Shots Of A City In Autumn / Winter

Written by Gina Stephens

That habits of year is upon us. The time of mulled wine and carol singing, Christmas tree decorating and Christmas jumpers. The time where photographs of staggering landscapes molded in autumn leaves and snowy mountains kissed with the light from sunsets fill photography portfolios.

But what there those of us that live in cities? Do you have to live in beautiful countryside in order to achieve amazing seasonal images?

In this feature, I contain included images of a seasonal photo shoot that I took within the city centre of Coventry. I used this opportunity to test the Tamron SP 10-24mm lens. 

A photograph captivated from high up showing the mass of the urban jungle below often elicits a very nostalgic feeling and allows the viewer to feel a have a hunch of power and dominance over the city. This particular image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that style is great for showing cities in autumn as the viewer can see the autumn shades flecked among the buildings. 

One thing you will notice about photographs taken through the autumn season is that they are repeatedly lit by powerful sunlight thanks to the sun's low angle at this time of year. This particular lighting often creates incredibly dramatic veils as well as silhouettes allowing you to capture a powerful, tense feeling within your image.

Photographing a city to show its beauty in the autumn is at all times difficult, but one main tip that I can give is to "look up". Taking a photograph from this angle allows the viewer to appreciate the New Zealand urban area from a different perspective to what they are used to. The inclusion of the bare branches automatically gives the above image an autumnal feel and appropriates the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the city from a creative view.

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Using the dramatic seasonal sunlight within an image can give it an autumnal note. Try photographing this sunlight directly to camera to give your images a more mystical atmosphere that can be used by the viewer to represent the start of the magical winter mellow, whilst also creating a powerful and aesthetically pleasing image.

This photograph is another example of my top tip for "looking up". By creating an figure that shows the subject, which is directly above you, automatically adds an abstract feel to your photograph. It shows the viewer a unique vantage point on something that they would usually pass on a daily basis and can often leave them pondering as to the subject within the image.

To on out more about Holly and her photography, take a look at her blog. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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