It’s the most beautiful time of the year: Fall. And luckily for us, all of you pulled out your cameras to give us a look at the beautiful leaves ranging from Calgary to Croatia.
Winner: Minnesota Canopy
My photo submission is from a recent drive near my home in Minnesota. I headed out early in the morning with the intention of taking photos of the swans and various ducks and geese at near wildlife management area. I had forgotten in was duck season and with shotguns going off and the numerous people, waterfowl were nowhere to be seen, let alone sitting still if they were nearby. I continued to drive away and through the area and came upon a heavier wooded area. The sun shining down through the canopy set off the deep fall yellows from the surrounding trees.. It was the highlight and unexpected photo of the day for me.
This is a tree outside our house, where the leaves turn a crazy pink color before falling off. Some fallen leaves get stuck in the tree where they turn a dark red. I pointed the phone up from underneath the tree.
No filter was used here, shot with an iPhone 6S and the stock camera app.
George Washington National Forest
The picture was taken on an offroad trail in the George Washington National Forest with a D5000 and 35mm lens. I found the reflection in the lake to be a great subject for the photo, framed by the yellow and green forest. I had been driving back down the trail and took the photo from the seat of my car as it gave me a good height to get the shot.
I hope you enjoy the picture. I’ve been inspired by IndefinitelyWild to travel the world and record my adventures in the relative short term (2-3 years).
I’ve been a longtime viewer of the Shooting Challenge posts, but this is my first submission. I work at The Morton Arboretum in Illinois and love the magnificent trees and colors this season, but I haven’t gotten a chance to get a shot that I liked of the fall leaves. I was late for work and rushing to my car. Once I got outside, I noticed it had rained overnight and caused a bunch of those small annoying leaves to be plastered all over my car. Once I sat in the driver seat and looked at the windshield, it almost appeared as if the leaves were frozen in mid free fall, instead of just resting on my window. Taken with my iPhone 6s and lightly edited in VSCO.
This shot was taken in Calgary, Alberta, Canada overlooking Edworthy Park, west of the city core. In the distance you can see downtown. I really liked the winding road coming through the valley of colorful trees and decided to stitch multiple photos together to get a wide angle shot of the area. I shot this with my DJI Inspire 1 with X3 camera. It is a four-layer, 18 image photo-stitch.
Shot this while looking up in a grove of Aspen trees while up in Flagstaff, Arizona. I had seen this trees while up in the San Francisco Peaks and knew I wanted to get some photos within the grove.
From The Car
My family and I were driving around the local mountain to view the beautiful scenery and ended up taking photos at several scenic overlooks, but the favorite photo is this one taking from the car while we were driving.
In Syracuse, NY we have already been blessed with snow while the trees are still turning, but the photo I got of that is too depressing to show this early in the dark season. At the moment we are having a run of warm, if damp, weather, which seems to be prolonging the senescence of the leaves. I have a yard full of regionally native plants (which I planted to displace the invasive exotics favored by the previous owner), and in my front yard, verging on my porch steps and the sidewalk, is a beautiful serviceberry tree, which flowers a fringy white all over in spring, is covered with birds eating the berries in early summer, and then turns these nutso harlequin deep green and maroon colors you see in the photo, not just within the bush from leaf to leaf, but also within each leaf. Since I have been coming home to this spectacle for a little over a week, I was thrilled to see this week’s challenge. I shot this handheld from my steps, looking down on the lower branches, using my Sony A7R mk2 with an SEL90M28G macro lens. Shutter was 1/60, aperture f/7.1, ISO 200, manually focused, just as evening was setting in.
Aspens and Willows are about the only color to be found on the dry side of the Sierras but they create ribbons of gold following creeks out of the mountains. This view is looking downhill but may seem reversed because the steep canyon walls are obscuring the horizon. Shot Oct 14th at Big Pine Creek, 8000 ft, Eastern Sierras, CA, USA
I took this photo of the Tohickan Creek, Tohickan Campground in Pennsylvania last Friday night. The colors reflecting in the creek against the clear starry skies made me run for my tripod. The many campfires around created a beautiful smoke on the water. Sony A7k/FE Rokinnon 14mm/F2.8/10sec/ISO3400
Tri-colored leaves on the same tree in Fairmount Park. Shot on a Canon EOS REBEL T1i. ISO 100, 50mm, f/4, 1/320. Small adjustments in Adobe Lightroom
This year, I had to take a photo in my yard - I missed the aspens in CO by a week or so.
