Leafing an impression

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

This time of year has nights that are filled with color from Christmas lights. But there is also brilliant color that can be found during the day as well. Mother Nature puts on a last hurrah as the fall foliage changes color before the dormancy of winter. It’s a revisiting of a challenge issued a year ago and entrants outdid themselves the second time around. Fourteen readers sent in 80 photos. Here are some of the top entries.

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Jackson resident Carolyn Silva of Jackson showed great dedication in getting her fall leaf shot. With her Nikon D5000 DSLR camera in hand, Silva braved chilly early morning temperatures in search for a photo. She found beautiful liquidambar leaves that had fallen from a tree and lay in the gutter all covered in a layer of icy frost. Her fingers stung from the cold as she pulled her gloves on and off to operate her camera while shooting the scene.

Excited to see her pictures, Silva started to download her photos to her computer when she got back home. Unfortunately, the camera’s memory card was somehow corrupted and she couldn’t retrieve the pictures from it. So, Silva ventured with out the next morning armed with a new memory card. She fought off the cold once again and recaptured the scene of icy beauty.

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As Carolyn Silva demonstrated, quite often inclement weather can actually enhance a photograph. Laurie Eager of Stockton also took advantage of a rainstorm for her fall leaf photo.

Waiting until after the rain had stopped but before everything dried off, Eager photographed a leaf on a Japanese maple in her backyard with a Nikon D5100 DSLR camera. Light skims off of the surface of the leaf, not only enhancing the clinging raindrops but making the leaf pop out against a black background which made for an eye-catching photo.

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Fall leaves weren’t the main subject of Stockton resident Susan Scott’s photo but more of an accent. Scott used a Canon Rebel DSLR camera to photograph a sparrow on a branch of a sycamore tree in her neighborhood. The small grey and brown bird nearly blends with the surrounding scene. But the dried leaves still holding onto to the branch gives a subtle fall flavor to the entire scene.

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Holly Stone of Lodi used an iPhone to photograph willow leaves floating on the waters of her pool in her backyard. The bright yellow leaves stood out against the vibrant blue of the pool’s floor. The patterns of light created by the water’s ripples also made for some nice accents to the photo.

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Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton one of the sycamore trees lining Brookside Road in Stockton with a Nikon D90 DSLR camera. Shooting from near the base of the tree upwards, she deftly uses the tree’s trunk as a compositional element to draw the viewer’s eye into the photo and to the canopy of colorful leaves.

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Rick Wilmot of Lodi used a Canon 5D MK III DSLR camera to photograph fallen leaves from an apricot tree in his back yard. Shot in open shade the bright colors are muted against the neutral color of the grey fence that they sit on. The scene has a quite quality of a Dutch still life.

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As always there is an online photo gallery at Recordnet.com. The challenge is taking a bit of a break and a new assignment will be issued on January 7.

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