This Saturday my brother and I went to the workshop ‘Herfstsferen’ (or ‘Autumn atmosphere’) by Johan ‘Schoffie’ van der Wielen in the forrest near Amerongen. We started the workshop with a theoretical part focussing on all kinds of techniques and elements contributing to the atmosphere in Autumn photography. After this part we went and put the new knowledge into practice in the near forrest.
This photo shows the typical autumn image: a beautiful tarnished leaf stuck on a tree. I’ve tried to accentuate the contrast in colours between the leaf and the tree trunk. The photograph is shot with an exposure of 1/3 sec at f/8 and therefore I had to use my tripod. For this close-up I used my lovely Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens.
This photographs gives us Autumn and speed. what I like about this photograph are colour contrasts around the different leaves and the imagination of speed by a special zoom technique. One of the techniques learned during the workshop is the use of zooming during the (long) exposure of the photo. To achieve a long exposure I reduced the ISO value to 50 and narrowd the aperture to f/22. This gave an exposure of 1,6 seconds, enough time to zoom from 17mm to 40mm using the Canon EF 17-40mm L f/4 USM wide angle lens.
Autumn brings dazzling colours to the sensor and is one of the most beautiful seasons for photographers.