This time of year go out and have that stroll in the woods or through the park and see the wanders of autumn. This is a fantastic time if you are one to enjoy taking photographs of landscapes and views of our countryside. As a corporate photographer this does not usually allow me to go and photograph scenery like this as an assignment. But I make the time to go and explore with camera in hand.
One of my favourite ways of shooting these scenes is to use the strong backlight that the sun has to offer. Shooting into the sun but slightly hiding it from the camera lens to reduce flare creates a glow effect on the trees and shines through to the foreground to highlight areas but still leaves a great deal of the image in a darkened tranquillity with depth and shape. Notice how on some of these the contrasting reflections and the detailed shadows on the ground really add to the feel of the photograph.
Late September and October the evenings start to draw in and the sun becomes low in the sky. This creates some of the long and moody shadows that make these images so interesting.
The colours alone at this time of year are so vibrant. I have found that due to the amount of rain the country has had in past months that still into early November the foliage on the tress are still quite green.
Recently walking beside a lake as it started to go dark, I quickly took a snap of the water and trees in the distance. Looking at the image later I decided it wasn’t a great shot of the lake and the foreground was dark and muddy and had no great interest as a photo. But with a little thought I found that by simply cropping it to an area that had shape and colour with the silhouette of tree branches against the sky made it into an image I could use at some later point as a background or insert.