Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Canon SD790 IS, f/2.8, 1/100
Top: This was taken at about 800 feet elevation in the Hudson highlands. this is Squirrel Hollow Brook, and I was taken by the way the acorns and leaves appeared under the very living water, both captured and displayed by the patterns of light, shadow, and reflection. The single leaf and acorn up on the rock seem to call to their brethren trapped beneath.
Bottom: This is looking up out of the gorge of Watkins Glen. The yellow tree caught some odd sun on this misty, dank fall day and sang its best song.
-Puelo Pete

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Top: Sony a230, 18-55mm kit lens, f/7.1, 1/160s, iso 100. Slight editing in GIMP for color correction and rotating to level horizon. Taken at a local park.
Bottom: Sony a230, 18-55mm kit lens, f/9.0, 1/160s, iso 100. Slight editing in GIMP for color correction. Taken at a local park.
-Joshua Rainville

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Top: A yellowing tree next to an old bridge that is now shut down to all but pedestrian traffic. I like the contrast of the black bridge to the gold of the leaves.
Bottom: A fallen leaf. I used the K-x's built in Toy Camera filter on this one to give it a vintage look.
I live in Southern California so finding traditional fall leaves is a challenge. Additionally we've had record high temps so fall colors are hard to come by. I went out on a photo expedition with a friend who wanted to learn to use her DSLR and these 2 pics are the result. Both were taken with my Pentax K-x with the standard 18-55mm lens near sunset.
-Rigby Robin

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Top: Canon T1i, Canon 60mm macro lens. f/10, 6 second exposure at ISO 100.
Bottom: Canon T1i, Canon 60mm macro lens. f/2.8 / 1/80 sec, (auto) ISO 320.
-Roland Dreier

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


iPhone 4, Hipstamatic photo app, High Quality setting, Lens: "John S", Film: "Ina's 1969"
This photo was taken at the Serrano Campground near Big Bear City in the southern California San Bernardino Mountains. Mostly situated among pine trees, these bright yellow leaves really stood out. I enjoy taking photos with the iPhone, and the Hipstamatic app rarely fails to come up with an interesting twist on almost any photo I take using it.
-Russell Kavanagh

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Common settings :
Camera : Cannon EOS REBEL T2i (Thanks for the recommendation Gizmodo!)
Lens: 50 - f/1.8
Apature f/1.8

Picture 1: exposure 1/80 (manual mode)
Picture 2: exposure: 1/320 (manual mode)

I had been hoping to use my camera to take fall photos when I went back to college for homecoming. They have 10000 acres of private forests and miles of trails going through their arboretum, perfect for a fall leaves shooting challenge. Sadly I forgot my camera in the car and couldn't get to it while it was still light out, so I ended up having to sacrifice 10,000 acres of beauty for my backyard in Minneapolis... not quite ideal. Looks like it turned out well though, as I'm pretty happy with what came out of it. My roommate and I were raking leaves when I noticed that our new tree had some of the most beautiful red / magenta leaves on it. I took one shot of the tree close up and one shot of the pile of dead leaves with a new leaf sticking out the top of the freshly raked pile. The only corrections I did were to re-size and a little light balance.
-Ryan Frank

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Gear used Nikon D90, lens Nikkor 10-24 at 10mm, f9, ISO 200

I have visited for the first time Cheveres Forest near Timisoara (Romania). I was looking for a woodpecker and I saw the sun starring through the trees. I could not help it taking this shot.
-Sabin Uivarosan

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


While hiking the Lower Loop of Rimrock Trail in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota, we walked through a side canyon. For a while, the light was dim, the day was cloudy and the place felt a bit eerie. Lots of humidity and rainfall had created a lush undergrowth, with arches of trees overhead. Suddenly, the sun broke out of the clouds and the light ahead created a different and beautiful world. I snapped this shot using a Canon Powershot A720 IS, set on auto, no flash. Once home, I opened Photoshop and used the Topaz Labs Simplify/BuzSim filter to make this image.
-Sally Austin

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


This fall in Colorado is unusual in that leaves remain on the trees after Halloween. Normally, November 1st is cold and dreary with nary a leaf of color in sight. This photo op came when I was walking down the driveway. With the sun illuminating the leaves from behind the trees, the shapes and colors, the interplay of light and dark intrigued me. Again, this was my trusty Canon Powershot A720 IS, set on auto. And once again, I played with the Topaz Labs filter for Photoshop, Simplify/Buzsim. I like how the filter treats the leaves and creates a near stained glass effect with branches and leaves.
-Sally Austin

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Both pictures were shot with a Nikon D80 and an AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70 mm f3.5-4.5G lens. The camera was in manual mode for both shots. I shot both pictures on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus this past week (11/4/10) because all the trees are changing colors and the whole campus is really beautiful right now.

