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