These were taken with a Canon SD600.
The pictures were both taken in Keweenaw County near Michigan Tech, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Waterfall picture is Jacobs Falls Located North of Gay, MI off of Lac La Belle Road. The second picture was taken of an almost dried up creek bed off of US-41 south of Copper Harbor, MI.
-Aaron Oaks

"My Private Sun"

"The Hidden Mushroom"

Top: Canon EOS 500D, EF-S18-55mm, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, f/10, processed in Lightroom
Series of Photos of my beloved fiancée on a sunny (but cold) Sunday under this beautiful tree in the Stadtpark Hamburg-Germany. The plan was to take only one shot of her under the Tree but as I can never get enough of her, I combined all the shots together in Photoshop so I can see her everywhere.
Bottom: Canon EOS 500D, EF-S18-55mm, ISO 160, 1/60 sec, f/5,6, processed in Lightroom
After Shooting the First series of Photos, I started to gather my stuff, and it was there, just under me. I stepped around for about an hour there, everything was smashed but the mushroom :)
It was for us "the" epic fall moment: The mushrooms, the leaves, the wet grass...:)
-Ahmed S. Messaoudi

ISO 100, 24mm focal length, f/16, 1/10 sec exposure. Living in California I have never once seen the leaves change color, they simply fall to their deaths a pale brown color - nothing too exciting for a Fall Leaves challenge. So, I decided I would try to capture the essence of Fall in the Sierra Nevada. Characterized by evergreen trees the area presents a bit of a challenge in the way of capturing changing leaves, so i instead decided to take a few sunrise shots instead. I came out with this, the largest jagged peak is named Crystal Craig, and beneath it is Lake George. Cheers.
-Andre Mere

Droid Incredible, edited with Google Picasa. Focal Length 4.92mm ISO 100.

Droid Incredible, edited with Google Picasa. Focal Length 4.92mm ISO 111
Top: was actually taken in the car while driving to go apple picking last week. I had gotten lost and went on a dead road with no signs and saw this view. I snapped over 10 pictures on this road, but this was the best shot even though there's a bit of glare from the reflection on the road. I tried to fix it, but I'm not a Photoshop pro, but definitely gives me a fally feeling. I should have gotten out of the car, but I wasn't really thinking about this challenge. I just wanted to take pictures and realized it after I got home.
Bottom: was taken last Saturday on a hike at Bear Mountain. It was actually my first hike of the fall and even though I'm kind of late, there was perfect fall scenery and really cold! This is in the Black Rock Forest trail about 1/2 a mile into the hike. My hands were frozen already.
-Andrew Chui

ISO 640, Exposure: 1/80s, Focal Length: 45mm

ISO 1600, Exposure: 1.3s
Top: This one was shot soon after hearing about the contest. I decided to go for a walk in the park nearby and see if I could find any good scenery to shoot. I ended up walked by this vibrant red leaf laying on the paved running path. I squatted down to take a few pictures and a runner ran right into my shot and knocked over the leaf. Luckily she did not step on it so I placed it back in the position it was (I think) and took a few different shots. I liked this one the best and added just a touch of emphasis on the red in Photoshop.
Bottom: I was feeling lazy while trying to get a second picture in for the contest and I wanted to try something with freelancing to get a good macro shot of some leaves. I walked 2 feet outside my door and grabbed a few leaves and set them on a white sheet of paper. Needless to say, I could not get a shot I like with that method so I started messing around with other parts of the camera. I ended up getting this picture with a one second exposure while I zoomed out from close up with my lens. I didn't think it looked like much at first but once I got it on my computer I figured that I would try to work with it a bit. I ended up bumping up the saturation and vibrance in the image to get this abstract picture.
Both pictures were shot using a Sony A550. The second one involved a small tripod. Lens was the stock 18 to 55mm lens.
-Andrew Eastman

Both of these photos were shot using a Nikon D90 at 18mm. ISO 640, f11, 1/500 Shutter. These were both bracketed shots that I edited as HDR photographs for greater pop.
-Andrew Shrout

Nikon D50 ISO 200, 28mm, -0.3 EV, f/4.2, 1/50
This was shot in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park November 1st, 2010. This was my first day in the park, and the lighting was fantastic w/ many shafts of sunlight beaming through the clouds and forest canopy. After my wife urged me to pull over at a turn out to snap some pictures of a super red colored tree that towered over the park. I quickly scrambled up the hill across the street form the look out, and was caught in awe by the warm feeling of serenity as the sounds of a multitude of tourist chatty conversations and laughter diffused through the trees and leaves falling all around me. My footfalls echoed as I strode alone in the crunchy leaves, I began to bang off exposures trying to capture the contrast of light filtering through the leaves as the whole canopy shifted back and forth in the wind like kelp in the Pacific singing Kumbaya. After trying multiple angles, it was when I was laying on my back in the leaves in an attempt to envelop as much of the canopy as I could in the viewfinder of my Nikon D50 and squeezed as much light into my Vivitar Series 1 (FX format) 19mm-35mm lens, that I noticed the vibrant living green moss juxtaposed in beautiful contrast to the dead leaves around it.
-Andrew Yi

