Maine’s foliage season continues to progress. According to the Maine Foliage website, the northern part of the state is currently at peak color, while the southern counties can expect to achieve peak color within the next couple of weeks. Whether you find yourself at one of area’s the foliage hotspots, or at a local park, lake or country road, here are some tips for taking terrific foliage photos.
The quintessential foliage photograph is a sweeping mountain vista where the leaves seem to go on forever, but many terrific fall scenes can be captured if you follow a collection of tips that I call “shooting at the edges.”
- Shoot at the edge of daylight. Harsh midday sun tends to wash out the colors, but the “magic hour” light found in the moments after sunrise and before sunset casts a lovely golden glow on the scene. If you are shooting mid-day, use cloudy conditions or shady spots to help the colors pop.
- Shoot at the edge of the woods. Lovely compositions can be made by incorporating an open field leading to the edge of the trees. Even more dramatic shots can be found at the edge of a lake or river. Still water provides stunning reflections. In this case, more light can be your friend.
- Shoot at the edge of the scene. Fallen leaves on a secluded park bench, or a forgotten gravestone in a quiet part of a cemetery, can provide an intimate seasonal photo.
- Shoot at the edge of the season. The peak blaze of oranges and reds gets all the glory, but the early season yellows and greens are beautiful too. My favorite time to shoot foliage is at the end of the season, when the vibrant colors have given way to deep russet and golden hues.
- Shoot at the edge of your imagination. Fall photography doesn’t have to be all about leaves on trees. A solitary leaf in a still pool of water, or acorns on a bed of pine needles, or leaves fallen on a busy sidewalk can also make great photos. Aim your camera at whatever catches your eye.
Autumn is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the cool seasonal air. Pack your camera and have fun!
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