Fall Foliage Photography Tips

Early morning dew is seen on a leaf Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at the entrance to Woodford State Park in Woodford, Vt.
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Jeff Folger photographs fall foliage and provides commentary for Yankee magazine's Fall Foliage Web site, where readers from around the country ask questions about fall color and post stories about what they're seeing. Folger's pictures can be seen at www.vistaphotos.net. He offers these tips for amateur photographers trying to get good shots of autumn color in any region:
  • Don't discount overcast days for shooting. Cloudy days are great because colors are more saturated.
  • On sunny days, try lying on the ground, looking up through a tree with the sun coming through the leaves, and watch the colors explode as you shoot.
  • Try focusing on a single branch or one glorious leaf instead of trying to get a panoramic view of an entire valley or mountain range.
  • Try using an ordinary pair of blue sunglasses as a light filter by holding it in front of your camera lens to intensify the colors.