I like to get into the hills and woods to enjoy the landscape and appreciate nature in all its forms (and in all weather) and one reason I take photographs is to communicate and share how I see the countryside. I don’t think it’s possible or desirable to try to be original with outdoor autumn photography. Basically, it’s about pretty pictures and if you don’t like this kind of photography, then look away now.
‘Peak autumn’ hasn’t reached us in Deeside yet. Oaks, beeches, sycamores and elms are still mostly green and only rowans and maples are reliably autumnal. So, photography isn’t about broad landscapes of colour but about detail – the colour and shape of individual branches and leaves and how these are changing with the season.
I had a great walk in the woods today searching out autumnal detail. The great thing about looking for detail is that you see things that you miss in the ‘big picture’. Colours are not all garish yellows and reds, but also more subtle hues. Leaves crinkle in interesting ways and paths are dappled with patterns of low sunlight. I like to use a telephoto lens for this kind of photography as it makes it easier to isolate individual leaves and branches.