Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the crisp air, the EVERYTHING pumpkin, but I especially love to grab my camera to capture the fall colors! Where do I go for the fall colors? When I plan a trip to photograph the changing colors of the trees, I always start by looking online at fall foliage prediction maps. They are a great tool for showing when the peak times for fall foliage is in different areas of the country. I, simply, search for the fall foliage maps in the areas I’m interested in going to, and I’m off!!
One piece of gear that I make sure to take with me is a circular polarizer. It’s useful for a few main reasons. The first reason has to do with the fact that some leaves have a shiny look that is reflective and seems to cut the vividness of the colors. The polarizer has the ability to cut through glare that often appears on leaves. When it has been raining, the wet leaves reflect even more light than the dry leaves. The polarizer is effective in reducing this glare too. Another use for polarizers is intensifying the color in your image. You may be able to replicate it during post-processing, buy why not get it right in camera? You can choose the exact amount of saturation by merely turning the circular polarizer, on the front of the lens. As far as the glare is concerned, that is one effect you can’t delete in post-processing—only a circular polarizer will take away glare in your pictures.
My favorite time to photograph is during golden hour. I love the warm light on the warm color tones of orange, red and yellow leaves. It makes them more vibrant. The fabulous light quality makes it worth the struggle of waking up early or staying out late to catch images on photo locations.
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.