I took both of these shots yesterday with my 7D, the first the 10-22mm wide-angle lens and the second with the 15-85mm lens (both Canon). Although leaves littered the ground most places, my eye kept catching the leaves still clinging to the branches, particularly the lonely clothed tree next to its naked cousins in the second shot.
-Andrew Zirm

Shot with an iPhone 4, cropped and slightly edited on Picnik
I was walking in Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. A friend yelled to me to come look at this tree and showed me this leaf. At first it appears to be captured mid-fall but its actually being held by two fine spider webs.
I pulled out my iPhone 4 and quickly took a few pictures before moving on. I thought it was a very unique scene.
-Andy Moe

Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 6.0mm, 1/160s, F3.2, ISO 1600,
-Anne P. Masterson

"Fall Leaves or Lack Thereof"

Nikon D3000, VR 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G. 18mm, F3.5, 1/30sec, ISO 220
I took this shot out in my backyard standing on my deck right after work. A beautiful end to a stressful day.
-Anthony Synakiewicz

Top: This image was taken with a D90 using an 18-105mm lens @ 18mm. The exposure was at 1/160 of a sec @ f/11 with ISO 200. I also used an SB-600 to properly expose the foreground, while keeping the sky from being blown out. I found this tree in front of this, what seemed to be, abandoned building to be rather haunting. The tree had its own creepiness to it, but combined with the falling leaves, and the building in the background, it made for a great composition on the tail of Halloween.
Bottom: This image was taken with a D90 using an 18-105mm lens @ 28mm. The exposure was at 1/160 of a sec @ f/11 with ISO 200. This was trail/driveway that led up to the building in the previous photo. The tree cover provided just enough shade to add to the fall feel of things. The leaves which had fallen on the ground displayed such a golden color, it added a feel of life to the otherwise dark nature of the composition.
-Avinash Patel

Top: Canon 7D, Canon EF-S 17-55m F/2.8 IS (Best lens for the 7D, blows 24-70mm F/2.8 L out of the water) ISO 400, F/8, 1/100 sec., RAW, hand held. This was Taken in the Lasal Mountains just outside of Moab, UT. The colors up there are amazing this time of year. This was near the Hazard County mountain biking trails (which is why I was there in the first place). The whole area is incredible, you can be in the desert one minute, and then take a 20 minute drive and be in the high alpine.
Bottom: Canon 7D, Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 IS (again see above) ISO 200, F/22, 1/40 sec., RAW, tripod mounted, Manfrotto 190XB, 322RC2 Head. This Shot is In the Lasal Mountains just outside of Moab, UT. It's an amazing lake along side of the Burrow Trail (incredible mountain biking). The area in Moab and surrounding is just awesome. You can be in the desert and the mountains all in one day. On this ride we started in snow, and ended up in the 85 degree desert.
-Brandon J. Doza

Shot with my Nikon D40X, Keelia. 18mm Focal Length (Lens) f/14, 30 second exposure, ISO at 800.
This is along a median that travels the "nice neighborhood." It was raining and my friend stood with me holding an umbrella above my camera. Took a few tries, and we got a lot of strange looks. Love it.
-Brettward Massecre

Taken with a Canon PowerShot s90, 1/320 second exposure at f/4.0, ISO 200. This is a line of partially backlit maples, across the street from where I work in Olympia.
-Brian Hall

Shot with a Canon 7D, 50mm 1.8 II lens, in the Seattle area.
-Casey Sjogren

Top: Canon XSi 18-55 Kit lens 1/200sec f/10 ISO 200
I live in New England and fall here is very colorful except when all the leaves fall off and it's a pain in the ass to rake everything up. So we were driving to Boston for the day and we decided to stop by this small pond. I kinda just randomly took pictures and this came up.
Bottom: Canon XSi 18-55 Kit lens 1/15sec f/5 ISO 800
I was going to homework. I got distracted. I went outside. I took this picture. If I remember correctly, I think I did barely any retouching on this picture. Too bad my computer kinda decided it wouldn't cooperate with me so I only had the pictures I took toward the beginning of fall.
-Chris Hu

