Fall Camping with my wife and son in central Minnesota, near the St. Croix river. Woke up after the first night to a hard frost and the temp around 30 degrees! :)

Nikon D60
ISO: 200
Aperture: 3.5-4.5
-Matt Pederson

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, Philadelphia, PA. This is a panoramic shot done with a Fuji FinePix point-and-shoot camera, cropped in GIMP. The image is taken in 3 shots then automatically stitched by the camera, which explains why the boat in center foreground is the same boat seen on the right.
-Michael Kolar

ISO 1000, f/5.6, .04 sec., 75mm (x 1.6)
-Michael Pollock

These are two photos of one of my bonsai trees. This is an imported Korean hornbeam (Carpinus coreana) that I have been working on for the last few years. The tree was grown in Korea and imported to the US in the 80s. It is approximately 60 years old. I acquired it a few years ago and began improving it. It required major pruning to clean out the top of the tree. Cutting it back (and using wire to shape it) helped get better ramification (smaller and smaller branching). Root work improved what is known as the 'nebari' in Japanese; the root spread where the tree anchors itself to the ground. I repotted it into this wonderful American-made bonsai pot last March. It was selected for the 2nd U.S. National Bonsai show this Spring and thrived all year leading up to this Fall. Preparing a tree for a major show is planned well over a year in advance; this tree must have loved being pampered because it showed itself beautifully all year.


Fall color is still somewhat of a mystery even to plant scientists. Rainfall, sunlight and temperature all play a part. But the bottom line is I never know how much color a tree will have until the colors start to change. This year's colors were magnificent on this tree.

Both shots were taken outside with black fleece hanging off the outside wall of my house. I waited for good illumination with no direct sunlight to prevent hotspots and shadows. I shot the tree every day as the colors deepened hoping to catch the peak of the display. The second photo has a wonderful feeling of the inevitable change of the seasons. Leaves litter the soil and the last crimson color clings in a few spots. Time passes, colors change, Winter arrives.

ISO 400, f/6.3, .008 sec., 85mm (x 1.6)
-Michael Pollock

-Mike Fatovic

Both photographs are taken with the Canon Rebel XS. I was taking a walk in the park and just decided to take photos that day because the leaves were really pretty. The first is of an older gentleman taking a walk on his walker, which i named 'Last Days' because of both the leaves and the man. The second is on the same day of the same tree in the first photograph only, obviously, in a different perspective. :) I did a little touch of cropping and resizing on the website picnik.com.
-Nicole Gillis

This is actually my desktop picture right now. Both pictures in the diptych were taken with my Canon Digital Rebel XT with my EF-S 60mm Macro lens. The picture on the right was taken at f/4.5, 1/640, ISO 400 and the one on the left was taken at f/4.5, 1/320, ISO 400. The best part of autumn, for me, was always the shadows that leaves left on sidewalks after they've decayed, especially after rain. I call them leaf ghosts. I was lucky to find two leaves on the sidewalk right before they disintegrated completely. When I came home and uploaded the pictures I realized that the placement of the leaves right next to the crease in the sidewalk made them good candidates for a diptych.
-Nihar Bhattacharyya

I took this with my Canon Digital Rebel XT with my EF-S 60mm Macro lens (1/250 shutter, f/2.8 aperture, ISO 400). I was taking a walk along my neighbourhood in Montreal and I saw this leaf on the sidewalk. I love how it demonstrated the way that leaves change colour in clumps. I also thought that it was a nice contrast from the dreary cement behind it.
-Nihar Bhattacharyya

This was shot of my wife and niece in Leitchworth state park in upstate NY on a perfect fall day. I manually focused to get the front leaves in sharp focus and the girls and the background out. Slight levels adjust in photoshop. D90 35mm DX lens.
-Noah Harald

This was believe or not this was a random picture I spotted while driving to an appointment for work. As I was driving I noticed some nice land scape and foliage. With just the type of lighting I knew I can work with, and conditions.