After a few days of rain, my yard is covered by about 36 bajillion leaves. Today is the first sunny day after the rain, and they look beautiful - but I have to go and rake them soon. I walked the neighborhood looking for that perfect leaf, with the blue sky behind, and I took some decent shots. As I was coming back to the house, I saw this one - neighbor’s red maple leaf in my yard, in the middle of this huge pile of golden leaves. I took a few photos, and decide to crop it tight - I love the red against the gold. Taken with Canon 6D and 70-200L f2.8 handheld, ISO100, 170mm, f2.8, 1/3200
My special lady friend and I took our annual trip to southern Colorado. This year we chose Creede, CO which is a great small ex-mining town in the San Juan Mountain Range. One day after eating breakfast at the only restaurant in town I came across some aspen leaves still covered with the previous night’s dew. I used a Sony RX100 ii in macro mode for the quick snap.
Was jogging through Prospect Park when I noticed a slight beam of light coming through showing a nice gradient of fall colors. Would have been nicer if I had my DSLR, but had to make do with what I had. Nexus 5, HDR mode.
National Shrine of the Divine Mercy
Life-size bronze statues of the eighth Station of the Cross at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. The tree line was 1/8 of a mile behind the the station and only a handful of trees had begun to change, the rest of the tree line was still green. The image was photographed several 100 feet back from the station at 160mm to capture the tree line. The method gave the image a 3D feel. Sony A7RII with 24-240 Sony lens
Like the leading picture of the shooting challenge, while I was out walking two dogs for work, I saw this tree. It was halfway in the sun, the other half in shadow. What really stood out for me was that the shadow area was more green, the sun area more amber/red, and almost looked like the top of it was on fire. Luckily the two dogs both decided to take a pee break in our walk for me to be able to take this picture. I wanted to get more shots and play with the settings more, maybe try taking some shots in HDR mode, but the dogs didn’t cooperate.
Fortunately, this was taken with all default settings in automatic mode on a Nokia Lumia 928 in the Lumia Camera app. f-stop ended up being f/2, and 1/540 second exposure.
When I saw this challenge I planned to take out one of my “real” cameras to see what I could find this weekend. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum...
I went to visit my parents who still live in the same house we grew up in. Typical of suburbia there were few trees when we moved in, All us kids planted trees and the tradition continued with the next generation. My niece’s sugar maple had fiery red leaves but had already lost most of them. My nephew chose this silver maple to plant. The best camera is the one you have and I had my Moto X Pure on hand. Using an Android phone on HDR mode I managed to capture this photo. Crop and contrast thanks to Paint.net.
I took this image in Oneonta Gorge which is a small canyon in the Columbia River Gorge just outside of Portland, OR. You have to climb over a large log jam to reach this section and I noticed that beautiful yellow leaves from the trees above the gorge were drifting down into the water. I set up my camera on a tripod in ankle deep water (I couldn’t feel my feet after a while) and took this shot after tossing one of the leaves so it would drift by during the long exposure and create a streak of color. I used a polarizer to diminish the glare on the stream and a small aperture to capture the detail in the leaves in the foreground and the fern covered canyon walls beyond. No post processing was done so this is the image straight from the camera. Nikon D90, AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 with polarizer, 5 second exposure at f/20 using ISO 200 and underexposed -2/3 EV.
While visiting Dallas Arboretum I decided to bring my Canon T3i Camera along with me in hopes that I can catch some beautiful fall colors. You might not be aware but Dallas only has two season, “Summer” and “Winter”. Luckily for me I was able to capture what I think are some amazing colors of the season. Canon T3i, 50MM 1.8 1/100 | f/9 | iso 100
After few weeks of rain, it’s really joy to have sunny weather here in Croatia. I was hiking with my son and saw this beautiful vineyard with graeat colors. Place where photo was taken is Srebrnjak, near Sveta Nedelja, Camera and settings: Olympus OM-D E-M10, lens is Olympus 17mm 1.8, ISO 200, f/8, 1/500s shot handheld.
