Photographing fall foliage in November requires, luck and creativity!
Yesterday afternoon the sun was bright and the colors that are remaining on the trees near my house are getting fewer each day. I walked along the edge of the woods, observing how the light was playing on the colorful leaves that remain on the trees at the edge of the woods.
Right across from my back door is an entrance or path into Salem Woods. Right along this path are several Maples that turn various hues of red, orange and yellow. Although over the years, several of them have fallen down, one of them was a huge maple that creates a bridge that you walk under, along this path.
This fallen Maple tree, even though it’s lying above the path still has branches that between spring and fall put forth leaves, fruit and fall color, once September arrives. Just beyond this tree is a standard three Maples, all within a foot or two of each other. And yesterday I went and stood under these Maples and just looked up at the color remaining.
What really caught my attention was the blueness of the sky. In contrast with the blending of the red orange and gold leaves.
While I was photographing the different colors against the deep blue sky, I remembered what a photographer on my New England photography Guild Facebook page had done by taking a slow exposure and spinning the camera. I decided to try the same thing but to accomplish it I needed to get my shutter speed down to around 1/50th (or less) of a second. I did this by setting my camera to the smallest aperture (F 22) and the ISO to 100, this gave me approximately a shutter speed of 1/10th to 1/50th of a second.
The lens I was using was a 24 – 105 telephoto and this allowed me to try something new (or new to me) and that was to mix this spinning of the camera with zooming of the lens. What this achieved was a vortex of color.
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but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.