I’ve had some hard luck with Fall Colors in 2013. Both available weekends to shoot them at my usual locations were cloudy and rainy. So I tried to salvage something out of it by doing some local stuff.
While at lunch from work, I went to the Lions Loon Creek Park in Coon Rapids; same spot as the Snow Shots from April 23 (one of my most popular pages this year). The results fell a little flat, but here are a few anyway.
The music for this page is “Madonna” , her self-titled debut CD from 1983. In my opinion, it’s pretty darned hard to find a better Pop song than “Borderline”…like her, love her or hate her, Madonna’s abilities in the Pop music world are undeniably superb.
Standard tree shot. Good yellow leaves. I searched for some reds but found none.
Along the creek I saw this. It almost looks desert-like, doesn’t it? As usual, I can count on my Nikon D5000 to deliver a contrasty, colorful image.
A mistake image. What’s wrong with it? Plenty. First of all, this is a prime example of something being scenic, but not photogenic (which I discussed during my North Shore visit, found HERE and HERE). This image was shot into the sun, whereas I should have been positioned on the opposite side of the bridge. Next, there’s too much yellow; no contrasting colors (except maybe the black). The trees are way too dark and don’t stand out from the background. The bridge almost looks crooked as the angle gives us a goofy horizon. Finally, I had to do a panoramic crop as it was framed so poorly. Why is it here? Because it’s helpful to show failures once in a while.
Coon Rapids auto thieves missed capitalizing on another mistake I made; I walked away from my car with it unlocked and the keys laying on the passenger seat! Anyone want a FREE brand new 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV? As I traversed the park I realized my keys weren’t on me, and had to cut my visit short. Not that it mattered. There just wasn’t much to shoot there.
After work I stopped by my parents and grabbed a few shots of Max with the leaves. I used fill-flash here, otherwise he’d be pretty dark. Max doesn’t want me to take photographs, he wants me to play. Poor Dog!
Max with his Devil Ball. Happy dog! Shot in Program, of course. He moves too fast for Manual (or I’m too slow, or a combo of both).
I have bad vibes about getting a substantive Fall Color shoot in this year. We’ll see, but my guess is I’m going to get skunked. I’ll have to try again in 2014.
all images © Scott Woelm – October 2013