Warm Photos in Autumn
Take your camera for a trip into the autumn season and go hunting for different subjects for your photos. In late autumn, light is perfect for capturing beautiful landscapes, and if you do not get the exposure right, it is something you can easily correct at home in front of your computer.
Autumn is the season of change. It is a season that indicates that another year has passed and that before long winter will hold the land in its cold grip. Everywhere you look in nature there is activity. Animals collect supplies for winter, and just before the leaves start to fall the forests explode in a veritable inferno of warm colours. This is one reason why autumn draws photographers out into nature like no other season.
The days grow shorter, the leaves fall, and mushroom shoot from the forest floor. The autumn is the high season for nature photography and a multitude of subjects are waiting out there.
Shooting autumn subjects is always pleasant, but give some thought to what you are doing.
In autumn, another challenge is working in the limited light available late in the year. The days have grown shorter and the strong light of the summer sun is a thing of the past. In the depth of the forest it can be so dark that taking photos with a hand held camera is impossibly even in the middle of the day. In this case, looking for back lighted subjects such as withered leaves in the crown of a tree in back light can be a really good idea.
Remember: more than anything photography should be fun. Do not let yourself be caught up in a never ending quest for the perfect frame. Taking a photo just because the subject catches your eye is perfectly alright.
Exactly when in autumn you go shooting outdoors is not without significance. Try keeping an eye on the changing colours of trees. You need to take your photos before the leaves fall, yet, if you act too soon your photos will not have right colour characteristic of autumn. The exact moment nature is at its most impressive can vary a lot both locally and from year to year. However, you will also need to have time enough to be able to wait for the light and the colours to be just right. Often, waiting for just an hour makes the difference between a prize shot and a photo fit only for the dustbin.
Autumn is coming. Nikon D200, 70-200mm VR, F4, 1/320 second, ISO 200.
Autumn is a season of beautiful complementary colours. The literal meaning of “complementary” is “making complete”. If you mix two complementary colours the resultant colour will be white. Because yellow is the complementary colour of blue, yellowish leaves appear even more beautiful when set against a deep blue sky. Understanding how to use complementary colours, you will be able to shoot photos with colours that create a sense of drama, this is a good eye catcher.
Hoarfrost is often a very photogenic subject. This photo was shot in back light.
Migratory Birds and Squirrels
In early autumn, you will often encounter large flocks of migratory birds. They are heading south for the winter, and they make a great subject. Getting close to wild animals usually takes a lot of patience, however, if the birds are busy grazing, you might, with just a little luck, be able to get close to them. In the forest you may also encounter another time-honoured subject: a squirrel carrying a nut. Charming animal photos are always received well by other photo buffs and they look great on your living room wall.
Now that you have finished reading about autumn photography you might be interested in learning about how we protect our camera equipment when we are shooting outdoors.
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