Land­scapes in tran­si­tion

When greens turn to reds, make sure you’re ready to cap­ture the tran­si­tion

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Au­tumn is, per­haps, the most pho­to­genic sea­son of them all, with misty morn­ings, fiery sun­sets and a spread of red and or­ange fo­liage. Be­cause sun­rise is later and sun­set is ear­lier than in the sum­mer months, shoot­ing dur­ing the golden hour is eas­ier, so use this warm light to add tran­quil­lity to au­tumn scenes. While the chang­ing of the leaves is the defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of au­tumn, don’t feel lim­ited to pho­tograph­ing dense ru­ral woodland. Ur­ban parks also have their share of ma­ture trees, and by vis­it­ing reg­u­larly you’ll be able to doc­u­ment the tran­si­tion more sub­tly. The usual rules of land­scape photography ap­ply, and it’s gen­er­ally best to cap­ture sweep­ing vis­tas with a wide-an­gle lens and nar­row aper­ture (f/16 or above) for good depth of field. If a misty shoot is on the horizon, use a flex­i­ble zoom lens such as a 70-200mm, as this will com­press the per­spec­tive and en­hance the feel­ing of depth. Keep ISO to 100 (or as low as pos­si­ble) too – mist re­ally shows up noise grain.

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