Shooting Challenge: Fall Leaves

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It’s become an annual tradition. Every year in autumn, we ask you to send us your best photo of the foliage. It can be taken this week, or any time in 2015.


The Challenge

Take a photograph of the leaves of fall. I know, I know, for some it’s already over! And that’s OK. Any one photo you took this season can be submitted.

The Method

As I’ve said before, the blue skies and orange leaves of fall are naturally complementary colors. And the browns, maroons, and yellows of the leaves are nature’s most amazing color palette. That said, I still love this tutorial on Photojojo for those who’d like to think about polarizing filters and f-stops, as well as other techniques that might improve your image.

The Example

Our lead shot is 2013’s winner, taken by Levi Basist in South Korea. What a gorgeous rainbow, depicted in the colors of fall.


The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They’re so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken this season.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, October 26th at 10AM Eastern to with “Fall” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameFall.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameFallWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!


Pistol Whipped Cream

I’ll be sitting this one out guys, i live in Phoenix.