We are entering the early fall color period when there is plenty of green mixed in with fall foliage. I love this stage of fall color because it offers so many creative choices. The picture below is one of my favorite early fall color landscapes. I think the date on it was October 10 a couple of years back. I think the variety of colors really adds a lot and draws you in. That is the essence of early fall color landscapes. This is where we are at right now and it is changing every day.
|Early Fall Color Landscape -- Buffalo River at Ponca Access|
This year think about playing with light in unconventional ways. This was taken late in the day as the sun was setting. I think it adds something to see long tonal scales in the bluffs that are often rendered flat. The dark tones on the left and right create a natural frame that leads your eye around the photo. Shadows also create a vanishing point on the lower right. To me, this landscape is emotional.
When doing your compos, think of how a painter would approach this subject. You can bet it would be much more than "point and shoot".