Had just bought this new/old lens that i wanted to try out, its a Tamron 28mm-200mm f3.8-5.6 legacy lens that i used with an adapter with my Sony A7. I went for a walk with it and tested it out on some trees, i really liked this one, because even though its in the city you can’t tell that it is or it isn’t from this angle, and in my opinion that just makes it that much better, I’m fortunate enough to live in a city like Vancouver where we have a lot of trees everywhere but not a lot of big cities have trees anymore, so i thought this angle was appropriate, shows that even in big cities you can find that one tree that gives you serenity and peace.
I have been reading Gizmodo and sister sites for years, mainly Jalopnik I own a 1968 f100 (attached). My wife is always taking pictures of our 3 young boys and/or paying a professional photographer. Over the years my wife mentioned numerous times how she took photography classes in college and loved it. So I thought I had the best idea ever and would get her a nice DSLR for Christmas last year. I bought her a Nikon d3200 with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. She was completely intimidated by it..... So in trying to teach her and show her how easy it was I have started to fall in love with photography. I am a complete novice, but love taking pictures. I saw the challenge and thought i would give it a shot. I live near Nashville, TN on a wooded lot and wanted to take a pic from my backyard. Walking around with the boys taking a few pics of leaves this one was spotted looking up on a limb.
I was out shooting last night because I had dropped my camera last week onto a gravel road (while getting out of my truck in the woods) and broke the UV filter, however, it appeared that the lens itself was not harmed (amazing). After replacing the UV filter, I was out testing to make sure it still worked ok. I thought this was a cool picture of grape leaves as the sun was setting. I shot this with my Rebel SL1. ISO: 200, f/4, and 1/60.
I spent the last few weeks admiring and photographing the leaves, but it wasn’t until I shifted my focus to the light that my photos started to capture the essence of fall. Canon T2i, ISO 100 f/4.0 1/100
I recently moved from Texas to Illinois and am loving the scenery already. I was driving around this weekend just after sunrise looking for a colorful scene to photograph. I made my way to the old part of town where there are brick roads and old houses and was rewarded with this sight. The sun lit up this tree like I couldn’t believe. I’m very happy the photo captured the brilliance as well as it did. However, the photo misrepresents the setting in one way: warm and inviting as it may look, it was just above freezing and my jacket was not heavy enough for this outing. Sony A77, 16mm, f/18, 1/20 sec., ISO 320
A Little Off The Top
Noticed this tree overlooking a pond on our morning birding walk yesterday. I liked that most other trees nearby were either still green or already leafless, so that made this one stand out more. Nikon D3300 with 55-300 lens
I know fall leaves aren’t exactly the subject of this photo, but here in Seattle you can’t look up at a tree without seeing spiders this time of year. Canon EOS-M3 with the 100mm macro lens. Manual 1/100s, f/13, ISO 200 then light editing in Lightroom and Color Efex Pro 4.
Came to Nami Island, South Korea prepared with my Sony NEX-6/24mm lens, to see its beautiful autumn foliage. However, this is the least congested shot I could pull off, there were tons of people here even for a weekday..
There’s not much of a story to tell about this one. Our neighbors house has been abandoned for the past 3 years yet somehow, their lawn, bushes, and trees always look better than ours. I looked out my window a few days ago and the leaves that were all completely green the day before were all completely bright yellow. Talk about being jealous...I took this with a Sony A6000 in the auto setting. I stood directly under the tree and just pointed straight up facing toward the sun.
This shot was taken along the Neshaminy Creek at Tyler State Park in Pennsylvania. I wanted to take a long exposure photo of leaves flowing through the creek so I took a short hike up the creek once a week for the past month until the conditions were right. I used a neutral density filter and set my lens to f/22 so I could take a 25 second exposure. I used a Sony a7R ii with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 50.
