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Fall has up and arrived â€“ kamikaze leaves crash down on unsuspecting passersby, leaf peeping is a thing again, and reports of rumbles coming from the Great Pumpkin have spread throughout the nearby towns and villages.
Any time of year is a great time to snap a photograph, but Fall is, of course, at least twenty times more so. (IOHO, of course.)
And since last year we wrote about how to get those perfect Halloween shots, this year we’re tackling Fall. We’ve jam-packed this edition with tips for photographing our leafy friends and fun ideas for fresh-new Fall shots.
Grab your camera and enjoy this Autumnal Equinox to its fullest!
Here’s some tips on how to get the best of it:
The Best Times to Photograph in the Fall
When we were growing up, we often heard that the early bird gets the worm. Well, we’re not big on worms, but the adage does apply when you’re trying to get the perfect shot of autumn foliage.
(1) Photograph around sunrise and sunset for the best light and color.
The first and last hours of sun during the day (the times right around both sunrise and sunset) have a brilliant quality to the light that can yield great photos. Movie people call these times “Magic Hours” â€“ at least for the morning one, we call it doggone early. But there’s just something about the soft, golden light around this time (which brings out the reds and golds in your photos) that you can’t help but love.
Other quick tips:
What to Photograph
Some seasons only give you a few possibilities for how to frame your shots outdoors â€“- not so with Fall! Get up close for detailed leaf shots, or take a step back and take in a technicolor landscape. There’s so much change come Fall that the only thing you need do is look around you (or look up!).
You might also want to try:
More Creative Ideas
The Star of Fall: Leaves, Leaves, Leaves
While we were thinking about how best to photograph leaves as they change color this time of year, we began to wonder why, exactly, they change color.
So to find out, we called up Mr. Pederson, our former Junior High science teacher. The short story: leaves don’t change color! Instead, during the Fall the chlorophyll molecules in leaves start to break down. Normally, these chlorophyll molecules absorb almost every color in the sun’s light spectrum and only reflect green back to our eyes. But once the chlorophyll starts to go, and the Carotene in the leaves progressively takes over, our eyes see less of the green and more of the yellows, reds, and oranges in the sun’s light spectrum, reflected back to us from the leaves.
And that, in a nutshell, is why leaves “change color.” (Thanks, Mr. Pedersen!)
* Smiling newscasters with shiny teeth not included.
Photo credits: top image by Dancer S., second image by Lorrie Mcclanahan, third image by Richard Lo, fourth image by Michelle Zlimen, and the last two images by Heather Robinson. Head on over to our forums for more great stuff.
Daniel Bigler grew down, not up (contrary to popular report) in a nifty Alaskan village right next to the North Pole. That’s pretty much all we have to say about him.
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