Autumn leaves

I have to blog more–most everyday.  That is my challenge.  I get bogged down with the affairs of life and don’t really do what I love.  I have to set priorities if I am ever to be successful.

I photographed some fall leaves just this week.  Our autumn season has been weird to say the least.  Some trees changed and dropped their leaves quickly while too many trees retain their leaves and we all wondered if they would keep them all year.  Alas, along came a wind and rain storm and some chilly temperature and the leaves turned quickly.  Shoot fast or forever hold your peace.  I took a few images all in the same spot–why should I move the leaves there were so gorgeous that there was no need to hunt further.

I have a goal of shooting cropped perfectly exposed(well—as close to perfect as I can get at this point)  images right out of the camera.  I want to minimize post processing.  I am taking more and more portrait sessions and need to keep the processing time limited to make the session profitable.  I decided I would provide mostly traditional style images for my clients with a collection of my  favorites which are artistically shot and processed images which may be more of the style for this season of photography.  I think the traditional images are timeless while the artistic style images are very beautiful and worth having for the moment but may become outdated as the styles of images change over the years–just like fashion styles change.  I think there is room for both the traditional style and the artistic textured, overlayed, special color effects style images.  The traditional will last for ever as a classic image while the artistic style will be a reminder of the times when the image was taken.

All of my leaf photos are cropped very little if at all–most not at all.  I pumped up the illumination of red, orange and yellow to make the leaves glow.  They have all been sharpened for the web.

Just natural color–I love back lighting–but the background gets blown out.

Red trees everywhere–catching some leaves hanging in the foreground to give depth to the image.

Be sure to look all around you when out shooting–beauty on the pavement–Looking up and including the amazing sky–a nice contrast against the fiery red leaves.

Piled up on the sidewalks.

I lovelovelove this shot–the beautiful rich green contrasted with the bright gold and red of the leaves.

Intense red and blue–so beautiful and frame to frame.

Here you can see the light reflected off of the yellow-green grass to illuminate the underside of the trees.  So beautiful!!

I want to be more involved in the industry–network with other photographer, learn from them, teach them and work with them.  I think that if you are to be successful–networking and sharing and helping one another is key.  I want to second shoot weddings to learn how to best handle the day–the time crunch, the complementing the main shooter, the necessary images, the handling of the bridal party, complementing and teaming with the other vendors all the facets of wedding photography. I am learning how to process in batches and keeping it to a minimum except for my favorites and artistic endeavors.  Pricing is always an issue–to charge the right amount for my skill level and expertise.


Thanks for stopping by.

About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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2 Responses to Autumn leaves

  1. Rachel says:

    Beautiful work! Love the fall colors; they really capture the season.

  2. What great advice! Keep post processing to a minimum if at all possible. I love your leaf pictures. It is hard to believe they will be departing shortly! Nice to visit : ) Good luck with your blogging goal. Sometimes I am so dedicated and then other times…well, life gets in the way : (

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