Tip 3: Scatter Leaves
Second Falls of Cedar Run, Shenandoah National Park, VA
Tripod-mounted K.B. Canham DLC45 view camera with 90mm f/4.5 Nikon Nikkor SW lens and polarizer; 8 sec at f/32 on Kodak Ektachrome 100VS film.
Autumn is one of my favorite times to shoot because it’s one of the few times I’m not completely at the mercy of the landscape and the light. As I hike along a trail, I like to gather fallen leaves, looking for the most colorful. When I arrive at my shooting location, I strategically scatter them in order to enhance the scene.
This works particularly well for waterfalls and streams (sprinkle rocks with color), and intimate still lifes (add a splash of leaves to a shot of bracken ferns). Just make sure that your scattering looks natural—too many leaves facing color-side up are a dead giveaway that the scene has been arranged.