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Autumn A Splash of Color

Autumn A Splash of Color is a stunning time of the year for not just photographers, but for most. The reason for this is the splash of color that Autumn presents itself to us. It’s one of those seasons that is our favorite by far and yet, this is the shortest of all of the seasons when the color is there to photograph.

You have summer on one end that is squeezing from one direction and then there is winter pushing from the other side. Recently Vicki and myself spent three weeks at Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens in Adelaide South Australia and it was such a rewarding time.

Photographing Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens was such a thrill. There is something special  when walking between the autumn leaves.

When photographing the autumn leaves, there is one thing that we do all the time and it is something that we teach in our workshops  and that is, shoot knowing that you are going to crop the image.

If you can visulise your shot before you actually take the picture then you are one step ahead of most people. We encourage our quests to be able to visualize the shot before you actually take it. To have the ability  to be able to see the shot that you are going to take knowing that you are going to crop it.

The above image was taken on our Canon 6D amrk1. The lens that was used here was the 16-35 2.8 lens, mark 1. This image has been cropped . F stop f11. We love the 16.35mm 2.8 lens, it is our favourite lens by far and we always take images with this lens knowing that we are going to crop it.

The other lens that we love working is the 70-200mmf4 lens. We love using this lens with the autumn leaves as this compresses the shot and this enables us to use a shallow depth of field where you blur the background and therefore you are drawn to the main subject.Below is an example of that.

When photographing the leaves, we also tend to look for some awesome little insects that are going about there daily business and below is a photo that shows that. This was taken with the 70-200mm and the shot has been compressed.

Autumn a Splash of color also provides you with a contrast of color and the image below shows this and this was taken on the 16-35mm 2.8. This is the same shot as above but the image was taken on a different lens, this gives you a totally different perspective on it.Here we have come in as close as we can so the leaves stand out more with the perspective that this lens does.

It’s not just the obvious that stands out that you can photography but there is another dimension to autumn, a splash of color and below are two picture that gives you a clue .When I return, I’ll talk about that.

To be continued..

Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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