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Fall Colors – A Walk In The Woods

Fall Colors, Algonquin NP, Canada
Fall Colors, Algonquin NP, Canada

Taking a walk in the woods is always a nice thing to do, but with a camera it turns into an adventure.  This was made while walking through Algonquin NP in Canada.  As a photographer you train yourself to see the world in frames.  You look around at the surrounding environment and try to see things as if they were framed in the viewfinder of a camera.  You look, up, down, left, right and behind you.  And, if you are lucky you see a shot.  This one caught my attention and had all the elements of a defining image of fall.  Color, a fallen birch tree, mushrooms, pine needles and color.  I was dubious of such a strong horizontal of the tree going through the image but in the end I think it worked.

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The Change

Fall color changing over
Fall color changing over

I thought I had scheduled my trip to shoot Fall Colors this year at the right time.  However, because it has been so warm and dry this year the peak fall colors were about two weeks late.  This meant I had to hunt for color.  Or, as in this shot embrace the color as it changes.  This image celebrates the color change.

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Two Barns

Two Barns, Vermont
Two Barns, Vermont

This is another images made driving the back roads of Vermont near Stowe.  Typically I really dislike blue skies.  But, sometime you have to work with them.  This image is a tough call because I made a choice to put the tree in the center of the image.  I balanced it with two barns.  I had a polarizer on my 35mm lens on the Sony A7R II to depend the color of the sky.

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Fall Ferns

Ferns and Birches, Acadia National Park
Ferns and Birches, Acadia National Park

The next few weeks will have a photo a day from my recent fall colors trip to New England.  This image of ferns with birth trees was made during a shoot in Acadia National Park.  We were walking back to the car and I walked past this and after a few steps I turned around and composed and shot this image.  It would have been so easy to walk by, but I saw the image of just the ferns and not the whole scene.