I love fall and I especially love taking photos during the fall. Trees look so much more photogenic when dressed in their resplendent autumn colours than in their monochromatic summer greens. I love the vibrant red-orange tones most of all, but love the golden yellows and deep reds too. So, every year since I became interested in photography, I’ve gone out to take pictures of the leaves.
Unfortunately, where I live, fall is also short-lived and rainy. This year was particularly gloomy and after waiting in vain for a sunny opportunity, I went out on a grey, but bright day. I didn’t go anywhere special either, just walked around my neighbourhood in search of pretty colours. The resulting photographs were wonderfully atmospheric and I’m really happy with how they turned out.
I used my Canon 70D with an 18-135mm lens. I’m still learning and don’t feel comfortable with full manual mode yet so I typically set my camera to AV mode. I keep the aperture as wide open as possible which serves two purposes for me. The first is aesthetic: I like having only a small part of the image in focus and love capturing bokeh in the backgrounds. The second is practical: keeping the aperture wide open allows me to use a faster shutter speed and avoid blur from my shaky hands or movement from the wind.
Afterwards, I tweak my favourite photos in Photoshop until I am happy with the results. I’ve always been a firm believer in photography as art, and see editing software as another tool at my disposal (and also as a way to correct my rookie mistakes). However, I never stray too far from the original image and mainly just crop and adjust colours and exposure.
For me, these photos served as an excellent reminder not to wait for the ‘perfect’ day or place and to just get out there and take photos. I find I’m always waiting for the conditions to be ‘just right’ when instead I should make the most of the situation and challenge myself to find beauty regardless of the weather or location.