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The Seasons: Autumn

I’m not a big fan of Autumn. In fact it’s probably my least favourite season. The nights drawing in, falling temperatures and the premature launch of the festive season, all providing good cause to mark down the latter months of the year.

However, Autumn does have one redeeming feature. It is the most colourful of seasons. The splendid reds and maroons, the vibrant yellows and orange, the vivid greens. On a clear day, these colours contrast beautifully with with grass greens and sky blues.

Early Autumn is the best time to photograph the season, before the wind blows the leaves from the trees and the rain turns them to mulch. This is when the shortening days cause chlorophyl levels to decrease and pigments such as cartenoids and anthocyanins are revealed.

The intensity of colour is related to the weather leading up to and during the Autumn. This can effect the chemical processes that take place as the trees prepare to shed their leaves.

When capturing Autumn colours I like to use a polarising filter. This reduces reflections in the leaves and really brings out the blue skies, especially at steep angles, without oversaturating the image. The effect can be especially pronounced in uncomplicated pictures.

Choosing the right setting for white balance also brings out the colours. The default setting for most digital cameras is to automatically detect the white balance, but this can be overridden by choosing one of a number of presets for such situations as sunlight, cloud, tungsten lighting and fluorescent lighting.

Autumn colours often appear at their best when photographed during the golden hour – the hour before sunset or after sunrise, when the sun is at it’s lowest. This produces a warm glow that brings out the greens especially. Manually overriding auto white balance is a must at this time as the automatic setting will try and compensate for the colour cast generated by the low sun.

Winnats Pass

I took this picture of Winnats Pass in The Peak District whilst holidaying there last year.

I was careful with both my timing and choice of angle so as to hide the fact that there’s actually a road running through it.

Tollesbury Sail Lofts

The Essex coast offers the photographer a wealth of opportunities and Tollesbury is certainly no exception.

Situated on the salt marshes at the mouth of the River Blackwater, there is a large sailing community here, the village having gained a reputation as a yachting centre in the early 20th century.

These sail lofts were built around the turn of the century and served large yachts owned by wealthy Edwardians, who would sail them down to the Mediterranean skippered by local seafarers.

Thaxted

Thaxted is a beautiful village typical of those found in Suffolk and North Essex. There are some notable old buildings including the 15th century Guildhall and Dick Turpin’s cottage.

Thaxted Church

This photo shows Thaxted Church, built between 1340 and 1510 and noted for it’s flying-buttressed spire. It stands on a hill overlooking the village and is sometimes referred to as The Cathedral of Essex.

I love the way the colours compliment each other in this shot, the blue sky, the green grass and the orange of the almshouses in the foreground.

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