Canon Rebel T2i; f/5.6; iso 800

Canon Rebel T2i; f/9.0; iso 800 (this one was enhanced a little in Photoshop)
My husband and I live in San Diego, so there really isn't too much "fall" going on around us. After much searching, we found a park full of trees . . . about three of which were losing leaves. We seized the opportunity, amidst the surrounding groups of college-students who were barbecuing and playing Frisbee.
-Christi Magnuson

Nikon D5000, kit lens
Grove of aspen trees taken near Estes Park, Colorado.
-Collyn Rankin

This was shot on a cloudy morning in Northern Virginia. I used a Canon T1i at ISO 400 F/4 and 1/160 shutter speed.
-Connor Lee

Canon T2i, Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm, f/5 1/50 sec ISO100

Canon T2i, Lens - Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm, f/4 1/30 sec ISO160
With all the colors changing around me, I figured this would be an easy enough shooting challenge to partake in. I brought my camera out around my neighborhood but most of the leaves had fallen off the trees. So I drove up the road to the park and found some colorful trees, these are my results.
-Craig Bjorklund

Canon EOS T1i with a 28-200mm EF lens, Picture 1: 1/60, f7.1, ISO 100

Canon EOS T1i with a 28-200mm EF lens. Picture 2: 1/30, f13, ISO 100
Top: I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood one Saturday afternoon in the hopes of capturing some Fall shots. The first picture took me a couple tries to get the right perspective and composition. The first picture (attached) is my 3rd try. This was before Halloween and I particularly like the shape on the leave on the bottom right which resembles the shape of a ghost. The interesting thing is I didn't notice this till I uploaded the picture.
Bottom: My second picture was taken using a polarized lens to capture the nice blue sky. It was taken on the same trip as picture 1. The color contrast (red, white and blue) was very interesting to me. The sky was very clear except for a contrail which added a directional dimension to the picture. It was a windy afternoon so you can see the movement of leaves too.
-Dania Thompson

Both were shot using the automatic settings on a Lumix ZS1 and color-corrected in Paint Shop x2. I intentionally went with a grainy finish on the first set- the noise and the higher contrast made it look colder than the 85 degrees it was that day.
-Dave Pomes

Canon 7D
-David Lantz

I haven't submitted pictures before, but I happened to have taken a number of pictures on this theme while hiking in the Delaware Water Gap recently. It was pretty amazing how much the foliage varied by elevation. The first picture, from the summit of Mt. Tammany, is all dead trees and fallen leaves. The second picture, from just off the Appalachian Trail, has a surprising range of color. I was particularly drawn to the way the sun highlighted the turning leaves higher up the slope. Both pictures are HDR compositions taken with a Pentax K-x using a +-2 range.
-David LeClair

This image was taken as I was going to cut wood in the mountains of New Mexico. I only had my iPhone for this shot so I quickly composed the shot and hoped it would work out. The photo and the minor editing were done on a 3Gs iPhone. I am happy with the shot as I only had this very brief opportunity before the turkeys disappeared into the woods.
-Die Fledermaus

Lumix GF1, 20mm f/1.7, 1/160 shutter, ISO100.

Lumix GF1, 20mm f/1.7, 1/80 shutter, ISO100.
Top: I headed up the canyon as the leaves would be best this weekend. As the day started out it was overcast but then the rain came in. Most of the photographers drove home but I loved the way the rain changed the shots, leaves and rocks became glossy, drops danced on the surface of the water next to a logjam of floating leaves. I held my hat over the camera to keep the lens from getting drops on it and slowly soaked with nothing more than a hoodie on. I'm still getting over the accompanying flu but it was still a great weekend to take pictures.
Bottom: While wandering the forest it was like walking on a colorful mosaic of fallen leaves, some with a soft mix of red and green and others shining like bright red beacons. In one spot the lush, spongy, moss made a beautiful carpet for the leaves to lie on. With all the moisture in the air the water had beaded up on the fuzzy underside of the leaves but were slick on the more colorful side of the leaves. I dropped the tripod to only a foot off the ground so I could get some depth of focus without losing the mosaic nature of the leaves.
-Dustin Baugh

For both pictures, I used my Nikon D60. For the picture with the leaves and water I used my zoom lens to get a clear shot and with the second picture of water and background I used my fisheye lens. The story behind these two photo's are the one with the water and leaves and all in background is my backyard and the one with the leaves in the water was also part of my backyard. When the seasons change and the leaves, it's one of my favorite times of the year. For me it's like a new start or beginning. Having such a beautiful backyard gives me the opportunity to wake up and capture the moments. The reason I picked the picture with the leaves in the water is because for me water is so calm and relaxing, and the leaves floating in the water represents change for me. Put both together, and you get calm and change which is everything I look for. Being able to capture these moments and remember them, is the best part for me and knowing I don't have to go far to find change and beauty.
-Emily Parrella

