Binghamton Foliage – 2009

The Fall/Autumn is a wonderful time of the year to see the colors of nature in and around the foliage areas such as north east US. We can witness several amazing colors among those trees changing day-by-day. As a fact these colors can be found only few weeks during October. To talk about the subject, everything that is colorful becomes a subject. A tree with its beautiful mixed colr unto itself is a subject. leaves are beautiful to see the details of the color. The landscape of the foliage is marvelous to find several brilliant colors.

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Red Leaves (55mm, 400 ISO, F/8, 1/30 sec)

Where?
Binghamton, New York, is surrounded by several mountains and valleys. It is one of the best place to enjoy the fall season with beautiful colored trees. There are several places one could visit such as Binghamton University Nature preserve, Susquehanna River, Cole Park and etc. I choose to visit the Binghamton University Nature Preserve because it has several trials to choose from. I happen to choose the pond’s trial because it had a beautiful pond overlooking a mountain full of colored trees.

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Pond Landscape (70mm, 400 ISO, F/8, 1/45 sec)

Concepts and Techniques to shoot Foliage

Lighting
I was there up in the morning between 7:00 to 9:00 am, unfortunately  it was a cloudy day. To my luck the clouds started to roll out for the last few minutes to give some good lighting. Because of no sunlight I was unable to try backlighting or side lighting but took the advantage of soft ambient and overcast light that was formed due to clouds. As per the advice from canon tips these forms of lighting are diffused, or non-directional, and will produce shadowless subjects and render colors in soft pastel shades.

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Standing with Pride Yellow Trees (18mm, 400 ISO, F/11, 1/45 sec)

Exposure
Some of the basic exposure techniques were employed to achieve the results here
1. Move Closer and fill the frame
2. Use longest focal length on the zoom lens (most of my photos here are shoot at f/9 or greater)
3. Used ISO between 200 – 400
4. Sometimes used longer shutter speed as I increased the focal length
5. 50mm f/1.8 used for closeup depth of field photos so that the background is completely out of focus

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Green-n-Red (93mm, 400 ISO, F/8, 1/20 sec)

Composition
I did not focus a lot on the composition except leading lines and little bit of landscape photography. Getting up low, point to the tall trees, frame a piece, getting up high. I used 50mm f/1.8, and 70-200 mm F/4 IS lens on my Canon T1i.
Fall is a great opportunity to shoot these colorful photos. I hope you like these photos. Visit my flickr to see more photos.

Pink DropletsPink Droplets (50mm, ISO 320, F/5.6, 1/60 sec)