Every autumn has a few days of so-called "peak" color in places with deciduous tress of certain species (Maple, Beech, Hickory, Oak and others). Some years are better than others, at least from a photographic perspective ... generally, I'd say, for sightseers/tourists, nature/outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and others, the quality and intensity of fall foliage is not a critical issue.
But it is for me.
Autumn in the deep woods and snow in those same deep woods are my two favorite photographic subjects; six inches of new snow on a deer path or, beech trees in the same frame with sugar maples against a deep blue sky with a few cumulus clouds ... heaven on earth!
It's too early for snow, and, sorry to say ... this year's predicted (Northeastern Pennsylvania) "peak days" for fall foliage colors ... not as intense as in previous years. So, this year I went for the textures that always seem more prevalent and pronounced in autumn woods, taking as many shots as I could using apertures like f-22 and even f-25, these to give me corner to corner sharpness and emphasis of textures. And as always, I used a tripod ... particularly important because small apertures require longer/slower shutter speeds.
Not to say there weren't any good colors out there (in the past two days) ... there were some; but in the absence of bright sunlight on that first predicted "peak" day, an overcast, dreary day, textures played a vitally important roll as a foil to the foliage.
Foil ... something that contrasts with and so emphasizes and enhances the qualities of another.
So ... this article will consist of fall foliage/forest images taken under overcast skies. FALL/FOLIAGE/FOIL/FOTOS ...
Yeah ... that works.
Hey ... enjoy the fall ... textures.
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NOTE: The second "peak" day was sunny with blue skies ... that will be my next post.