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Take a Fall Photography Walk

Eclectic is a good word for the many interests of retired librarian, Virginia Allain. Crafts, gardening, genealogy, travel, and more...

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Snap Great Photos of Leaves and Autumn Scenes

A brisk autumn day with crackling leaves underfoot makes a wonderful time for a walk. Take along the camera and make it a fall photo walk. Having the camera with you makes you look at the scenery with new eyes.

Mentally you frame up that scene and look for the best angle or you focus in on a red leaf floating in a puddle from the recent rain. Photo walks increase your awareness of the beauty and interesting sights around you.

What are you waiting for? Grab the camera, go out for a photo walk and start taking some awesome autumn pictures. Here are my tips for getting the most from your fall photo walk.


This first big photo is one I took. I wanted to capture the play of sunlight on the multi-hued leaves of the maple tree. This is in East Wakefield, New Hampshire. The tree trunks serve to frame the drift of leaves.

Below are some examples of scenes and close ups of fall foliage taken by other photographers. See how dramatic a landscape can be or focus on just a single leaf.

Photographers Are Always Learning

Examine photos online to see what catches your eye and what makes a stunning photo. You want to train your eyes to look for angles, perspectives, colors to make your photos stand out from just being a snapshot.

Look at Many Photos to See What Appeals to You and to Train Your Eye

My Cameras

I always have my cell phone with me and use it the most, just because it's handy. Right now, I have a Galaxy S8.

I have a compact Canon FinePix JZ100/JZ110 which fits nicely in my pocket. When I'm feeling serious about taking pictures, I drape my Canon PowerShot SX20IS around my neck.

What Do You Take Photos With?

Look for Nuts and Berries to Photograph - on a fall photo walk

blackberries red and black

blackberries red and black

An acorn nestled next to a sycamore seed pod.

An acorn nestled next to a sycamore seed pod.

A trio of acorns.

A trio of acorns.

The first photo shows blackberries. For this shot, I set my digital camera on macro. That's usually a flower symbol in your settings. Get in close and hold the camera very, very still as you click the shutter.

Credit for These Photos

You will see most of the photos here that I took (labeled Virginia Allain or vallain)

I'm also showcasing some photos by other photographers that are on Zazzle products like mousepads and posters.

Vest for the Photographer

Stash All Your Camera Gear in a Photo Vest - Keep your hands free, but have all your lenses, extra batteries handy

I don't have one of these, but sure wish I did. Most women's slacks and shorts have limited pockets and most are shallow. While on a photo walk, I carry a plastic grocery bag (useful for kneeling on or to cover your camera if it starts to rain). It is smart to have extra batteries with you and a lens cloth for cleaning dust or water drops off the lens.

A vest like this gives you a place to stash all those accessories.

Tips for Taking Photos of Leaves in Water

I took this photo at Great East Lake in New Hampshire. For moving water like this, set the camera for a higher speed shutter (symbol of a moving person). As repeated small waves washed over the leaf, I took a series of photos trying to capture the ripples.


Chipmunk Photos That I Take in the Woods

Chipmunk climbing a tree.

Chipmunk climbing a tree.

These little creatures are so fast that it's a good idea to take as many pictures as you can as some won't be good. This shot is not as crisp as I'd like but I love his expression.

These little creatures are so fast that it's a good idea to take as many pictures as you can as some won't be good. This shot is not as crisp as I'd like but I love his expression.

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Capture Wildlife with Your Camera on Your Fall Photo Walk

I took these photos of the chipmunk and the squirrel with my Canon SX20is which has great zoom. I've put them on tote bags on Zazzle and other products like mousepads.

You'll want the camera set on the action setting.

Try to focus in on the animal's eye. Pictures of their rump as they run away from you are not the most exciting shots.

A red squirrel in New Hampshire.

A red squirrel in New Hampshire.

Non-Nature Photos to Take

You may not have access to the woods or a lake, but you can still take fall photos. Even in an urban area, there will be planters of chrysanthemums or some pumpkins.

Seasonal Decorations Make Good Photo Subjects - for a fall photo walk

scarecrow

scarecrow

Look for pumpkins, scarecrows and other fall decorations to photograph. These are colorful and fun.

Include people in your fall scenes. Capture them doing typical fall activities like raking leaves or carving a jack-o-lantern.

Photo of a Pumpkin Carver at Work

Pumpkin carver at the Sanford Maine fall festival.

Pumpkin carver at the Sanford Maine fall festival.

Learn from These Photographers - to take better autumn photos

I Use Many of My Photos on Zazzle Products

Here's an example of one of my fall photos with a border or text added on Zazzle. I like being able to add borders and text to my pictures for the Zazzle products like tote bags.

It is available on their site. This photo was taken in Massachussetts.

Look for Graveyards for Interesting Subjects

Available on Zazzle products.

Available on Zazzle products.

More about Photography - by Virginia Allain

I'm fortunate to have access to a lake. Maybe I can count this as my walk if I stroll to the lake. This photo was taken from a boat as the loons are pretty far from shore.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Virginia Allain

Are You a Photography Fanatic?

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 25, 2014:

You have taken some gorgeous photos Virginia. Thanks for sharing them with us along with your ideas and tips.

