The changing of the seasons begins on September 22nd as summer relinquishes
to autumn. Autumn just happens to be my favorite of all the seasons, which
seems a paradox because I am definitely a summer person. I love the long hot
days and warm summer nights. However, as autumn approaches and nature begins to
slow down preparing for winter's slumber, I feel a sense of excitement in the
air. Perhaps I’m taken back to my college days when fall’s arrival meant new
beginnings and adventures.
Now that my academic years have long since
departed, autumn’s transition has taken on a whole different meaning to me. The
abundance of color and more subtle lighting in autumn stirs me to spend as much
time as possible photographing nature in its splendor.
When I am out looking
for scenes in autumn, I go at a leisurely pace and get caught up in the moment.
Maybe it’s because the days are cooler but most importantly, I believe it is due
to the change of colors in the landscape.
The predominant colors of autumn,
the reds, yellows and oranges are next to each other on the color wheel. Unlike
the vibrant contrasting colors of summer that are direct opposites but
complimentary, the analogous colors of autumn create a soothing, harmonious
This beautiful array of harmonious colors is often so short in
duration and then followed by the dullness of winter. It’s like the finale of a
grand performance where you are overcome with emotions, wanting more. And the
intensity of that moment remains long after the final curtain is
an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been. I love
it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get
treated to new experiences.
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Photography places me in the moment where I can share that
moment in time. It becomes a life story as represented by my
interaction with the scene. The happiness and beauty or the sorrow and
strife; how I focus leaves a lasting impression that might touch the
viewer on a spiritual level.
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