Looking through the pictures I’ve taken over the past couple months, I’ve realized that by far, the number one subject has been leaves. Leaves on the trees, falling leaves, leaves on the ground, frosty leaves… you name it. The autumn leaves are pretty much all down now, so here are my leaf-offerings as a segue into winter.
On the trees: I just don’t have the magic touch for the full-on sweeping vista of colorful trees that I’ve seen from others. The best I can offer up here is a colorful maple against a backdrop of mixed colors.
Falling leaves: I spent a lot of time trying to catch a shot of leaves as they were falling. There were two challenges to this – one was to get good focus on a leaf as it fell, and the other was to differentiate the leaf from its background. Getting under a tree and shooting towards blue sky fixed the second problem; getting as small an aperture as possible was the best I could do for the first.
Leaves on the ground: this maple leaf, covered with raindrops sparkling in the morning sun, caught lots of comments on my Shuttercal calendar:
Frosty leaves: during a couple early mornings (before the time change), I braved the cold to go out and photograph frost-covered leaves. Something I learned from this was that trees lose a lot of their leaves after a frost, while they’re thawing from the rising sun… and they make a lot of loud snap-crackle-pop sounds in the process.
As winter sets in, with its short days and gray landscape, shooting outdoors is going to be a challenge; but I know I did my best to take advantage of all the colorful opportunities afforded by spring, summer, and fall.