Tips On Shooting Autumn Landscapes In The Lake District

Written by Gina Stephens

Ask most scene photographers what their favourite season is, and probably 80{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} will reply "autumn". I actually try not to have a favourite, because it hoard ups me fresh for all the different seasons, but even I can't deny that the Lakes in autumn can be a truly spectacular place. An important issue to remember is that the lakes can also be a properly WET place through October and November as well, so consideration of the weather must be taken into account.

Equipment needed is totally down to live style, anything from a compact, through to DSLRs with wide-angle lenses, telephotos, macros etc. will all give excellent results. I do judge a polarising filter useful to take reflection off leaves / bracken and give a boost to the colours; but be careful not to overdo it.

If I'm working in the early section of Autumn, I quite often like to work with a wide lens to make a strong feature of foreground bracken, especially when it's portray a wide colour range, from green, through to red. This will even make a good semi close-up picture just reducing on the bracken itself.


Later in the season, when the colours have changed, if I'm really lucky a calm day can, with the help of the meditations, offer twice as much landscape in a single shot; with the landscape reflected perfectly in the water. On all my reflection shots, I use a 0.45 hard-edge ND grad winnow, to balance up the amount of light absorbed by the reflection. Also remember, that lower viewpoints often give better reflections. In addition, if there is any foreground constituent, a low viewpoint will usually reduce the distance between the foreground element and the bottom edge of the reflection.

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Woodlands clearly become a favourite citizen through the autumn weeks, but as well as general vistas, individual branches can show off the shapes of leaves well. Even once the leaves comprise fallen, there are great pictures to be had of leaf details and textures on the ground, or contrasted on a mossy bank or rock. If the weather is inclement, consider prepossessing a few leaves home and photographing them backlit on a lightbox. The type of tree and altitude has a great bearing on when they change colour, with Mellifluent birches tending to be the early changers, and larch (the only conifer to drop its needles) then oak bringing up the rear.

The range of subjects through the autumn also known as fall in American and Canadian English, is one of the four temperate seasons in the lakes is unbelievable, certainly covering most of October and November. Even when the trees have lost their leaves, the glow of the bracken retains the great hues of autumn, almost right through to spring the following year.



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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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