Seasonal Inspiration: Autumn

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Different seasons offer many opportunities to photograph the world around you, but my favorite time of year both personally and photographically is autumn!  Something about a chill in the morning air, the colors of the leaves and even the misty fog that is prevalent this time of year makes for some truly breathtaking scenes.

Perhaps one of my favorite images I’ve ever seen from Autumn comes from some of the footage from a movie in the 80’s called The Dead Poet’s Society.  There’s a scene with a bagpiper playing his end of the day tune as birds take to the air, and the notes float across the lake.  The footage comes from Vermont, at a boy’s prep school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find scenes worthy of a shutter click in your own neck of the woods.

Time is drawing nigh for photo gathering too as the autumnal equinox just happened on Sunday.  The day marks the time of year when the equator of the Earth aligns with the center of the sun.  In the Spring, the tilt is toward the sun and in the fall, the Earth tilts away from the sun.  Both the spring and fall solstice (another term for the equinox) events indicate 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.  From this point forward (until Spring anyway), the days will start getting shorter and the nights start getting longer.  This means sunset will happen earlier and earlier every day.

As we get less light, a chemical reaction happens in the leaves of trees, causing the chlorophyll to break down.  The chillier air also has an impact on some varieties of trees.  The best trees (in my opinion) to shoot for fall foliage are Maple trees, beech, dogwoods, and Hickory because the leaf colors are the bright orange and red ones that contrast very nicely against the still blue skies (when it’s not raining).

Here’s some sample shots from my own repertoire to give you some inspiration.  For this year, I am going to try and visit the Amish country of Ohio around the Hocking Hills area.  Other options include Chataqua NY (there’s an awesome lake there that would be quite idyllic!).  What plans do you have for shooting Fall foliage?  Any places you’ve been to where you’ve gotten nice results?  Sound off in the comments with your own fall foliage itineraries!

Hardware Review Case Logic SLDC-203

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It’s been a while I know – been working a lot, and my various photo projects have been working their way through my weekends.  Some are more complex than others, but in the interests of keeping your interest, here’s another hardware review (we can never own enough bags, right?) of the Case Logic SLDC-203 – great for that point and shoot (such as the G12 I own), or your own video camera.  It can hold…well, rather than read it, check out the two minute video with a neat surprise toward the end:

So, who wants to win a bag?  It’s pretty easy – if you watched the video, you know what to do!  If you want the rest of the review, here you go:

Pros

  1. I also liked how the size was considered to include both a camera and its normal accessories, including an accessory lens if desired.  In this bag I could fit my camera, an add on flash, batteries, memory cards, and my iPhone or even a charging cable in the back zippered side.
  2. The rubberized bottom was a nice added feature to prevent condensation or moisture from wicking through the fabric.  Too bad this isn’t in the SLR level bags…
  3. The price is right – B&H has it for $22!  You can also order it from Case Logic direct here.

Cons:

  1. While I listed the size as a pro, it’s also a con – you will not be able to fit much else in here.  This of course is always dependent on your needs, but I have the Think Tank Weekender for  bigger stuff.  Definitely not for an iPad or anything of any substantial size though as this is primarily intended to be a small bag for porting around a small amount of gear.  So, a con when doing a hardware review for someone with lots of gear, but a pro if you’re looking to pack light and shoot on the fly!

Printing Photos on Wood, The Video

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Last week guest author Olli Randall shared a printing technique where you apply acrylic gel to wood, then apply a laser printed picture to it, and you can get some surprisingly pleasant results.  On the heels of that post, I was inspired to try it myself.  I learned a few more pitfalls and challenges to overcome, and the camera was rolling!  Check it out below!

More video details to come, along with some additional guest posts later this month.  Enjoy the video, and don’t forget, the 49 Photo Tips Bundle will be retired at the end of the year, so if you haven’t checked out the bundle, nows your chance to get 98 photo tips in a double ebook for only $10!’

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