Tag Archives: Fall Colors

Fall Wonder #9

“Red, White, and Green … the Natural Colors of Western Washington”

When you see RED, SHOOT.  This little advice from John Barclay sticks in my mind.  Fall has a multitude of color contrasts.  A red maple leaf always catches my eye.  I saw “Greeting Card” written all over this image when I snapped the shutter.

A fallen red leaf
nestles into a bed of green,
getting ready for a long winter’s sleep

Fall Wonder #6

Grey Alder & Vine Maple, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA

Simple subject, glorious color.  What a treat it was to visit Bloedel on a beautiful sunny fall day. Reds, oranges, and yellows were scattered against brilliant greens.  The grey-white bark of alders stood out among the color.  There was just too much to photograph.  I am already planning on a future trip.

Fall Wonder #4

Yakima River Canyon

The Yakima River Canyon is always a great photographic opportunity. During the fall it is especially so.  The bright oranges pop out from the brown surrounding hills.  They accent the blues in the river and sky.  The canyon displays different scenes throughout the day.  The morning sun highlights the western bank.  The afternoon sun highlights the eastern bank.  A great day is to drive north through the canyon in the morning, enjoy the shops and galleries and have lunch in Ellensburg, then drive back south through the canyon in late afternoon,. (A Yakima valley perspective.)

Fall Wonder #3

Yakima Area Arboretum

I find that most of my images focus on details and small vignettes.  As I try to portray the larger grand landscape, I tend to fall short..  But I still keep trying.  This scene set itself up for me:  an interesting foreground, a reflective mid ground, and a colorful background that helped frame the image.

The Yakima Area Arboretum is a beautiful place to be on a fall morning.

Playing With Fall Colors

Washington Arboretum, Seattle

I constantly look over my previous images to review how I have achieved a certain look so I can improve on it.  Today I was reviewing my images for examples of pulling a viewer into the frame through the illusion of depth.  Well, this image has nothing to do with that, but it still caught my eye.

The image is a double exposure of a couple of maples in their fall glory.  They had strong dark branches with the leaves receiving side lighting.  I was in a light playful mood, so I tried a double exposure.  I like the way it came out.