Take a Fall Photography Walk
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
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
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Look for Nuts and Berries to Photograph - on a fall photo walk
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
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
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.
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.
Virginia Allain's Fall Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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
Graveyard in Autumn by vallain
More about Photography - by Virginia Allain
- Photographing Mushrooms
You'll see lovely mushrooms on your fall photo walks. Here's how to capture them with your camera. autumn cards by heysje Browse Autumn Cards
- Photographing Feathers
Look for feathers on the ground for interesting shots. DAT&P-0057 Greeting Card by PhreadiesPhigments
- Photographing Flowers
Fall flowers are quite colorful, so look for photo opportunities. Here are examples of my flower close-ups.
- Favorite Flower Photos
This page showcases some of my flower photos that I'm proud of. Hydrangea Cards by vallain
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One of My Flower Photos
Example of a Water Photo
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