Some Fall Leaf Still Life Images

Here are a few more Fall Leaf Still Life photos. These are how I found them, the way they fell naturally. I like looking for interesting leaf compositions, seeing different colors, textures and shapes and how they work with each other. I know we are now in Winter, but did not get a chance to post them before. All were shot with a Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS lens. Not the sharpest lens, but can focus fairly close-up and is 28% shorter than a normal 70-300mm lens. This was the 2nd DO lens from Canon. With the right post processing you can pull out quite a bit of detail.



Colors of Fall

Fall is moving on, getting colder every day. Most of the leaves are starting to become dull, but the Maple tree in the yard takes a while for the leaves to change color & really come down. This is a sign that Fall Color will be ending soon. Here is a series of colorful Maple leaf images when the Maple leaves started to come down in quantity with bright yellow colors. Starting with a wide view moving to a closer up composition. This helps visually to show the story of the Maple leaves in different views and compositions. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS, 1/125 sec @ f/11,  ISO 320.

Opening Photo @ 24mm , 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 125  – effective focal length with 1.3 crop camera body is 31.2mm

105mm, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 320  – effective focal length with 1.3 crop camera body is 136.5 mm

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~75mm, 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 320  – effective focal length with 1.3 crop camera body is 110.5 mm leaves_43G7837 v2

55mm, 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 320  – effective focal length with 1.3 crop camera body is 71.5 mm leaves_43G7821 v2

Walk in the Woods

I took a leisurely walk around the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ on Sunday looking for Fall Still Life images. I found a few I liked and also a few general interest Fall images as I was walking along the path. Here are some of what I found. I used my 1D MkIV with the Canon 70-300mm DO lens for the longer zoom range which comes in handy for a wider range of images, especially if you do not know what you will come across while on your walk. It also works well with extension tubes for closeup images when you come across them. The 70-300mm DO makes a great walk around lens especially with the Image Stabilization. I usually carry a 12mm & 20mm extension tubes with me, along with 12″ silver/gold collapsable reflector & 12″ diffuser for either reflecting light into a subject or for diffusing harsh sunlight.







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Fall Color – Metasequoia

This is one of my favorite trees on my property- the Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood). This is one of three species of Conifers known as Redwoods. Even though it is the smallest it can grow to 200 ft tall and up to 6 feet wide at the base. They are originally from China. In the fall, the leaves go from a green to an orange brown. But the fruit, a  Four-sided, box-like cone that hangs on long stalks are, round to cylindrical in shape, 1/2 to 1 inch long and start out as a solid green cone.. They mature in in the Summer and go to a  Brown color and open up with a spiral pattern. Then in the fall they change to Green in color. So they are like a reverse color scheme from Summertime going back to Green, but are open with the spiral. They are fun to photograph because of the colors and the depth of the cone. The Cones are a great challenge for a macro photo, a great subject for image stacking because of cylindrical spiral open rows. The trunk also has great texture and colors.









Fall Spider Web

Here is my last photo from my walk at the Celery Farm Natural Area on Monday. I saw this spider web as I was going over the small bridge on the way to my car. I only had my 150mm macro, but took a few shots to try to get something. The web was about 20 to 25 feet away. Here is an extreme crop, but I still liked it.

Happy First Day of Fall

Happy First Day of Fall. Can’t believe another Fall Season has come upon us. Cooler Days, Colorful Leaves and Wonderful Photographic Opportunities are coming here in the Northeast. Take advantage of the Fall to stock up with colorful landscapes, panoramas (both horizontal & vertical), leaf macros & closeups and skyscapes before the dull winter months. This gives me a stock of images to work on during the Winter months. I like to look for interesting leaf color combinations, trying different crops or processing techniques on the same image. So get out and have some fun capturing Fall in all of its colors.


Try Capturing a series of images from the same subject, trying wide to closer up. You can use this to help tell a story or just to see what image you like better for next time.

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For landscapes intermix verticals in with horizontal formats. See what works best for what you are seeing in your minds eye.  Also shoot a few different views or crops in the same area. Often a composition I liked best looking through the viewfinder, seems not to be the “best” once I am working on editing them on the computer.




Look for detail images when you are working on your landscapes. Helps show the area and what is happening in the landscapes.


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