How to: shoot au­tumn scenes, and more

Pho­tog­ra­pher Lee Brim­ble on shoot­ing the unique at­mos­phere of au­tumn

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If you can, it’s worth vis­it­ing your lo­ca­tion be­fore you pho­to­graph it to get a feel­ing for what’s im­por­tant to in­clude in the shot. I came here, to Con­cord in Mass­a­chu­setts, the day be­fore I took this pic­ture. I was drawn im­me­di­ately to the way the trees, with their au­tumn colours, frame the lake. I re­turned early the next morn­ing so I could cap­ture the chilly dawn mist over the water. Some­times it works bet­ter if the main ob­ject of fo­cus in the com­po­si­tion is slightly off cen­tre, as with the boat house in this photo. If you’re us­ing a DSLR, you could try a fil­ter to em­pha­sise the vivid hues of the leaves. I used one that is darker at the top and grad­u­ally light­ens to­wards the bot­tom. It evens out the light­ing so the leaves aren’t washed out but the ground isn’t too dark ei­ther. Try us­ing a long ex­po­sure. Here, it made the rip­ples on the lake dis­ap­pear and the water be­come still, to give a feel­ing of peace. With a long ex­po­sure you can also cap­ture a wider depth of field, which is great for show­ing an ex­panse of au­tumn leaves. See more of Lee’s work at lee­brim­ble.co.uk

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