Monthly Archives: October 2019

“Birches at the Bend”

“Birches at the Bend”

“Autumn, the final brilliant show of the trees I have know all summer. Shine brightly, fill my senses, for I will miss you in the chill of winter and remember your beauty fondly.”
– Ed Lehming

It seems to me that the annual autumn show of colours was particularly bright this year. Birches competed with the beeches in their bright tones of yellow and orange. Even the light reflecting from the tree trunks seemed to glow with energy and life.

Here, the sun beams through the ever enlarging gaps in the canopy and bathes the ground with brilliance, catching the colourful leaves on the way. The leaves shiver and tremble in the gentle breeze that blow through the edge of the forest, bringing the whole scene to life .

Just looking at the photo brings back that moment, with it’s sounds, smells, and warmth. After a brief departure from my deliberate camera movement technique, I have found myself going back to what I love, creating art with light. Every image brings me joy as I reflect back on the time it was made, the slight movement reminding me that the forest is not a static thing, but rather, filled with life and energy, which shows through when I photograph this way.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 130 mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 400

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“Fire Within”

“Fire Within”

“Within the autumn forests, trees put on a final brilliant show of colours to brighten our days as the days shorten and sunlight fades”
–  Ed Lehming

Can you imagine an autumn without colour? An autumn where the days simply become darker and the leaves drop to the ground as dried green husks?

Thankfully, that is not the case and as days become shorter and the temperatures cool there is still the splendour of fall colours adding the illusion of warmth to otherwise dull and gray days. I can’t imagine it any other way.

Over the past many years, I have spent as much time as possible on the forest trails around my house. Every year seems to yield some new miracle of colour. This year has been no exception. Though I was tied up with my Studio Tour the bright, warm weekend when the colours were at their peak, I have since managed a few short outings to take in what remains, and have not been disappointed.

I faced many scenes like this one; mostly bare forest with incredible shows of dazzling oranges produced by the beech trees. In this case, the single beech among a grove of birch trees looked like a fire within their trunks and branches. The colour was so incredibly stunning that I was concerned it would not show in the photograph, but it did. I made the photo hoping to do the scene justice and when I looked at my phone, I knew I was successful. Yes, this photo was made using my iPhone and is pretty much untouched with the exception of a bit of sharpening and black point adjustment to maintain the contrast that makes it so stunning.

The nice thing about beech trees, which I have mentioned before, is that they retain their colour for much of the winter, offering bright patches of orange and copper in an otherwise bleak landscape.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/1000 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

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“Pause…” – North Walker Woods

“Pause...” - North Walker Woods

“There are time when we just need to ‘pause’, and in that time, we can be filled with the most beautiful of things.”
– Ed Lehming

As I took my own ‘pause’ at lunch today, I was greeted by this unexpectedly stunning scene as I rounded a corner. The real joy in this image is that this is likely to be the last day with mild weather for some time and the beech trees were in the midst of transitioning from their summer greens, through yellows, and finally, the lovely coppers that will remain through the winter.

The sunshine was magnificent and filled the forest with brilliant soft light, adding further  wonder to the scene.

I’ve said many times that I feel truly blessed to have these forest trails so close and accessible to me, especially after particularly stressful days, where even a brief walk in the woods helps me to relax. Today was no exception, so the title of the photo, “Pause…”, was pretty obvious for me. It really was a pause, and on hindsight, It seems the forest was taking a final, glorious breath, before it settles in for winter. As I headed home, clouds had rolled in and the air had more of a bite to it, as the temperatures dropped as well.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/250 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

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“Fairytale Forest” – Secord Forest, Uxbridge

“Fairytale Forest” - Secord Forest, Uxbridge

“The colours of Autumn turn the world into a wonderland of colour, sound, and scent. There are times when I feel that I have left reality and entered the land of fables.”
– Ed Lehming

As I beheld the scene before me I was filled with an absolute sense of awe. The mid-afternoon sunlight filled the forest with a soft and wondrous display of light and colour. I literally felt like I have stepped into a magical painting and the world fell away around me. Only this place existed.

Such is the nature of many autumn forest scenes. They seem unreal. Where only a few weeks ago the forest was lush and green, much of the canopy has fallen away revealing stunning colours, filled with light and energy. Those who spend time in the forests and on the trails will know the feelings this evokes.

It hit me even more this time, as I only had a short time to be in the woods. My day was filled largely with outdoors tasks that had to be done before the frost and snow come to my area, so I was able to carve out a little space in the day to drive to one of my favourite trails in hopes of a few photos before the wind and rain forecast would end the show for another season. As you can see, I was not disappointed, even within a very short hike, the forest offered up its gift to me, and I was a willing recipient.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/730 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

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“Bright October Day”

“Bright October Day”

“Slowly and subtly , the colours of the world shifted. The bright greens of summer transformed to gold and copper, as the autumn breeze rustled in the tree tops high above. The warm glooming of the summer forest filled with a soft light that brought vigour to my spirit as I partook in the forest freshness.”
– Ed Lehming

I truly love autumn. Though it’s a time when the forest begins preparations for it’s winter slumber the freshness of the air, the smell of the leaves, and the bright colours are like a final feast for my senses.

Proximity to the local forests is a true benefit for me. After, or during a long day of work, even a few moments in the forest refreshes me and I’m grateful that I have the ability to bring some of those sensations back with me through my photography. Even after long pauses, a few minutes on the trails bring all my senses to life and inspires me to create.

Though the change is only just beginning and colours are not near peak, it was a delight to bask in the colours that were starting to show. With the canopy thinned, even slightly, light once more makes its way to the forest floor and everything seems to glow with life. I’m looking forward to more time in this place and hoping to bring back new autumn memories with the images I make.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 90 mm
1/4 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

For more images like this, please visit my website (images are available for purchase)
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