Living in Louisville, KY in an older neighborhood with plenty of trees, fall is an especially beautiful time of year. I can walk out of my house and see multiple trees with many worthy fall pictures. I chose this pic of a dogwood leaf to submit because of its rich colors and relative simplicity. It also looks like a stylized preying mantis and I think that is pretty cool. This image was taken with a Sony A7 II body. The lens was a Nikon 85mm 1.4g attached with a Novoflex Adapter. Exposure was 1/400; ISO 80. Because the body and the lens do not communicate all data, I’m not sure what the aperture was. It was probably pretty close to wide open.
An interesting grouping of Fall leaves on a bush that had a vibrant red color. It was captured with a Nokia 635, and resized in Paint.net 4.06 without any post image processing.
This photograph was taken a couple weeks back when the leaves were just starting to drop and it was beginning to feel like fall. The light was nice so I grabbed my camera and went out for a walk with our dog thinking I would try to get him to cooperate but really liked the light and the leaves on the old bridge over a ravine by our house so I nerded out taking pictures of the ground for a while and got this. Leica M, 35 Summilux 1.4. f1.4, 1/125, ISO 200
Sean C Bjork
I’ve been thinking a lot about death recently. I planned to take a fall picture for this contest in my hometown when I went to see my mother this week, but I didn’t want to photograph the usual spots that I’ve done a hundred times before. So, when I saw a small cemetery, I pulled in and thought about what I could photograph.
And then I realized that I was standing within a stone’s throw of a girl I knew from high school, a girl who I can still remember clearly, a girl who died in front of me and three-dozen other horrified classmates back when I was a freshman. I realized that it was the first time I’d been in this cemetery in a decade, and that so much time had passed. She’s now been dead for a longer time than she was ever alive. All the memories I have of life from then to now...they’re more than she had in her whole life. She died at age fourteen. I took a few shots near her grave, but it felt wrong to use them for this. However, the connection between Autumn and mortality (hardly new) stuck with me.
On Sunday, I drove out to Lakeview Cemetery on Cleveland’s East Side. It’s an amazing place with things that you wouldn’t believe. Instead of going to one of the more well-known statues that’s been shot by everyone (the Haserot Angel, Google it!), I remembered seeing these pillars rising up through the leaves like the vestiges of a long-forgotten temple. I’ve taken a very similar shot to this before, but that was in spring with everything verdant and green and new; this is a nice contrast to that.
I used my Sony A7II and my Zeiss 24-70 f4. To sharpen the image up slightly, I stopped down to f4.5, zoomed in to about 50mm and a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second. The contrast of the color and the stone of the absurdly large grave marker seems fitting, especially over the last few days. I’ve really been thinking a lot about how fragile life actually is. We fool ourselves into thinking that it’s not, but our time’s short. I thought about the young girl I knew, how her whole life is over and done, and how someday I’ll do the same. It’s somber, really, but it also means that we ought to enjoy the experiences we’ve got while we’re able to. The color of the leaves is beautiful, but it’s also a reminder of our mortality. Sorry if that’s morbid, but that’s what this particular shooting contest brought out of me.
I grew up in a tropical country where there are only two seasons : Monsoon and summer. You could imagine my excitement when I saw New England fall for the first tim!! I went on a drive with my friend chasing fall colors, and was discussing with him earlier in the day how hard it is to find good reflections. We were driving through a small road somewhere in western CT-MA border when we found this gem. The light was fading fast, so quickly parked the car, pulled out the camera and started shooting. Sending the one I liked the most. Equipment Used : Nikon D80, 18-135, f/7.1
San Gabriel Valley Stalk
I really liked how this little stalk of grass looked like a delicate miniature tree with tiny little leaves. It really stood out from all the other plants in this general vicinity. I just waited a few seconds for the wind to prop up the stalk just right then hit the shutter. I took this picture in the mountains above the San Gabriel Valley in California with a Canon 5D Mark II and 24-105mm f/4 Lens.
I was out doing yard work and noticed the bright colors of this small dogwood tree. The late Sunday afternoon sunlight was fickle, constantly changing as the clouds shifted overhead. I took this shot with outstretched arms, standing on my toes, the camera held as high as possible to get close to the most colorful leaves. I like the different shades of color in the dogwood, and the contrast of the still-green beech tree in the background. Canon G7X, F/1.8, 1/125 sec. ISO-125.