I quickly spotted a parking spot and pulled right in for the shot. This happened to be in a nice and pretty busy town in New Jersey. I quickly opend my trunk and set up the tripod and setup for the shot. After words I returned from my appointment and ate lunch at my desk and browsed through Gizmodo.com. I check Gizmodo about 3-6 time a day too stay on top of things. As I was going through the site I saw the photo contest and was shocked of the perfect timing.

Equipment used for shot:
Canon T2i
Lens hood

F22, 1/5 ISO 100
Canon 24-70 L 2.8 USM
-Patryk Molczan

Taken in Sheffield Park, a National Trust park in the United Kingdom. The park is filled with all kinds of trees, and in autumn you get the magical reds, yellows and browns shown here. Taken on my Panasonic Lumix GH1 with 20mm pancake lense, f1./7.
-Paul Laycock

This shot was taken in Lincoln, MA at the beginning of October, as the leaves were first starting to turn. It was a windy day and I wanted to capture both the intensity of the color and the feeling of motion, so I stacked two ND filters on top of a circular polarizer and went with a very small aperture to get a nice, long exposure. I really like the dreamy feeling it created.

Tech Specs: f/22 for 2.5 seconds, 17mm (34mm full frame equivalent), ISO 200, Olympus E-620 with Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-f/4.0 lens, Hoya Circular Polarizer, Dolica .3 and .9 ND filters.
-Peter Lee

Fall colors reflected in the cranberry bog in Carlisle, MA. I used a polarizing filter to boost the colors, with a bit of extra help from Photoshop after the fact.


Tech specs: f/14, 0.4 sec, 12mm (24mm full frame equivalent), Olympus E-620 with Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-f/4.0 lens and Hoya circular polarizing filter.
-Peter Lee

Autumn walk in East Vancouver, BC. I have lived in the area of East Vancouver, and even though I have been taking pictures for years, have not recorded any good Autumn images of our neighbourhood. Thought this year I would do so as there are definitely a lot of old trees with lots of color and texture to capture just around the corner.


Camera - Canon 7D
Lens - EF 17-40mm f/4L
ISO - 200
Focal Length - 40mm
Aperture - f/4
Shutter Speed - 1/125-Robert Bennett

Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ100
Settings: 108mm, f/5.2, 1/1000s, ISO 100

I was testing out my new camera behind the in-law's house one brisk Washington fall afternoon. I managed to catch a leaf swaying from a spiderweb in the breeze giving it a free falling effect.
-Roderic Ponce

Lying in the Leaves, October 31st,
Camera: Samsung GX-1L, 18mm, 1/125, F6.7

Description: Lying the leaves after a long day's hike, the Penn Outdoors Club.
-Roman Shor

Delaware Water Gap, October 31st,
Camera: Samsung GX-1L, 18mm, 1/180, F11.

Description: This is a panorama created from 15 photos from the summit of Mt. Tammany on the NJ side of the gap. The Penn Outdoors Club did a day hike to the area to catch the last of the fall scenery.
-Roman Shor

I went to take some fall pictures, but the sky was grey and the light was - ugly. When looking through all the pictures from that day the picture of the lamp made on the last few meters before home was the only nice picture.


Picture taken with a Canon EOS 350, made two tonemappings with Luminance (Mantiuk, Fattal), blended these two in Gimp, corrected colours and contrast and added a slight tiltshift. Finally added 2 vignettes.
-Stefan Steinbauer

"Still hanging on": I'd just bought a new lens the weekend before and was looking all over for a good moment to catch. I was in my apartment after class one afternoon and I saw a branch out the window with just a single leaf still hanging on, so I reached for my camera and snapped a few pictures of it. I think this one shows it best against the autumnal colours of the leaves and red bricks in the background. Shot with a Canon 1000D, 200mm, ISO 800, 1/100 shutter.
-Stephen Coyle

Camera – Nexus One phone
Lens 4mm
ISO full auto

Was at the Dallas Texas Arboretum for their Fall Festival with my college age son and his girlfriend. We each enjoyed a bratwurst and a Spaten Oktoberfestbier and then walked up to the largest conglomeration of gourds I had ever seen. I whipped out my phone and pressed the gray circle.
-Terry Moore

Shooting Summary:
Camera Nikon D50
Shutter Speed 1/500 seconds
Lens Nikon Kit Lens Nikon AF NIKKOR 28-80 mm 1:3.3-5.6 G
Lens Aperture F/11
Distance 2.7 meters
No flash
Focal Length 50 mm
F-Number F/11
Exposure Time 1/500 seconds
ISO Speed ISO-200


Story Behind the Shot:
I was out on my afternoon walk around my office park. I noticed that leaves had started to change. I went back inside and grabbed the office camera and took some shots. Wish I had my Nikon D90 with me.