Picture 1: Shot with an ISO of 800, 56 mm, f/9 and 1/800 shutter speed. I took this picture because this tree was really nicely backlit by the sun. Also, I think that the branches and the red leaves look like blood flowing through veins so it really emphasizes the fact that this tree is alive to me.

Picture 2: Shot with an ISO of 800, 55 mm, f/4.5 and 1/800 shutter speed. I picked this picture from the rest of my leaf pictures because I think it is really neat that only that one branch is in focus and everything else in the shot is out of focus. I also really like the the upward arch of the branch. I think that makes this shot different than any old picture of a branch.
-Sarah McQuate

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


September 21, 2010. While hiking the Lower Loop of Rimrock Trail in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota, we walked through a side canyon. For a while, the light was dim, the day was cloudy and the place felt a bit eerie. Lots of humidity and rainfall had created a lush undergrowth, with arches of trees overhead. Suddenly, the sun broke out of the clouds and the light ahead created a different and beautiful world. I snapped this shot using a Canon Powershot A720 IS, set on auto, no flash. Once home, I opened Photoshop and used the Topaz Labs Simplify/BuzSim filter to make this image.
-Sally Austin

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


November 3, 2010. This fall in Colorado is unusual in that leaves remain on the trees after Halloween. Normally, November 1st is cold and dreary with nary a leaf of color in sight. This photo op came when I was walking down the driveway. With the sun illuminating the leaves from behind the trees, the shapes and colors, the interplay of light and dark intrigued me. Again, this was my trusty Canon Powershot A720 IS, set on auto. And once again, I played with the Topaz Labs filter for Photoshop, Simplify/Buzsim. I like how the filter treats the leaves and creates a near stained glass effect with branches and leaves.
-Sally Austin

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Canon 60d
ISO: 125
Lens: Canon Kit 18-135 EF-S Lens
Focal Length: 60mm
Shutter: 1/100
Aperture: f/10.0
-Shane Pixton

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


I went hiking the day these shots were taken to enjoy the leaves. I brought my camera along in case any good shots came my way. There were plenty, but nothing suitable for this contest, just for personal enjoyment. After the hike, I met my wife at a local winery for some wine sampling at Linden Vineyards in Linden, VA. We signed up for their cellar tasting. While waiting around for the tasting to begin, we wandered around the grapevines. The grape leaves turn colors in the Fall, after the harvest. I thought these would be more interesting shots to capture Fall, for us, since we live in Virginia's wine country and there there are grape vines all around where we live. I used no special techniques to capture the images. The shots were taken free hand. I did process the RAW images myself to desaturate the colors slightly. Even though "colors" are the "thing" for Fall, the desaturation seems to give the colors more character. Bright red is great for the circus, but to me, muted red seems more in line with the season.

Their wine wasn't too bad. We bought a bottle each of their two dessert wines: a Late Harvest Vidal and a Late Harvest Petit Manseng.

Canon 60d
ISO: 200
Lens: Kit 18-135 EF-S Lens
Focal Length: 60mm
Shutter: 1/100
Aperture: f/5.0
-Shane Pixton

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


18mm
3 sec exposure
f/6.3
ISO 100
So this first shot was a lot of fun. It was kind of misting, so I did my best to keep my camera dry. I had to scale the side of the river bank and trust me, it was risky. I made it to a rock in the middle of this small river. I had just enough room for me to stand on, eek. I set my tripod in the river with it's head just above the water. I had a death grip on my camera as I set it on the tripod, and didn't fully let go until I got the shot. I have to admit, penny got a little wet, but I got the shot. I went for a 3 sec exposure (luckily it was very overcast) and managed to capture bubbles (from the rain) and a leaf or two on the surface of the river riding downstream.
-Shawn Nicholas

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2


18mm
about 30 min exposure
f/9
iso 100
A buddy and I were in upper michigan for a Rally (LSPR). In between stages, we had some time to kill, and we happened to be parked on a road that went in a north/south direction. So I set my camera on a mini tripod facing north. I didn't pay much attention to the northern star, and it shows, I just barely got it in the shot. I really didn't give this shot much of a chance since there was a full moon (and this was only my second star trail attempt ever). My goal with the low angle was to get some tall grass in the shot. I don't think it showed, but I still like the angle. Used bulb mode and my IR remote and waited for about a half hour. Post processing includes a little de-noise due to the fact that I had to brighten it up to see the star trails better.
-Shawn Nicholas

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Taken with My Droid X. I know this picture doesn't have many leaves or much color, but I think it really represents fall for where I live well, where most of the leaves are already on the ground.
-Stephen Bank

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Taken with my Samsung point and shoot. I saw this tree while walking back from class, and I just thought it would be perfect for this.
-Stephen Bank

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


This image was shot with a Canon 5D mark II 24-105 lens. It was a great fall day in the Adirondack mountains and my boss had me go on a short hike at Whiteface mountain called Stag Brook Falls. Great day at work.
This is also an HDR image too.
-Steve Twardzik

