Day 308 – The colours of Autumn

A misty day and I would have thought it was an awful day to take photos – but now I understand so much more about light … I have realised that today was an amazing day to take photos … the mist adds atmosphere, acts as a giant soft box and really brings out the autumn colours – yes the sky is white and bland… but who needs to include lots of sky.

Forest Pony - ISO640, F13, 1/30sec
Forest Pony – ISO640, F13, 1/30sec

I took a few shots of the New Forest ponies enjoy the forest stream – and this was the best of a bad bunch. I was not paying enough attention to my shutter speed and 1/30sec was not really fast enough to cope with any movement the pony made. I had not considered that the water was adding light to the image and if I had pushed the ISO up to around 1000, I would have got sharper ponies.

Waiting Walkers - ISO400, F9, 1/50sec
Waiting Walkers – ISO400, F9, 1/50sec

The car park – I have included this as there were a group of walkers waiting to set off, and it helps with the scale of the woodland … this is part of the New Forest known as the Tall Tree Trail, where the tallest trees in the New Forest grow and with a number of marked routes is a great place for forest visitors to start exploring.

Autumn Trees, ISO1000, F9, 1/50sec
Autumn Trees, ISO1000, F9, 1/50sec

The mist creates a perfect backdrop as it merges with the trees beyond ans as light into the photographs helping to draw out the vibrant colours of autumn.

Autumn Walk - F6.3, 1/320sec, ISO1250
Autumn Walk – F6.3, 1/320sec, ISO1250
Through the trees, ISO320, F6.3, 1/60sec
Through the trees, ISO320, F6.3, 1/60sec

A slice through the trees – I think the pattern the trunks make with the autumn leaves in the foreground makes a dynamic piece – i could easily imagine that printed and hung on a wall, adding colour to a quiet space.

Vibrant Leaves, ISO100, F7.1, 1/60sec
Vibrant Leaves, ISO100, F7.1, 1/60sec

I used a wide aperture, shallow depth of field to capture the colour in the foreground and lead you through the trees,

Autumn Walk - F6.3, 1/320sec, ISO1250
Autumn Walk – F6.3, 1/320sec, ISO1250

The images above and below were taken in the Aboretum – this is a unique area of woodland within the New Forest with a mile long circular trail, and is a great place to capture a whole variety of autumn colours.

Autumn - ISO1250, 1/800sec, F6.3
Autumn – ISO1250, 1/800sec, F6.3
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