CHOOSING FALL COLOR FINE ART PRINTS
Now that fall is here, Instagram or Facebook feeds are full of fall color photographs. Think how nice it would be to have some of those images at home. The air is colder, days are shorter and curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate sure seems nice. You put out orange colored accents around the house as Halloween gets closer and notice how warm it feels. Then you look at more fall color images on IG or Facebook and think about buying some Limited Edition Fine Art fall color prints from one of these amazing galleries.
TRAVELING FOR FALL COLOR
I made it a point to photograph fall color this year from a new location. For several years, I was driving to the Tumwater Canyon in Eastern Washington specifically for fall color photographs. Most of our vacations are in the fall but too early for colors to change. This year was different. I convinced my partner to go on a road trip to Colorado. We were not disappointed in our decision. In fact, I wrote a complete blog on Photographing Fall Colors in Colorado. The colors were amazing and made the Tumwater Canyon lose some of its splendor. But, the canyon is only a 2 hour drive and Colorado is a 2 day drive, then 3 more days driving around the state. This year, I may go camping at Mount Rainier for a few days capture the fall color. The mountains in the Pacific Northwest turn amazing colors with all the ground cover like the leaves of the blueberries plants.
WHAT IS COLOR?
Colors in a limited edition fine art image can invoke a feeling subconsciencly. Fall color images are usually red, yellow, and orange. All the warm colors in the color wheel. Although the colors happen at a cold time of year, the feeling one gets is a sense of warmth. The colors you see in an image or in nature are not the colors of the subject. These are the colors that are reflected off the subject. When you see the amazing fall color on foliage, all colors of light are being absorbed except the one you see. The color of light is considered to be white. This mean when you see a white object, all colors in the spectrum are being reflected. Black is the opposite, no color is reflected. Light is made from 3 primary colors of Red, Green, and Blue. This is different from pigment where the primary colors are Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta. When these 3 colors are mixed, the result is black and not white like light creates. All other colors are created by mixing the primary colors. If you want to know more about the science of color, there are lots of articles on Google. Now, let’s examine each fall color individually.
Red can mean any things. Although some think of red as “angry”, most people think of energy, passion, desire, strength, to name a few. When you walk into a room and see a limited edition fine art print with a lot of red, it immediately catches your eye. Suddenly, there is an increase in energy, more focus, an increase in confidence. You feel more alive. However, be careful with red, a little goes a long way. Too much red and it becomes overbearing and could lead to an increase in blood pressure. You want to purchase a limited edition fine art print for warmth and calm, so make sure it doesn’t have too much red.
When I think about yellow, I think of the sun. The warm, yellow light emitted by the sun brings joy and happiness. What else does the color yellow symbolize. Well, how about improved analytical thinking, happiness, cheerfulness, and possibly leads to problem solving. Problem solving is much easier when you’re warm and happy. Aside from the feeling one gets around yellow, the brain will release more serotonin. Serotonin is the key hormone to feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Purchasing limited edition fine art prints with fall color, the yellows are abundant and bring a sense of warmth to any home gallery.
Last but certainly not least is the color orange. The best part about orange is it combines red and yellow. Orange invokes enthusiasm, success, encouragement, and creativity. Everything that makes your day start in a great mood wanting to take on the world. Orange is a very attention grabbing color. That is the reason road construction signs and workers are in orange. What orange does is combine the energy of red with the happiness of yellow. I could almost consider it a perfect color for limited edition fine art prints hanging on your wall.
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH FALL COLOR
Not that I need to mention this but you have to wait until the fall colors arrive. In the Pacific Northwest, fall weather usually means overcast days. These are some of the best conditions. Overcast or foggy days allow fall foliage photography all day. This prevents glare on the autumn leaves producing a softer color pallette.
Use a polarizing filter. Polarizing filters block scattered light. The fall foliage will reflect the overcast skies and the filter will remove the glare. Polarizing filter rotate for more or less of the effect. After composing your shot, turn the filter and you will notice the glare is removed producing a warm and vibrant photograph of fall foliage.
If the skies are clear, use the day for scouting and shoot at the golden hour. The soft light of the golden hour washes the fall color with soft, gold light. This produces the best fall foliage photographs. Shooting during the day with clear skies produces bright highlights with dark shadows and high contrast. The golden hours have very little contrast in the scene for a more pleasing image.
Reflections make for nice fall color photographs so be on the lookout for water. Use a telephoto lens to isolate the reflection for an abstract fall foliage photograph. This image is about color and pattern and not a scene. Not only for reflections, but to find a small section of a large scene. Maybe one tree with several fall colors. Simplify the scene with the telephoto lens. I use the Sony 100-400 GM lens and it works perfect.
Start hiking to higher elevation for the best color. In the Pacific Northwest, the high country has more color than the lover elevations. The leaves of the mountain blueberries turn a vibrant red and yellow. If you can find some fallen trees with a blue-grey color with the reds and yellows, you will create a perfect fall color photograph.
The point of this post is to make you purchase fall color, fine art prints. Is it working? Did you buy a limited edition fine art print? There are many to choose from in this gallery. Most people I know have art on their walls that are sunsets, mountains, lakes, or flowers but never fall color. Fall color is almost my favorite season except that it only lasts a couple of weeks, so it’s not really a season. I get out as much as possible over those few weeks to get the shots and hope the weather cooperates. Just think about having a limited edition fine art print on your wall that makes you feel happy, powerful, energized, and ready to take on the world. If you have questions about my Limited Edition Fine Art fall color images, please use my Contact Page and I will be happy to answer questions.