Fall's First Colors Spread Through Washington
Mid-autumn is one of my favorite times for photography. The weather is typically quite pleasant, haze-free skies are the norm, and the trees show off their colors before the first real signs of winter arrive. While the thermometer has recently claimed that summer is still here, growing signs of autumn have appeared.
When photographing fall color in rural areas, it is sometimes as "easy" as finding a hill full of (or a body of water lined with) trees and pointing the camera at the scene. In the city, it's a little trickier. While many autumn photographers think big scenes with lots of trees, there is good reason to remember small and isolated subjects. This is especially crucial during the first few weeks of color while much of the landscape remains green.
Late-day sunshine is not as harsh as during the middle of the day, and it can be used to create pleasing and surprising results. Sadly for light lovers, the sun is starting to set quite early (6:29 p.m. on Wed., and dropping about a minute each day), so the window of best light is not a large one. Remember that changing leaves are bright -- they don't need much help to be captured. Photographs can continue in the shade right through dusk. Of course, a tripod (and light winds) are key.
All photos taken in Glover Park, Washington, D.C. Look for more autumnal scenes in the coming weeks.
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