Autumn for me is the most photogenic season of the year. An abundance of misty mornings, impressive (and early) sunsets, and wonderful colours in the trees and also the mix of orange and red leaves with the rich green moss on Dartmoor. Later you may see dewdrops on the undergrowth and the first frost as we move further into the season towards Winter.
The days are shorter and the light will be fleeting at times, but with a little planning and a careful eye on the forecast the results can be most rewarding.
Early Autumn will offer a light coating of colourful leaves. This works very well with the green velvet covered rocks around the rivers and woods on Dartmoor.
Look for woodlands with a variation of tree types for more colours. Different types of tree will change colour differently and at varying times, while others will maintain their full greenery all year, giving a wide range of colour throughout your scene.
Rivers and reservoirs are also great locations for the added bonus of reflections. Don't forget the ultimate Autumn tool, your Circular Polariser.
Side lighting combined with a polariser will add extra punch to Autumnal images. Rivers and reservoirs offer the chance of colourful reflections.
When shooting rivers go for flat light. Bright overcast days reduce shadows, add softer light and increase exposure times for blurring water.
Look for mossy rocks strewn with colourful leaves.
Woods, mist and rich colours are a match made in photography heaven. Look for misty valleys and use a long lens to compress perspective.
Look for close up details. Piles of logs, rocks covered in leaves.
Look for reflections and evening light
Don't forget to look up!
Mixtures of architecture and Autumn colours can be striking. A gateway is accentuated by the striking colours above.
The time of year can actually help as it makes getting up in time for the dawn light, and staying out for sunset, a far less arduous endeavor. These are the best times for photography at any time of year but, for November especially, this offers more impressive potential.
Morning mist is more common and this can help create a great atmosphere to your images as the sun rises through it. A long zoom lens can help to compress the landscape for even more dramatic shots. Sunsets can add even more warmth to the colours in the image.
The ‘golden hour’ refers to the half hour before and after daybreak and dusk when the sun lights up the sky and is often still hidden behind the horizon, giving a soft warm light and long shadows.
Low sun will offer long shadows and impressive side lighting.
Also look for back lit trees later in the day.