Fall Color Photo Tips; Part II

• Certain iconic scenes haven’t been photographed to death in certain seasons. A little bit of seasonal touch can go along way. The scene here was made famous by Ansel Adams black and white photography.

Ansel Adams famous Fern Spring with a touch of autumn.

• Everyone will tell you use a polarizer, but why use a polarizer? Without a polarizer these 3 images would be exactly the same. The first image is at full strength of polarization, the last is without any polaration and the middle image could of been created in two different ways. Gets you thinking doesn’t it?

What exactly do you want out of your polarizer?

• If you miss the fall color in the mountains don’t forget about other types of foliage that may change weeks and months later in different locations. You’ll be surprised at what you were missing and overlooked. Fall color is so much more then just aspen and maple trees or whatever first comes to mind.

In California we have the Sierra Nevada that is plentiful in early fall but you can find fall color in many other locations.

• Somethings are easily forgotten so don’t forget to check below your feet. Try to vary your scenes by taking the large expansive landscape vistas, detailed close ups and much more in between these two vastly different views.

Big leaf maples on Yosemite Valley's floor.

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5 Responses to “Fall Color Photo Tips; Part II”

  1. David Leland Hyde Says:

    Your sensitive, yet colorful Fall rendition of that top one is quite appealing. Enjoyed the whole series here as well. Interesting how the polarizer improves the left image the most of the three rivulets.

  2. Patrick Di Fruscia Says:

    Love it Steve, would have loved to be there with you on your workshop. Southwest is just great specially in the fall and you have captured it perfectly. Keep up the great work, very inspiring.

  3. Steve Sieren Says:

    David, It’s pretty interesting because I think most people remove the glare on this often shot scene. Hard to say which is most appealing to the general audience.

    Patrick, thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your kind words. One participant had a bum knee so I had move along the Subway Trail at a very slow pace but I got to see things a little slower along the way.

  4. Derrick Says:

    Great advice, I really appreciate it!

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