Orange leaves filter the morning light. Fuji X10 at 14mm f/5.6 1/85 ISO 200
The end of things is a beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking time. We stand in the satisfied exhaustion of a job well done and we see the beautiful thing that we have made and we know that for now it is ending. But the work that we have done has had a lasting and worthwhile impact. That is what fall is like for me. It is so beautiful but it is a kind of death, an ending.
I went out last weekend on Saturday morning because the sunlight was so beautiful and the colours of the autumn leaves were so spectacular. I wanted to be able to catch the vivid display while the beautiful morning light was so nice. I found some beautiful trees in Beban Park in Nanaimo and looked for an interesting way to photograph them. The morning light was still not too strong but it supplied just the right amount of light for the slightly translucent leaves as they stood out against the sky. I took a couple of photos with the leaves at dead centre but I looked for a contrast in colour and texture so I shifted to the side and composed the frame to include the gnarled branches of the old maple. The branches were far enough back to go nicely out of focus so as not to distract from the leaves but also to provide contrast and context.