Shooting Fall Colours – part 2
Presented by Glenn Springer, TIF, RHCC

Fall is a spectacular season
Get out there and capture some images!

Obviously a fall shot but no coloured leaves in evidence! St. Nora Lake at dawn, on the beach at the Frost Centre.




Hawk Lake Log Chute. Shot during a fall mini-tour last year.A slow shutter speed was used to smooth out the water in the chute.


I may be wrong, but I figure almost everyone reading this is looking forward to shooting the spectacular fall colours up here in the Highlands! I wrote some thoughts and suggestions a few weeks ago, but it can’t hurt to read them again so you can take better advantage of this outrageous season. When people ask you why you live (or cottage) up here, just drag out your photo album and show them some jaw-dropping images!

So let’s just do this in point form, shall we? If you want an overview of techniques, go to my home page, click on eBooks/Fall Guide and download the 53 page booklet. It’s only $2.

Night shots are especially challenging. Here I shot a very long exposure (30 seconds) and used a flashlight to light the trees. Tricky, but fun!


• Blurry or out of focus shots will immediately go in the trash can. Read the previous articles on those subjects ( and click on “Tips”) or be diligent about how you take your pictures. Use a tripod if you can.

• Badly exposed pictures, ditto. Have your camera measure the light on your subject, not an average on the whole frame (unless you’re just shooting a broad landscape).


You definitely need a tripod when making long shutter exposures.
Try speeds ranging from ½ second or slower for fast flowing water





Not just pretty pictures of some leaves. A subject in the foreground tells a story.


• Have a subject in your picture. If all you’re shooting is colourful leaves, then your pictures are going to look like 1000 other ones out there. A dog, a kid, a friend in a colourful jacket, a canoe… that will help. The colours will be there, trust me!


At the Minden Wild Water Preserve.


Near Bancroft







• Don’t just shoot trees! Shoot reflections in the water, leaves on the forest floor, people having fun, a pile of leaves, naked trees… get creative!


A pine forest near Bancroft


At ColourFest in Haliburton Village a couple of years ago







It wasn't raining but the threatening skies made a dramatic picture! At the marina on Little Hawk Lake.



• Hope for rain. Just kidding, rain isn’t fun (but can give you some interesting pictures), but bright blue cloudless skies are boring. If that’s what you have, try to compose your pictures so no sky is included! By the way, a polarizing filter helps, if you have one.


Near lake Kashagawigamog in the pouring rain









• Shoot from different perspectives. Get high. Go low. Shoot on an angle. Shoot closeups. Turn your ordinary pictures into outstanding ones!


Get down close to the ground, especially with a wide angle lens


• Go out with other photographers. You learn from each other! I’ll be in Algonquin Park on September 28th, join me! Subscribe to my newsletter for details.


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