Isn't that how the fall season feels? Here today, gone tomorrow.
In much of the northern hemisphere, fall has come and gone. And some of us are lucky to have prettier color displays than others. I have a cousin living in Texas who says it just isn't the same as the upper midwest. (I sent her a box of red leaves. Definitely not the same as seeing them on the tree, but she appreciated the gesture. :) )
But while it's here. Oh is it lovely. Maybe that's why we appreciate the golds, oranges, and reds, because they aren't around that long. We see green leaves for many months here in Minnesota. Then no leaves for many months. But in between is a beautiful display of color hidden by all that green chlorophyll in the summer.
ABOUT THE IMAGE
I want you to meet "Autumn Shadows"
One of the last nice days of fall with all the leaves on the trees, not too hot or too cold outside. A perfect day for photography and mentoring. (More on the mentoring later.)
Creating the Image
Autumn Shadows was one of those images that almost wasn't. We were walking along a path at St John's University (near St Joseph, MN for those of you not from the area). There are trees and leaves everywhere, so it would have been easy to not see this. Plus the sun would fade behind the clouds every now and then, so this was one of those "right time right place" kind of times.
I instantly wanted to photograph this as soon as I saw the shadows of the leaves on the trunk. That tree might as well have had a "pick me pick me!" sign next to it.
Then the decision of how to photograph it. It was on a bit of an upward hill. I also had all these wonderful golden leaves. So my idea was to include the golden canopy of leaves that were closer to me so that it put the viewer in the woods with me, discovering this cool leafy shadow on the tree trunk. When you go for a walk in the woods, there is so much that surrounds you, yet it isn't distracting like our daily lives are (assuming you turned off that darn cell phone). Even big cities have wonderful woodsy parks within them — wonderful places to escape the daily grind for a few hours to decompress.
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I've been toying with this idea for awhile. I'm not a teacher, and don't think of myself as one. Rather, I'm more of a troubleshooter of problems, helping someone overcome or expand on their photography knowledge so they can become their own troubleshooter to solve photographic challenges, whether the frustrations are with their gear or the act of photographing.
I want you to be the boss of your camera, not the other way around. Who is this for? Who am I? You can find out more here.
- Digital Camera - Nikon D700
- Lens - Tokina 100mm
- Processing - Lightroom, with VSCO film preset Kodak E100VS Landscape plus my own creative tweaks to the image to make it uniquely my vision
Have a great day, everyone!