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Photographing Autumn in Minnesota
Five Tips to Enjoying Autumn Photography
Autumn is my favorite season to photograph. Everything seems brighter and fresher with the addition of the colorful autumn leaves and I love the clear crisp days.
We have a lot to photograph in my home area of Missouri, but my husband and I also like to travel each fall to capture the glorious colors in other parts of the country. This fall we journeyed to the state of Minnesota where we found autumn colors to be at their peak.
Over the years I have developed some tips that work well for me in photographing the autumn landscape. I will share them with you on this page.
photographs by mbgphoto
Tip #1 Use a Polarizing Filter
Brilliant Color - put "sunglasses" on your camera
A polarizing filter will really bring out the colors on your fall photographs. Think of it as sun glasses for your camera. Just as your sunglasses bring out the colors in the scenery the polarizing filter will bring them out on your photographs. A circular polarizing filter will allow you to adjust the amount of polarizing effect on your photo.
The photo above was pretty bright on it's own, so I used only a slight amount of the polarizing effect. On other photos I would adjust the filter to give it the brightest and most natural effect.
Brightly Colored Foliage
Bright Colored Foliage by Shore
Circular Polarizer Filter - for Canon SX 60 HS Camera
The camera I used the most on this trip was my Canon Powershot SX60 HS. This kit includes a circular polarizing filter, which I used to shoot all of my fall photograhs.
Tip #2 Use Natural Lines to Draw You into the Photo
Lines will Draw the Viewer into Photo - autumn photography
On this beautiful path in the woods, I used the curving of the path to draw a viewer into the photograph. In the photos below the curve of the shoreline, the line of the rising sun on the water, and the path all serve to add interest to the photo.
Winding Paths full of Color
Find Interesting Objects for Your Autumn Scene
Split Rock Lighthouse
Weathered Boat by River
Frame Objects in Fall Leaves
Lighthouse in Autumn
framing a photo
This photo of Split Rock lighthouse is a great example of what I try to do with framing an object in fall colors. I love to find something I really want to photograph and then walking around the trees till I can find the perfect spot to photograph the object framed in the leaves.
Duluth Lighthouse Framed in Fall Foliage
Get in Close
Don't Forget the Close Up Photos - leaves in early morning light
Sometimes we get so caught up in the sweeping landscapes of fall we forget to get in close. Taking the time to stop and look down for the small objects can give you some beautiful photos. I love the way the early morning sun and the dew drops add interest to these leaves.
Leaves with Morning Dew
Canon Powershot SX40 HS - my favorite camera
I had taken two cameras on this trip my Sony DSLR and my Canon Powershot SX40. My Sony developed problems early in the trip so I switched to the Canon, which is my newer camera, and used it the rest of the trip. I was very happy with the results. I think the Canon Powershot took great photos and it is very lightweight and easy to take when hiking and climbing around on rocks to get the right photo. The camera also has an all in one zoom 35x zoom lens that goes from a wide angle 24mm all the way to a 840 mm zoom. I had an adapter to add a polarizing filter so it turned out to be the perfect camera for this trip.
Great versatility in one lightweight camera and lens.