TREES & WOODLAND
From stunning silhouettes and sunset to tree-lined parks – autumn is great for it all
04 SHOOTING nice silhouettes isn’t as hard as you might think. You just need a good tree outline and a nice sunset. You can be bold and shoot into the sun, or wait until the suns sinks below the horizon, but the sky is still lit. Shoot in Av or Manual mode, compose your shot, and select an AF point to meter off a bright area of the sky to ensure that you retain detail in the highlights, and the tree falls nicely into silhouette, accentuating its shape against the sky.
05 URBAN PARKS in autumn also have their share of mature trees, and by visiting regularly you’ll be able to document the transition. The usual rules of landscape photography apply, and while it’s generally best to capture big scenes with a wide-angle lens and narrow aperture (f/16 or above) for good depth of field, also learn to use a flexible zoom lens such as a 70-200mm. This will compress the perspective and enhance the feeling of depth. Keep ISO to 100 (or as low as possible) too – in lower light conditions noise can be more obvious in the shadows.
Expose for the brighter sky to turn trees into silhouettes 04
Zoom in to compress the perspective so lines of trees appear more dense 05