Friday, October 29, 2021

Best Fall Colour Shots from the Past

I've always found fall colour shots a challenge, because you simply can't capture the vibrancy of what you see in person in a camera, especially not in an iphone camera!  And the human eye is drawn to individual bright trees, but that's not what the camera captures best.  But some shots are certainly better than others and sometimes you just get lucky.  So here are some of my best fall colour shots from the past, most from nearly 10 years ago, along with some comments on what makes them my favourites.

Since 'whole tree pictures' aren't usually winners i photos, I'm leaving those out.  The first group of these are shots capturing a portion of colourful trees, and the second group zoom in on just a group of leaves.  If you find these sharper than my usual photos today, that's because they were all shot with my bigger Nikon, not just an iphone.

This is certainly a top favourite.  The structure provided by the tree trunk adds a lot.  

This one I think is still very good, with the two trunks providing some structure among the bright leaves.  Without that structure both of these it would be just a blur of red leaves.

In comparison, I actually don't like this one very much, because there's really no structure to it.  It is just a blur of, in this case, orange leaves.

But I love this one just because the lighting was perfect!  And the Sumach is indeed beautiful.

Oak leaves.  I have found that bright sunshine does not necessarily make the best pictures - unless you can get the sun shining through the leaves like this one.

This one is not sunny, but it works because of the dramatic perspective on the closest Beech leaves.

These two shots of maple leaves with the sun coming through work well for me.  I like the second one even though the left half is dark, because the eye is drawn so strongly to the right hand side.

So that's my first batch of favourite fall colour shots from the past; in the next post some scenic shots.



19 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, all of them. I'm looking outside the neighbour's tree that has only seed pods left on it. We're in the midst of the dull colored season before the snow flies and looks pretty for a few minutes.

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  2. I really like the ones with the leaves against the sky and the sun shining through them.

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  3. These were great shots. We were out yesterday and we are past peak colour now but though the camera can’t capture the essence, the spirit does!

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  4. I think the fall colors in your pictures are beautiful!!

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  5. We are so lucky to have such vibrant fall colors. My cousin moved to the midwest US. She said fall in that area is YELLOW. She is missing our eastern colors.

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  6. I think you saved the best for the last, stunning.

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  7. Those are startling colours and great pictures. I certainly won't be seeing anything as vibrant as that in rainy old England.

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  8. The colours around here have been muted for the most part this year, and heavy rains battered many of the leaves off the trees. Soon it will all be monochrome white.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! The nice thing about fall is that it isn't perfect so why should we expect our pictures to be? I love the close up of oak and maple the best.

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  10. We had lots of colour, but my header was from a previous year. You are right, the close ups are better.

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  11. Such beautiful trees! I love them all, to tell you the truth. I couldn't choose one favorite. :-)

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  12. I find it hard to know why I like some photos more than others, but I do like the sumac, and my fave was probably the yellow one. It's got a carpet, foreground leaves, and strong verticals in the background. It all adds up to great dimensionality. And the colour is such that if you were to print it and hang it, you wouldn't tire of it. At least I don't think so.

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  13. A fine collection of Autumn's beauty.

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  14. gorgeous shots...whatever you capture is beautiful to me!!

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