Melody Lassalle from California on October 21, 2014:

These sight of autumn are really beautiful. That last flower photo...I don't know how you captured it but it is amazing!

We are starting to see touches of fall here. The other day I was looking at the hydrangea as the light was coming through the bush in a way that made the leaves look lit up. The photos of the reddish brown leaves came out well. I was glad to have captured the moment.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on October 15, 2013:

@SusannaDuffy: Thank you. You are a boost to my ego!

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on October 15, 2013:

These photos are really, really, really beautiful

MariaMontgomery from Central Florida, USA on August 26, 2013:

Virginia, you have some gorgeous photos, and this is a beautiful lens, just like all your others. Well done.

PatrickHayes76 on August 25, 2013:

I have been a huge fan of photography for a long time time. I really like looking at pages like this for inspiration. Thank you for sharing!!

oddobjective on August 24, 2013:

Great photography. I love the idea of a photowalk. I am already planning one with my daughter as she is the best photographer in the family.

FrancesWrites on August 22, 2013:

Lovely images!

Mandeep K Grewal from San Lorenzo, Ca on August 22, 2013:

Love your photography. And great ideas to photograph in fall. Thanks for such a great information.

Barbara from USA on August 22, 2013:

I love your photos here, great lens!

Kristen from Wisconsin on August 22, 2013:

Gorgeous photos! I've just started dabbling in photography a bit and looking at these photos gets me even more excited!

CharMarie on August 21, 2013:

I love taking pictures, and your photos are a real inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 15, 2013:

@Shoputopian: A lot of it is luck and always having the camera with you.

Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on August 15, 2013:

There is some beautiful photos here I think my favorite has to be the butterfly. I tried taking photos the other day of two white butterflies with black tipped wings both sitting on the same white flower and none of them turned out. Guess I need more practice because yours are amazing.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 10, 2012:

@Gayle Dowell: A nice, crisp fall day makes a delightful time for walking.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on September 10, 2012:

I love going on nature walks, especially with my camera!

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on September 10, 2012:

I enjoy walks in the Fall with colorful leaves on the trees and fallen leaves on the ground. Love your photos.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 31, 2012:

@Margaret Schindel: Thank you for your kind comments and the blessing. Sure made me feel good.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on August 31, 2012:

I love looking at wonderful photos like yours! Thanks for another wonderful lens, Virginia. Blessed!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 28, 2012:

@Melissa Miotke: Looking at lots of photos and seeing what makes them work can help you become a better photographer. I think most people don't get close enough to their subject.

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 28, 2012:

I enjoy looking at photography however I'm not very good at taking pictures myself. Blessed!

mumsgather on August 26, 2012:

That's beautiful. We don't get to see the colors of fall here. Its just either sunny or raining. :)

Geeve on August 26, 2012:

Flew by on the Squid Angels' Bus and alighted briefly to leave some Angel Dust. Blessed. :)

BarbaraCasey on August 26, 2012:

My Panasonic Lumix does okay... but my next camera will have a better zoom function/lens. I love taking closeup shots, like many of yours above.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 25, 2012:

@AlleyCatLane: Once you get the photography bug, you'll take your camera everywhere. It's addictive.

AlleyCatLane on August 25, 2012:

Great ideas. I just got a new camera and have really gotten into photography. I think I'll take your ideas and run with it. Blessed!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 25, 2012:

@anonymous: That makes two of us (photography fanatics). I'm so glad you like my pictures.

anonymous on August 25, 2012:

I AM a photography fanatic! These fall photos are lovely.

productinfo on May 27, 2012:

I used to shot lots of nature photography. Fall is perfect time for it as nature is very colorful at that time of the year :)

Jeanette from Australia on February 27, 2012:

Oooh yes! Love it! And I love all your photos here. Beautiful.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 17, 2011:

I've always been a 'poor' photographer who really wants to improve. Someone recently said I should take my camera with me 'everywhere' and just practice. Your Fall Photography Walk sounds like the perfect thing to begin this new practice. Your photos are beautiful.

Congratulations on your Fall Harvest Monsterboard feature.

JoyfulReviewer on November 15, 2011:

Very nice photos ... you have a keen eye for capturing nature's beauty. Congratulations on your lens being featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on November 15, 2011:

Virginia, your photographs always amaze me. Beautiful shots, great composition, gorgeous colors...I just love them. Wish this was something I could do...but everything needs someone to appreciate it....so I'm an appreciator! Thanks for sharing such beautiful work.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on October 22, 2011:

@Spikey64: I use a Canon Powershot A550 on many of my walks as it's small enough to fit in my pocket. Lately I've gravitated more to my Canon Powershot SX20is. Heavier and not as easy to use for close-ups but wizard if I want to photograph chipmunks or other wildlife using the zoom.

Spikey64 on October 22, 2011:

I have just got interested in photography but I wish I had of years ago I find it fascinating. What camera did you use for your shots they are brilliant ?

anonymous on October 15, 2011:

I am, your photos brought a smile to my face, brings me to a different place in my mind, you got a 'thumbs up' indeed for this, keep adding to it, would love to return to your lens later.

anilsaini on October 15, 2011:

nice lens

nbrandt123 on October 13, 2011:

You have good talent! Enhance it and try to have more captures. Goodluck!