Photographing Fall Colors

Autumn on Our Doorstep

Photographing Fall Colors

At 61° north, autumn does not creep in on little cat feet, it thunders in like a bull moose in rut…and for a brief moment, the landscape explodes in crimson and gold. Photographing fall colors in Alaska is a short season. While photographers at lower latitudes enjoy the luxury of many weeks to capture fall scenes, those of us in Alaska have to get out and get it while we can – before one stiff gust of October blows it all away. Serious Alaskan landscape photographers become pretty proficient in making the most of this transient season. Following are a few ways we do it:

Autumn On Our Doorstep - Photographing Fall Colors

Look Up

Powerful compositions can be made simply by shooting wide angle from below, which is an unusual and captivating perspective.

1/13 sec at f/22, ISO 100, 22mm (on tripod)

Autumn On Our Doorstep - Photographing Fall Colors

Get Close

Don’t fear cropping in tight. Beauty is often found in the details – like these dew drops on golden leaves.

1/640 sec at f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm

Autumn On Our Doorstep - Photographing Fall Colors

Get REALLY Close

Use a macro lens to bring attention to fine detail, such as the transition in color from green to red on these fireweed leaves.

1/125 sec at f/6.3, ISO 400, 100mm (macro lens)

Autumn On Our Doorstep - Photographing Fall Colors

Go High

Photographing fall colors from above on a clear fall day can be stunning.

1/500 sec at f/4.0, ISO 800, 70mm

Autumn On Our Doorstep - Photographing Fall Colors

Shoot Little Landscapes

Look for a tapestry of colors in ground cover, especially on overcast days when the light is diffused.

1/50 sec at f/11, ISO 400, 21 mm

Autumn On Our Doorstep - Photographing Fall Colors

Shoot Big Landscapes

When clouds are interesting, work them into the composition. Leading lines, such as the trail in this photo are always a great way to lead the viewer’s eye through the scene.

1/50 sec at f/13, ISO 50, 16mm

Autumn On Our Doorstep - Photographing Fall Colors

Go Slow

Slow shutter autumn scenes are fun to shoot and even more fun to share.

30 sec at f/10, ISO 100, 52mm

 

Learn more about autumn and winter shooting, with a possible touch of northern lights on the Twilight Photo Tour and Anchorage Aurora Quest.

By | 2017-01-19T22:02:31+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Photography Tours and Workshops|0 Comments

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