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Take a Fall Photography Walk

Updated on August 14, 2015

Snap Great Photos of Leaves and Autumn Scenes

A brisk autumn day with crackling leaves underfoot makes a wonderful time for a walk. Take along the camera and make it a fall photo walk. Having the camera with you makes you look at the scenery with new eyes.

Mentally you frame up that scene and look for the best angle or you focus in on a red leaf floating in a puddle from the recent rain. Photo walks increase your awareness of the beauty and interesting sights around you.

What are you waiting for? Grab the camera, go out for a photo walk and start taking some awesome autumn pictures. Here are my tips for getting the most from your fall photo walk.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Get Photos of Leaves - Look for varied compositions

NH maple tree autumn - look for interesting lines with the tree trunks, colorful drifts of leaves...
NH maple tree autumn - look for interesting lines with the tree trunks, colorful drifts of leaves... | Source

This first big photo is one I took. I wanted to capture the play of sunlight on the multi-hued leaves of the maple tree. This is in East Wakefield, New Hampshire. The tree trunks serve to frame the drift of leaves.

Below are some examples of scenes and close ups of fall foliage taken by other photographers. See how dramatic a landscape can be or focus on just a single leaf.

Single Leaf Photo

Look for leaves with different backgrounds to set them off. Here I've used a gravel background.
Look for leaves with different backgrounds to set them off. Here I've used a gravel background. | Source

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Look for Nuts and Berries to Photograph - on a fall photo walk

blackberries red and black
blackberries red and black

The first photo shows blackberries. For this shot, I set my digital camera on macro. That's usually a flower symbol in your settings. Get in close and hold the camera very, very still as you click the shutter.

More Berries to Photograph

Red berries in the fall to photograph.
Red berries in the fall to photograph. | Source

Credit for These Photos

You will see most of the photos here that I took (labeled Virginia Allain or vallain)

I'm also showcasing some photos by other photographers that are on Zazzle products like mousepads and posters.

Vest for the Photographer

Domke PhoTOGS Vest Large -Khaki
Domke PhoTOGS Vest Large -Khaki

Don't you love all these pockets? Perfect to stash extra lenses, a small folding tripod, or other photo gear.


Stash All Your Camera Gear in a Photo Vest - Keep your hands free, but have all your lenses, extra batteries handy

I don't have one of these, but sure wish I did. Most women's slacks and shorts have limited pockets and most are shallow. While on a photo walk, I carry a plastic grocery bag (useful for kneeling on or to cover your camera if it starts to rain). It is smart to have extra batteries with you and a lens cloth for cleaning dust or water drops off the lens.

A vest like this gives you a place to stash all those accessories.

Take Photos of Leaves in Water - Red Leaf in Water


Tips for Taking Photos of Leaves in Water

Red Leaf on Sand Postcards by vallain

I took this photo at Great East Lake in New Hampshire. For moving water like this, set the camera for a higher speed shutter (symbol of a moving person). As repeated small waves washed over the leaf, I took a series of photos trying to capture the ripples.

Chipmunk climbing a tree.
Chipmunk climbing a tree. | Source

Capture Wildlife with Your Camera on Your Fall Photo Walk

I took these photos of the chipmunk and the squirrel with my Canon SX20is which has great zoom. I've put them on tote bags on Zazzle and other products like mousepads.

You'll want the camera set on the action setting.

A red squirrel in New Hampshire.
A red squirrel in New Hampshire. | Source

Virginia Allain's Fall Photo Gallery

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Seasonal Decorations Make Good Photo Subjects - for a fall photo walk


Look for pumpkins, scarecrows and other fall decorations to photograph. These are colorful and fun.

Include people in your fall scenes. Capture them doing typical fall activities like raking leaves or carving a jack-o-lantern.

Photo of a Pumpkin Carver at Work

Pumpkin carver at the Sanford Maine fall festival.
Pumpkin carver at the Sanford Maine fall festival. | Source

Learn from These Photographers - to take better autumn photos

I Use Many of My Photos on Zazzle Products

Here's an example of one of my fall photos with a border or text added on Zazzle. I like being able to add borders and text to my pictures for the Zazzle products like tote bags.

It is available on their site. This photo was taken in Massachussetts.

Look for Graveyards for Interesting Subjects

Available on Zazzle products.
Available on Zazzle products. | Source

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One of My Flower Photos


Example of a Water Photo

Loon on Great East Lake in New Hampshire.
Loon on Great East Lake in New Hampshire. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have taken some gorgeous photos Virginia. Thanks for sharing them with us along with your ideas and tips.

