Enjoying the Winter Weather in the Fall
Not our Typical Fall Colours.
This has been an unusual Autumn for us in Alberta. We are all accustomed to a few days of chilly weather to kick start the season and get the leaves to start changing colour, but this year we had heavy snow dumps in early September.
It has not been ideal for the family portraits I was planning.
Instead of mourning the warm temperatures we bundled up our little boy and decided to take a wintery-walk (which ended up being very brief because the snow and wind were not quite finished and it got too cold for us very quickly). These are not our typical fall colours in Red Deer, but the juxtaposition of the bright white snow against the red and yellow leaves is quite striking.
We weren't the only ones out enjoying the trails. Red Deer has an incredible trail circuit all throughout the city. This is less than a block from our home in the Pines neighbourhood and leads to a stunning river valley route that we frequent. The trails are one of the hidden gems that locals love about this city.
These are some of my favourite colour combinations. I love the look of the snow on the leaves and the berries still hanging there, it speaks to the surprise that even nature felt at this unexpected snowfall.
My husband, son and I walk this trail several times a week and I had not once noticed these pink leaves. It took the contrast of that bleak white background for them to pop out. They looked like something in an illustration to me, not something found naturally in the forest.
I've recently been challenged to be more playful with my photography and go back to the practise exercises I used to do when it was only a hobby. Here is a comparison shot of the same subject: the first image show the focus on the yellow leaves and the second image the focus is on the green. I prefer the first image in this case because the yellow is a bolder colour it looks better in focus because the eye is naturally drawn there first and then explores the rest of the composition. The technique in the second, with a blurred object in the foreground is something I see a lot of photographers using the second technique in portraits to stunning effect.
Michelle J. Falk
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