtaking! My most favorite season of all. I have always bragged about New York having the most exquisite Autumn of anywhere in the world......you have confirmed this.

      You are an "ARTIST," my dear lady, in the truest sense of the word......and let us not forget your incredible green thumb! Speaking of "green," Miss Mary...if I didn't love and respect you so much, I'd be totally envious!........This hub is simply amazing. I am proud and honored to know you...and more than that, I feel blessed to call you my "Friend."......Up +++ shared, tweeted,......sent to friends...printed up and hung on my fridge, with my prized art work from my beloved grandchildren!!!!! LOL

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub full of helpful information, awesome photos, and love the quotes esp,"Which of my photographs is my favorite? the one I'm going to take tomorrow." by Imogen Cunningham. Well done.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Mary, your pictures are awesomely gorgeous! You shine as a photographer for sure. I loved the ones by the water, and looking off toward the mountains in the distance. They remind me so much of the landscape in my neck of the woods. Autumn is my favorite time of the year because of the vibrant, energetic colors. It's like nature gives us a shot of adrenalin before we have to hibernate through the long grey winter months. Well written and very enjoyable, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Wonderful and beautiful hub! Right now SW Pennsylvania is in the peak of the fall colors. I love the drive home from work although the colors can be a distraction. I love this time of year.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! tillsontitan, thank you for sharing us a beautiful and colourful photos. I also like photography and I take any scene that I like the look of. Great hub of yours with lovely photos.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Oh such prettiness.

      Your photographs are a sight to behold.

      Your writing, as always, is superb.

      I am sharing this.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Fall is the sunrise that fell to earth...

      Beautiful pictures complemented by the wisdom of a respected writer!

      I look at these pictures, knowing they're from clear across the country, and see the intimately familiar scenes of the Pacific Northwest. 'Tis true what they say...we are more alike than we are different...and that definitely is apropos for our respective settings.

      The music video you selected is absolutely mesmerizing. What a terrific Hub presentation this was! Thanks for sharing your magic, Mary!

      Much aloha and pre-holiday sentiments,

      ~Joe

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are beautiful photos! I enjoy taking these kinds of photos, although in CT it's nearly past the season. Leaves are falling.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, including those useful tips. Have a great night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, Dear Mary (till),

      Your eyes do see a lot of beauty through those lens indeed! I love this hub as it encourages one to get excited about photography and start taking photos of this beautiful season of Autumn with its many splendid colors. All of your photos are beautiful for you saw with your eyes and then clicked away!

      Up and more and sharing

      I am keeping you and yours in my prayers sweet lady.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Beauty of Nature - In Photographs and Thoughts - Autumn such lovely photos and this is my best time of the year.

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      T. Clifton 3 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      I love Fall. It's October 31st and raining like the dickens. The leaves are tossed in the wind. The birds and animals are hiding so only the drip-drops of the rain on the skylight can be heard with occasional reminders of the wind carrying the clouds. My country road looks like a tree tunnel of Autumn colors. It's a perfect day here in SW MO. Great article! Great photos and great photo advice.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories.

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Very beautiful autumn photos!

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      Shea 3 years ago

      What timing! I was just out hiking in our local mountains over the weekend and took pictures of the fall colors. Because I live in So. Cal. we don't have a big change of seasons. In fact, some people say we only have two - summer, and kinda summer.

      Your beautiful pictures remind me of when I was flying and lived in Pennsylvania for a year. The Pocono mountains were alive with color come fall.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      The blessing goes both ways Effer. How thankful I am for HP for it has brought me marvelous friends like you! Finally I am an artist ;). Fortunate to be surrounded by the beauty that is New York. How do I thank you for all your lovely words? But most of all for giving me such a place of honor on your fridge? You have blown my mind.

      Than you Jodah...yes, it is that which we are yet to see.

      Yes Pearl, the colors are amazing and there for us to treasure.

      Oh Sheila I am sure Pa. shares our beauty, thank you for stopping by my hub!

      You are most welcome Liesl, I am sure you have some lovely photos as well.

      WND, you are always a joy to see in my comments. Thank you.

      You are so right Joe, no matter where we are we share so much. So glad you enjoyed how I put this one together...I have to admit it was Fun. Love to you and yours.

      Faith, I am so grateful I can appreciate the beauty He has given us. Thank you for the prayers my friend, this has been a difficult year with the last few months being extremely so. Your prayers are deeply appreciated.

      Glad you enjoyed DDE.

      What a lovely and picturesque comment! We shared your weather yesterday. Nice to know you enjoyed this.

      And thank you Steph for stopping by.

      Thank you Elias.

      Byshea when I visited Ca. I loved it! Beautiful scenery there too! Happy to invoke some memories ;)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      What lovely landscape photos you take, Mary. This is another talent you can add to your resume in addition to your fascinating hubs on Oscar film awards.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you drbj but I have to admit I have great subjects ;)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Autumn is another time to become one with nature...

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      It certainly is Deb.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Im starting out with photography and surely i will apply what i've read from your hub...

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much JPSO, I hope what I've written will be of some help to you.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Very, very nice. Well done, with beautiful photos and great tips. I've never had much opportunity to photograph fall colors, living as I do in a no-snow area of California. Growing up in San Francisco, there simply were no deciduous trees; only evergreens were used for street plantings, and even in world-famous Golden Gate Park, there were precious few if any 'fall colors' outside of fall-blooming flowers.

      I loved this. My mom was born and raised in Massachusetts, and she loved the fall color. I always felt cheated. ;-)

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and shared.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you Lizzy. I'm sure what CA lacks in fall colors, it makes up for in other areas!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Oh wow mary! how did you take such awesome photos? that Deer, how come it didn't run away? lol! these are beautiful, and the area where you live is just awesome, loved it!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Nell, it really is a beautiful area and with all the seasons so many opportunities for pictures! The deer around here are becoming tamer every year as we take away their land and they adjust to living near us. Glad you liked my photos.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      They were great mary!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This entire photo essay is incredible along with your expert presentation skills. So many awesome shots. I loved the Mohonk Mountain House one. And the last rose of summer. They're all wonderful.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous photos Mary!!!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Your photos are great, it showcases nature very beautifully. Great hub.

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      fbesares2 3 years ago

      The Beauty of the World as I would say. Great organized hub. I'm quite new here so I am observing how you guys make a great hub.

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      Really helpful tips! And the pictures are quite beautiful they seem to come to life. Awesome hub. :)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Peg, glad you enjoyed my photos. The Mohonk Mountain house is awesome ... was in the movie "The Road to Welville" about John Kellog. The last rose of summer is always the most precious.

      Sunshine, thanks!

      fbesares, glad you liked my hub. There is much to learn here but if you ever have any questions feel free to ask me!

      oldiesmusic, thanks for the compliments...love your name!

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      whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

      Very nice pictures and interesting work. Well done my friend. whonu

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Thanks and hugs to you whonu.

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      poetryman6969 22 months ago

      I love that Mohonk Mountain house photo. I like vistas like that.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Poetryman it is a stunning place! Everywhere you look you see vistas like that!

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