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on Oct 7, 2020 in Landscape Photography

Fall Color – Front or back Light?

Sebago Lake
captured by Z7 / Z24-200 @24mm

With fall color working its way through the season, questions on what is the right way to photograph them pop up. There is no right or wrong but perhaps better or worse based on what you want to say about them. One very simple way is to change up the light. Above is a backlit scene just seconds before the sun raced around the globe.

Sebago Lake
captured by Z7 / Z24-200 @20mm

Then turning around there was this tree frontlit. The drama in the color in both photos comes from the darkness or black around them. Backlit, it’s easy to get this darkness. Frontlit, you might need to underexpose which at the same time, saturates the color. In both, the actual fall color doesn’t not fill the frame, in fact, the opposite. This permits the imagination to fill in some of the holes. Our imagination is a powerful tool to tap into your photos, another great attribute of black. Just something to ponder when you’re out in the woods this fall capturing your fall color.

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