Top: Shot with a Canon Rebel XS using a 28-105 mm lens at 105mm, f9, 1/320th of a second. No color tweaking at all. Only levels & sharpness were adjusted. Soon after reading about the fall leaves contest, I heard about a place called Plumas County where the fall colors are supposed to be awesome. I figured it was time for a road trip (5 hrs), and I wasn't disappointed. On the day I arrived in the town of Quincy, I found a little side street that had the most beautiful, vibrantly colored trees where I managed to take this shot as the sun was starting to go down.
Bottom: Shot with a Canon Rebel XS using a 28-105 mm lens at 105mm, f9, 1/250th of a second. No color tweaking at all. Only levels & sharpness were adjusted. Soon after reading about the fall leaves contest, I heard about a place called Plumas County where the fall colors are supposed to be awesome. I figured it was time for a road trip (5 hrs), and I wasn't disappointed. On the morning of the third day, as I was driving back home, I found a little stream that was lined with beautiful yellow trees. I really liked the colors & great morning light in this shot.
-Eric Kornblum

Nikon D3000, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO-200

Nikon D3000, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm, 1/100, f/5, ISO-200
-Erin Kelly

A panorama comprised of two shots at f/18 1/80s

f/10 1/100s
Living in Washington, there are plenty of opportunities to capture fall leaves. For this pair of photos I took a little hike with only my D60 and 55mm lens. These are two simple shots showing some of the beauty of fall.
-Haley Strohschein

This was sort of an accidental photo, I've been pretty busy with school and college apps so I neglected this challenge a bit. It was taken on a Nikon D3000, f 5.6 and basically auto settings. When I was out trick-or-treating with my friends on Halloween, we decided that hiding one of my particularly scary-looking friends in a pile of leaves and cuing him to jump out and scare other people was a good idea. And it was.
-Hannah Nofsinger

I used d5000 with a 55-200.
-Harvey Taylor

"Coziness of Autumn"

Canon PowerShot SD750 1/50s f/3.5 ISO80 10.09mm
"The Long Road to Winter"

Canon PowerShot SD750 1/60s f/2.8 ISO80 5.8mm
Top: I took this on a warm sunny Sunday afternoon in late October in a local park. In the background, out of focus is a hut made with bent tree limbs, and is really quite magnificent. Photos like this are my favorite kind to take because the colors create a warm feeling that lasts for the winter.
Bottom: This one spot in a park near me is my absolute favorite to photograph. The seemingly infinite path is so surreal that it looks great in any weather. I originally saturated it heavily, but then on a whim decided to desaturate it entirely. I forgot to uncheck the "Avoid saturating the skin tones" box in iPhoto and this is what it left me with. The lack of life in the leaves warns of the coming winter.
-Ian Taylor

Shot with a Yashica D, standard Yashikor lens, 400 film.

Shot with a Yashica D, standard Yashikor lens, 400 film.
Top: I was walking around the Getty Center because I love the gardens there, and I saw this little scene here and thought how great it would look in a photo. I tried to focus more on the leaves on the ground, (much like the lead photo, though that was unintentional) but that didn't really work. I still love the photo though.
Bottom: I was at the Getty and saw this row of beautiful trees. It was a crowded place, so I was sort of rushed and couldn't set the exposure and f-stop quite right. I ended up doing a pretty bad job of fixing that in Photoshop, but that gave it a cool look, I feel.
-Jackson Guze

For the picture of the tree, I woke up later than usual and the sun was shining on the tree in my backyard, and the pool was so still. I really liked the mirror effect. using a canon powershot a710IS on foliage mode. no post except some basic cropping in iphoto. for the walkway, I was on a field trip to Walden Pond in Massachusetts and was using my droid x's panorama mode. also just used basic cropping.
-Jamie Goldstein

Canon EOS450D with Sigma 17-70mm, ISO 200, 1/30s, F/3.5, focal length starting from 23mm up to about 60mm
This picture shows the view that a raindrop has just before it hits the ground in autumn.
I made it yesterday keeping in mind some of the previous Gizmodo challenges (velocity, different viewpoints).
The beautiful colours and clear edges of wet autumn leaves seem to be a very grateful subject for the velocity technique. I feel it really sucks the attention into the centre to give the eyes some rest.
-Jan DeDecker