It. Is. Here!

My favorite time of the year!

  • Cool, crisp days
  • Warm colors everywhere
  • A desire to get out and chronicle the changing colors around me
  • Long, lazy drives through the country…ooohing and ahhhhing
  • Warm, reflected light
  • Cornfields with 10-foot tall corn
  • Corn mazes
  • Pumpkins and pumpkin-spiced lattes…

Well…you get the idea!

You guessed it! It is Fall and depending on where you live you might be just beginning to see changes or there might be vibrant colors all around you. I was browsing on YouTube earlier this week and found this lovely video. It gave me the idea for this post and one that I hope will inspire you to get out there and just take photos.

Stop here and view this short video.

Ok.  The idea behind this is to pick a great place where you see fall colors all around you.  This could be:

  • A woodland area
  • A mountain top
  • A river valley
  • Central Park
  • Your backyard
  • Your neighborhood
  • Along a hiking path
  • Any place where you could conceivably take many photos in a 15-minute time period!

Take a look at my 15-minute fall photo challenge gallery.  I went out driving in the country around Hagerstown and found a lovely drive where I would drive slowly, stopping along the way and took photos for 15 minutes.  I used my iPhone 7 and did some basic edits in Photoshop trying to enhance the fall colors a bit to make them pop.  These edits included some or all of the following adjustment layers:

  • Curves (generally giving them a gentle “S” curve which brightens up the highlights and darkens the shadows)
  • Color Balance (some of the tree scenes in shadows were too “blue” for my liking so I warmed them up a bit)
  • Hue/Saturation (increasing the warmer reds and golds to make the fall colors pop)
  • Brightness/Contrast

If you are interested in how I did these edits, let me know in the comments and we’ll see what I can do to create a short video of my editing process.

Ok…so here is the challenge.  It is your turn to get out there, choose a place and start snapping photos for 15 minutes.  Here are the guidelines:

  • Use any camera you want.  Perhaps push yourself and use your DSLR in manual mode!!  Or go the simple route with your iPhone as I did!
  • All your photos must come from the same general area that you can capture in 15 minutes by either walking or driving/stopping.
  • Look for great light…perhaps going out close to sunset.  Decide this by scouting out your area before you start to see when and where the best light will be.
  • Use your composition techniques you have been learning from my blog and other places to get pleasing captures.  Move your camera around looking at the various “frames” around you.  But don’t take too long…remember you only have 15 minutes.  Don’t forget to look behind you!!
  • Once your 15 minutes are up, head home and edit your photos.  I am not expecting perfection here, edit with the resources you have and don’t be afraid to experiment.  (If you have questions, give me a call or text or email me!)
  • Go to our FaceBook challenge group and share your photos all in one post using the hashtag #15minutefallphotochallenge.
  • Get out there again and repeat the above!  Do this as many times as you can in the next 2 weeks, posting as often as you wish.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!  If the 15-minute thing is just not your style, I would still love you to post your fall photos on our FB group!  See ya’ there!!

Grandma and baby looking out a window

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