Sunday, October 08, 2006
Capturing fall's colors
I went for a walk yesterday with our eldest son. Zach is 11, and I've written previously about his growing interest in photography. We bought him his first camera last winter, and since then he and I have taken periodic strolls with no agenda beyond capturing whatever jumps out at us along the way. It's a thrill for me to see him talk his way through a picture: in so many ways, I'm watching myself learn the ropes all over again.
We set off late in the afternoon in hopes of capturing some of the deepening colors of fall. The setting sun was something of a double-edged sword in that it added drama to the landscape, but the shadows it cast made that drama tough to capture. Was it too much for a new photographer? Maybe. But it gave us lots to talk about as we slowly made our way through the neighborhood.
I found this forlorn pair of leaves along an almost-forgotten pathway. I'm keenly aware that a black-and-white picture defeats the whole purpose of capturing autumn's brilliant colors. But it was the composition and simplicity that got me. Here we were, enjoying a quiet and simple experience. So I thought the image should reflect that.
Your turn: I've got more b&w images in my archives that I'll upload if you're game. I'd appreciate your feedback.