I started taking pictures of everything. Zoomed in, zoomed out, through the leaves, just the canopies and so on. This image was accidental. As you can see it's one of my, "through the leaves," shots. I don't like point the lens at the sun. However, when I reviewed my shots, I found it to be the most interesting shot of the bunch.

I tried a few more shots like this one, but couldn't get the wicked purple from them. Something about how I took it through the leaves caused those colors. I'm still trying to figure it out.
-Terry Otsubo

Both of these shots were taken in the Jardin de Luxembourg at about 8am. I had stayed up the night before trying desperately to get all my work done and in the end I didn't sleep so I decided to walk to the gardens and watch the sunrise. In the photo you can spot an early morning runner and one of the signature park chairs. Shot with a Panasonic Lumix FX07 28mm ISO 100.
-Thomas Finch

Date taken: 12th October 2010
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5G DX
Focal: 29mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter: 1/80s
ISO: 200
Story: This is natural bouquet of a fully used color palette. Some people told me: "how could you get back home after taking this shot, we'd rather stay at that place forever...".
-Tony Batal

Date taken: 12th October 2010
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5G DX
Focal: 18mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter: 1/320s
ISO: 200
Story: This photo is taken at the Botanical Garden in Montreal, QC (Canada). The serenity of the place, the beauty of colors, the little breeze of wind and the small ray of light coming from the trees on the right, made me feel complete. I tried my best to render those feelings in a picture as much as I can, to best describe the emotions at that moment...
-Tony Batal

This first photo was taken at Interstate State Park, St. Croix Falls, WI on 9.30.10
I had my dog with me during this photo shoot and had to stop to let him "take care of business". While stopped I leaned down on one knee and, without really looking too closely, shot this photo. It was by far my best shot of the day! My girlfriend claims to see the reflections of wood fairies in the water. Can you see them?
-Tracy Tomb

NikonD3000 with VR 55-200mm F/4-5.6G lens for both shots
Fall1 - ISO 400
Fall2 - ISO 200


This was taken along the Mississippi River in St Paul, MN on 10.09.10
The entire family was enjoying an unusually warm October day walking along the path starting at Summit Ave in St Paul and following the Mississippi River going south. Along with my youngest daughter I set out on a quest to find the most beautiful fall leaves along our path. I would say these definitely qualify!
-Tracy Tomb

I took this picture on a trip to Storm King Arts Center in Mountainville, NY on October 23, 2010.


I came across this area while riding along a bike path...the colors of the leaves with the bright blue background were amazing.

Canon Rebel T2i: Canon EF-S 10-22mm, f/9, 1/160 @ISO 100. The focal length was 13.0mm.
-Vincent Budhai

I took this picture on a trip to Storm King Arts Center in Mountainville, NY on October 23, 2010.


I was walking along a path and noticed this old, distressed wooden bench...and with the gorgeous background being lit by the setting sun, I had to try my best to take a picture and capture the moment.
-Vincent Budhai

Canon Rebel T2i: Canon EF-S 10-22mm, f/7.1, 1/100 @ISO 100. The focal length was 14.0mm.

I took this photo on the 10th of October in northern Vermont after driving three hours to make my former roommates wedding. Got out of my car in a field and took the photo again with my iPhone 4. Thats it.
-William Palin

I just took this photo about half an hour ago. It was at 4 O'clock in Somerville, MA. I cut out a disposable camera lens and attached it to my iPhone 4 with three yellow rubber bands. Thats it.
-William Palin