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


This image was shot with a Canon 5D mark II 24-105 lens. It was a great fall day in the Adirondack mountains and my boss had me go on a short hike at Whiteface mountain called Stag Brook Falls. Great day at work.
-Steve Twardzik

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Photo taken at the Arboretum in Seattle, November 6th, 2010
Equipment: Canon EOS 30D ISO 500 f/4 1/25s. Focal Length 100mm
Weather Conditions: Cloudy.
The leaf was suspended by a spider web thread beneath a maple tree.
-Thomas Locke

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Photo taken at the Arboretum in Seattle, November 6th, 2010
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D ISO 640 f/2.8 1/100s. Focal Length 165mm
Weather Conditions: Cloudy.
The foreground of this shot features maple leaves, with a large maple tree in the background.
-Thomas Locke

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Fall is all around!

I took this in the Schoenbuch natural park near Stuttgart, Germany. This is a 360 degree spherical panorama remapped to stereographic projection. I shot the panorama in 39 pictures using a Canon PowerShot A520 and stitched it with Hugin. Taken on 11/4/2010.
-Timo Harter

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Taken with my Canon T1i, and Tamron 18-270 lens. It was a cold Fall morning, just got in my car and was about to turn on the windshield wipers, but the leaves and drops of water on the windshield caught my eye.
-Tom Marshick

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Exposure Time: 1 / 200
Lens Model: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
-Tom Paplosky

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


I took these photos using my Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I randomly decided to go for a hike with a friend on Sunday, Nov. 7th. Most of the leaves were brown and dead but there was still patches of trees with some color. This is my first shooting contest and I really haven't used my camera at all this year. It was a lot of fun shooting again.

I made some tweaks in Photoshop for sharpness and saturation.

Exposure Time: 1 / 400
Lens Model: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
-Tom Paplosky

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Camera - Samsung Vibrant
App - Camera 360 Pro - Color Shift Mode

Tried to get out all weekend to get some last minute fall shoots. Was 60 here today and finally got out about 10 minutes before sunset. Shot a few pictures but nothing looked "right". Was headed back to the car and looked down and saw the shot.
-Travis Miller

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Nikon D200 w/ 105mm Macro VR, ISO 400, f/3, 1/1600
-Vince Wilcox

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Shot this in a mall parking lot after getting off work. Trying to get the most out of rented lenses for the weekend-shout out to BorrowLenses.com! Played with a lot of angles and compositions. I love the glow and depth of field on the first one but the shapes and color on the second are my favorite.

f/4, 1/125
-Vince Wilcox

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


I took these with my Nikon D5000. I got my camera last year for Christmas and was very excited, but could not wait for Fall to come around to try it out for fall shots. I live in Michigan so the fall colors really show. I was playing outside with my nieces and nephew for shot two. Shot one was at a Metro Park just walking along on the trails. I used my 55-200 lens.
-Wendy Warren

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Taken on a Panasonic DMC-GF1 mid-afternoon.
We wanted to capture the contrast between the dull, brown death of Fall and the bright green bloom of Spring.
-Whitney DeBruin

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Morning Colors
I live on the Hudson River by the George Washington Bridge. Every morning I look out my window and see New Jersey and one of my favorite things about the view is watching the leaves change. For this challenge I woke up at sunrise and went to my roof to capture the colors at their peak. I shot this photo and was really happy with it because it shows the colors nicely, but I also dig the lines of the bridge and the shadow. It looks like the shadow is coming from the tower in the photo, but the sun is actually behind and to the right of the camera, so the shadow is of the tower on the NYC side of the river, kind of a mind trick.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm 1.8
Exposure: 1/800 sec at f / 5.0, -2/3EV
ISO: 200
-Zachary Tolbert

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Fall Back
One of the things I always think about in fall is daylight savings time. To remember whether or not to add and hour or subtract I use the idiom, "Spring Forward and Fall Back." That was the inspiration for this photo. During a stroll in Central Park I found this killer tree with some nice color as my subject. To give it that time warp feel I configured the camera to have a longer exposure, 1/15th worked for the lighting, I zoomed into the center of the tree, then as I began zooming out I hit the shutter button. This kept the center in focus and gave motion to the outside edges as the camera captured the image during the slower exposure. In Lightroom I tweaked the image a bit for color and contrast to give it some more impact.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8, shot at 35mm-70mm
Exposure: 1/15 sec at f / 11.0
ISO: 200
-Zachary Tolbert

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


I park under a few trees and found many leaves frosted to my car when I was leaving for work.

Camera Model: Sony a200
Lens and focal length: Sigma DG 28-200mm @ 55mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Post processing: Adjusted mid-levels
-Zach Jones

Shooting Challenge Fall Leaves Gallery 2S


Found a little frozen leaf on the top of my car and really liked the contrast.

Camera Model: Sony a200
Lens and focal length: Sigma DG 28-200mm @ 55mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Post processing: Slight contrast boost
-Zach Jones