These warm colours combined with the beautiful quality of light, rendered by the slightly lower angle of the sun, produces a myriad of opportunities for you as the camera owner whether using a smartphone or a DSLR.
These colours in your final picture are important so whatever capture device you’re using it’s worth thinking about whether your white balance is set correctly.
But it’s not all about coloured leaves; autumn provides us with the first heavy dews and frosts which make the spiders’ webs visible, showing off the magnificent, complex, patterns which we normally pass by without comment and the frosty ice crystals that coat the grass and leaves.
By moving around your subject you change how the light reflects off the spider’s web and ice crystals and by choosing a darker area of background helps increase the contrast.
The morning mists hovering above the ground and shrouding hedges and trees as though they were cloaked in a mysterious magical clouds.
When working in low light a tripod’s a great idea so you can shoot with a slower shutter speed and keep plenty of depth of field.
Fruits and seeds in the hedgerows and trees add to the spectacular array of rich colour, acorns turning from green to brown, spiky green horse-chestnut cases falling to the ground bursting to reveal the rich contrast of the magnificent brown conkers.
Fruit nuts and seeds lend themselves to close-up photos so get in close with your camera, ideally using a macro lens and capture the detail of your subject – not to close though or you won’t focus.
High above, apples cling to the branches with their red, yellow and green striped skins and those that have fallen lay on the green grass turning brown as they begin to rot.
You can always change your viewpoint get low to the ground, or climb on something to get a higher angle.
In the hedges rosehips and haws mix with the dark skinned sloes and the remaining blackberries, some hidden deep in the foliage, if it’s too dark use a reflector or maybe some bounced flash to get the light in the right place.
Your photographs will preserve these moments for ever, so regardless of what the weather is doing remember to carry your camera, smartphone or whatever device you choose to use to capture pictures and make a record of this most colourful season and don’t forget to make some prints to hang on the wall to brighten the dark days of Winter still to come.
To capture nature at her best, the opportunities offered by Autumn are hard to beat.