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      These sight of autumn are really beautiful. That last flower photo...I don't know how you captured it but it is amazing!

      We are starting to see touches of fall here. The other day I was looking at the hydrangea as the light was coming through the bush in a way that made the leaves look lit up. The photos of the reddish brown leaves came out well. I was glad to have captured the moment.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @SusannaDuffy: Thank you. You are a boost to my ego!

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      These photos are really, really, really beautiful

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Virginia, you have some gorgeous photos, and this is a beautiful lens, just like all your others. Well done.

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      PatrickHayes76 4 years ago

      I have been a huge fan of photography for a long time time. I really like looking at pages like this for inspiration. Thank you for sharing!!

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      oddobjective 4 years ago

      Great photography. I love the idea of a photowalk. I am already planning one with my daughter as she is the best photographer in the family.

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      Lovely images!

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      Mandeep K Grewal 4 years ago from San Lorenzo, Ca

      Love your photography. And great ideas to photograph in fall. Thanks for such a great information.

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      Barbara 4 years ago from USA

      I love your photos here, great lens!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Gorgeous photos! I've just started dabbling in photography a bit and looking at these photos gets me even more excited!

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      I love taking pictures, and your photos are a real inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Karnel 4 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      There is some beautiful photos here I think my favorite has to be the butterfly. I tried taking photos the other day of two white butterflies with black tipped wings both sitting on the same white flower and none of them turned out. Guess I need more practice because yours are amazing.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Shoputopian: A lot of it is luck and always having the camera with you.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Gayle Dowell: A nice, crisp fall day makes a delightful time for walking.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I love going on nature walks, especially with my camera!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I enjoy walks in the Fall with colorful leaves on the trees and fallen leaves on the ground. Love your photos.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you for your kind comments and the blessing. Sure made me feel good.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love looking at wonderful photos like yours! Thanks for another wonderful lens, Virginia. Blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Melissa Miotke: Looking at lots of photos and seeing what makes them work can help you become a better photographer. I think most people don't get close enough to their subject.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoy looking at photography however I'm not very good at taking pictures myself. Blessed!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      That's beautiful. We don't get to see the colors of fall here. Its just either sunny or raining. :)

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      Geeve 5 years ago

      Flew by on the Squid Angels' Bus and alighted briefly to leave some Angel Dust. Blessed. :)

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      My Panasonic Lumix does okay... but my next camera will have a better zoom function/lens. I love taking closeup shots, like many of yours above.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Great ideas. I just got a new camera and have really gotten into photography. I think I'll take your ideas and run with it. Blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @AlleyCatLane: Once you get the photography bug, you'll take your camera everywhere. It's addictive.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: That makes two of us (photography fanatics). I'm so glad you like my pictures.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I AM a photography fanatic! These fall photos are lovely.

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      productinfo 5 years ago

      I used to shot lots of nature photography. Fall is perfect time for it as nature is very colorful at that time of the year :)

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Oooh yes! Love it! And I love all your photos here. Beautiful.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've always been a 'poor' photographer who really wants to improve. Someone recently said I should take my camera with me 'everywhere' and just practice. Your Fall Photography Walk sounds like the perfect thing to begin this new practice. Your photos are beautiful.

      Congratulations on your Fall Harvest Monsterboard feature.

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Very nice photos ... you have a keen eye for capturing nature's beauty. Congratulations on your lens being featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Virginia, your photographs always amaze me. Beautiful shots, great composition, gorgeous colors...I just love them. Wish this was something I could do...but everything needs someone to appreciate I'm an appreciator! Thanks for sharing such beautiful work.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @Spikey64: I use a Canon Powershot A550 on many of my walks as it's small enough to fit in my pocket. Lately I've gravitated more to my Canon Powershot SX20is. Heavier and not as easy to use for close-ups but wizard if I want to photograph chipmunks or other wildlife using the zoom.

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      Spikey64 6 years ago

      I have just got interested in photography but I wish I had of years ago I find it fascinating. What camera did you use for your shots they are brilliant ?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am, your photos brought a smile to my face, brings me to a different place in my mind, you got a 'thumbs up' indeed for this, keep adding to it, would love to return to your lens later.

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      nbrandt123 6 years ago

      You have good talent! Enhance it and try to have more captures. Goodluck!