Today I was feeling on the lazy side so I decided to take my camera out for a walk in my neighbourhood. There is a creek near my home that I like to explore when I don’t have the time or energy to drive somewhere else. Even in such a small area I can find many things to photograph if I take the time to look them.
In the above photograph I wanted to only have a small area in focus – the yellow leaves of the tree. To get this effect I shot this at ƒ2.8 to get the shallow depth of field.
Crossing over to the other side of the creek I heard a very upset resident. Looking around I found a black squirrel high up in a tree scolding me for disturbing whatever it may have been up to.
Getting the Eye
It was not too impressed that I had entered its territory. I’m sure it was happy when I moved on. Just down from the squirrel I found a bush with these pretty pink buds. It’s late in the season but there is still life ready to burst open. I have no idea what kind of plant this is but its nice to find different colours than the normal fall colours one expects to see.
As I reached the turn off to head home I spotted some red maple leaves. I liked that they were not the perfect specimens but rather had some character to them.
Wandering around my neighbourhood reminds me that you can do photography just about anywhere if you open your mind to be creative. Sometimes focusing in on a small area that you can revisit over and over again allows you to find more things to photograph.
I had a lot more time this evening to explore Claireville for a good autumn shot. As I was chatting with my friend Nigel and angling my camera to take a photo of this wooden bridge with the sun shining through the trees this man and his dog came by. I happily snapped away as they walked by.
A Walk in the Park
It was the perfect opportunity to photograph them as they walked away into the sunset.
Hiking a little further in the park Nigel and I got up close and personal with some very tall grass.
When I loaded this photo into the computer it looked more of a painting rather than a photograph. There’s just something about it. When I photographed it I felt much the same way about the shot but I didn’t think it would come across the same way. Luckily it did!
Just driving along the back roads close to home you can find some great things to photograph, especially when the most photogenic season is here – Autumn!. Today I headed up to Caledon, near the Forks of the Credit Provinical Park, with my friend Nigel to photograph a twisty road lined with trees displaying their fall foliage.
Some think it’s a great road to ride their motorcycles on. I tend to agree although I’m stuck with just using a car. 😉
It’s not just the road that’s fun to photograph. Looking up towards the treetops is another fun angle to capture the fall colours.
My favourite spot of the day we found while driving home on a side road. There were these gorgeous orange-leaved trees lined up along an old fence making the perfect pathway.
I sometimes wish autumn would last longer. These gorgeous colours go away too fast and there’s never enough time to enjoy this great season.