An autumn walk in the woods

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.

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The oaks have not turned yet but hints of yellow suggest it won’t be long till they do.


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Subtle shades in the leaf litter


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A snakeskin leaf


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Maples are reliably bright in the afternoon sunshine


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Hanging on. Most of the leaves on this rowan had already fallen.


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It was the subtle colours – from yellow to pink and purple that appealed to me here.


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Crinkled leaf


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I don’t know what kind of tree this is but I loved the russet and orange leaves.

One thought on “An autumn walk in the woods

  • October 29, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Image quality is good, as i can see from your post, but it gets a bit of thumbs down from DPReview.
    At the end of the day i want to see sharp and bright images, the rest i can live with within reason of course. It will be interesting to see how you get on with it after a few months.


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