In drought ridden southern California this was almost an impossible challenge unless we wanted to redefine “fall” to “dry” or “dead”. I almost had to run over to the nearest Hobby Lobby to photograph some artificial decorative leaves just to participate. Ah, but after a long walk around Glendale, We spotted one rare fall tree. I used my droid phone with the sunshine in the back to give it an even more yellow look.
Talcott Mountain State Park
This is one of my favorite spots to frequent in CT – Talcott Mountain State Park. It offers many stunning lookouts, the incredible and climbable Heublein Tower (once a summer home built in the 1950s), and often public events are held by the hardworking association. At around 1,000 feet up, the 1,000+ sq mile view never gets old. Beautiful in every season and any time of day, it is especially so in autumn when the late afternoon sun hits the mountainside just right. The true beauty of autumn in New England. Taken with: iPhone 6 – 4.15mm; 1/120 sec; f/2.2; ISO 32 – 10/16/2015
Sunny afternoon in Cooperstown, NY, overlooking Glimmerglass Lake at the state park. Taken on a Samsung Galaxy S5, and this is the raw photo. (I have photos of this shot from my Canon Rebel T3i as well, but do not have access to them at this time. If the sizes/aspect ratio of those would be better for the contest, let me know, and I can send those tonight.)
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This photo was taken in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I had to do a bit of hiking to get this shot. It’s a long exposure shot in order to get the cool water effect. I forgot my tripod so I had to improvise and stack a few rocks to position the camera to get this shot. Those orange leaves looked so cool on top of those wet rocks. Equipment used was my 6D, Sigma 24-70mm, Tiffen variable ND, and a few rocks.
I took this picture on a drive back from a family trip to the pumpkin patch with my wife and two kids. This shot it of Webb Road, just north of DeWitt, MI. We came down this road on the way to the patch and made my family stop on the way back so I could stand in the road to take the picture. I took the picture with my iPhone 6 using a multi-exposure app named Hydra.
I was driving over to Forest park in St Louis, MO, over the weekend to walk my dog and I saw this view as I was driving by. I hiked around and butted up to the interstate and got this shot. I walked the entire park and this ended up being the best color I saw all day. I used a Nikon D750 with a 28-75 F2.8 Tamron Lens with a polarizer
For this shot I used a Canon 6D with a Canon 24-105 f/4 lens. This is a 3 picture exposure HDR shot. I stood directly under a tree and pointed my camera up to catch the sun coming through the leaves. I really liked the backlighting the sun was giving the leaves and the fact that there was just a few orange leaves mixed in. This is one of the last trees by me that has this much green on it still!
I speak Spanish. Esta foto fue tomada en la cuidad de Warwick, RI, donde vivo, en una de mis caminatas matutinas. El equipo usado fue mi table SamsungPro y mi tecnica usada fue enfocar y disparar.
Esta foto fue tomada en una visita a New Hampshire con unos amigos. El año pasado fuimos pero estaba finalizando y este año quisimos llegar a tiempo pero no estaba en todo su esplendor el otoño. Aun asi se captaron fotos como esta. Tomada con mi table SamsungPro, sin mayor tecnica solo al ojo.
Just saw your contest articles and thought that it would be cool to try and enter. I just started photography. The shot was on a Canon T3i with a 18-135 stm lens handheld. I actually found the camera in the middle of the road last year with the flash torn off and a mutilated lens but it works. I’m a delivery driver so whenever I see good stuff I just take a sec and grab a few shots. Its nice.
I was hunting for fall colors over the weekend in the Mt. Rose Wilderness near Reno, Nevada and came across this “fall”en log leading to a grove of changing aspens. Shot with Olympus OM-D, Lumix G 20mm lens, 1/125 sec F2.2.
I could look at fall leaves photos all day. (In fact, I’m about to go outside just to see more.) Thanks to everyone who took part of our fifth annual fall leaves photography context this week. Look out for a new challenge tomorrow.