Harvesting the Colors of Fall

It’s fall. Outside, the leaves are changing color on the trees. School buses make their way up and down the streets every morning and afternoon. The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. Though summer may be over and its warmer days missed, fall is a great time to take wonderful photos. Some fall photos can be even more memorable than those taken during the summer!

There are several things you can do in the fall that you cannot do in the summer. First of all, in the summer, Halloween is months away. But, right in the middle of fall, you can capture houses decorated for Halloween, haunted houses that spring up whenever the holiday is near, and kids traipsing around neighborhoods in costumes on October 31st as they make the rounds trick-or-treating. Halloween is a great holiday for kids and for photography!

Not only can you capture images of kids in costume (always a winner in any book), but the works of art that some people can make with pumpkin carving for Halloween are magnificent. What better way to preserve this uniquely consumable art-form than to capture it on film (or digital memory card) forever?

Other great images you can capture during this season are the ever-famous (or infamous) leaf piles. While combining leaf piles and children can lead to a mess, it’s a fun mess and kids love nothing more than jumping into (or out of) piles of leaves. Provided, of course, that they’re not the ones raking them up. If you’re in a part of the country that has trees that change color, then images of the leaves changing before they fall are always welcome.

Then there are the other colors of fall that you can see even if you aren’t in a place where leaves change color (and yes, those places do exist. History Geek hails from them). The sky changes color slightly, becoming a little paler blue when it’s not covered in clouds. Since the days are shorter, evening comes earlier with its array of purples, pinks, oranges, and reds on the horizon. More and more often, people are up before the sun now meaning that shots of the sunrise are easier to obtain.

Lastly, with school in session, sports are gearing up. There’s the traditional American football game almost every Friday at the local high school accompanied, in many places, by a half-time show from the two schools’ marching bands. Basketball will be gearing up for its seasonal starting soon while soccer and baseball are in their off-seasons for now. Surfing, swimming, and water-skiing may be out at this time of year for all but those in the most southern of climes, but skateboarding, skating, and biking are still taking place. If you happen to live near a park where bikers and skaters can be found, you should be in for some great shots of them as they go through their tricks.

So, with all of that in mind, what are your plans for this fall? How will you capture the colors of this vibrant season before the winter snows set in? Let us know in the comments below!

— da Bird