9 Mirror the magic!
Scenes filled with autumn glory make for magical images and if you’re lucky enough to be near a lake, you may be able to mirror the scene in the water. Days with little or no wind are ideal, as the perfectly still water acts like a mirror, but don’t be put off if there’s a gentle breeze as while softer, the reflections can still be effective. Early morning is the best time for wind- free conditions, with the warmer light helping to add to the golden tones of the scene, along with the possibility of mist for added atmosphere. When it comes to filter choice, a polarising filter is essential – it will help saturate the natural colours and remove glare for a cleaner reflection, but take care with shutter speeds as it will add up to two stops of exposure. Start by splitting the frame equally by placing the horizon through the centre of the image, and then try alternative compositions.