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The Beauty of Nature - In Photographs and Thoughts - Autumn
Colors Just Starting to Change
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
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
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 OctoberClick thumbnail to view full-size
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?
- 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 AutumnClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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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