Photographing Fall Foliage

Photographing Fall Foliage

The weather is gradually cooling down this time of year, and depending on where you are located, the summer foliage is starting to transform into the beautiful palette of colors of autumn. Fall foliage is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Around every turn are exciting colors and patterns. There are colors to the left, colors to the right, beautiful colorful leaves below your feet, and of course, above you.

Fall foliage photography can be extremely rewarding in almost any weather. On a beautifully sun-splashed day the colors are vibrant and electric. On a rainy day the colors are wet and saturated. Each droplet of rain on a leaf acts like a mini magnifying glass, magnifying the color and texture. A dusting of snow helps to highlight the fall colors against the whiteness of the snow. There is rarely a bad time to photography fall foliage.

There are no hard and fast rules as to which cameras and lenses are better than others. Just the mere fact that you are outside with any camera is a great start. Here are some tips that may help you accomplish more pleasing images:

  1. Using a tripod will ensure that you are not moving or shaking the camera. It will make for crisper photos.
  2. If the leaves are blowing in the wind, use a faster shutter speed.
  3. A circular polarizing filter will remove sun and other reflections off of the foliage and the colors will come out deeper and more saturated.
  4. Don’t forget to capture the beautiful hues of green.
  5. Don’t just look straight ahead. Look up, down, and especially…behind you.
  6. Wide angle lenses will capture more of a scene. Telephoto zoom lenses will allow you to create a tighter crop and zoom in tighter. Look for reflections of fall colors as well.
  7. Try to shoot in the RAW file format if you can, and then post process the images in your favorite computer imaging software. Do not over-saturate your colors however.

Cityscape/Townscape Photo Outing

Cityscape/Townscape Photo Outing

Hi everyone,

Next Wednesday (April 3) is the deadline for the digital image submissions.  The theme is “Cityscapes/Townscapes” and/or “Open with Two Year Time Limit”.  You can submit two Cityscapes/Townscapes images, or two Open with Time Limit images, or you can submit one of each.

If you’re interested in a Cityscape/Townscape Photo Outing in Easton this Saturday (March 30), let me know.  The plan is to meet at the Talbot County Courthouse located at 11 North Washington Street at 3:00pm and shoot until 5:00-5:30pm.  We can grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant and capture some night images afterwards.


P.S.  This will be our last theme-oriented photo outing for the club season.

November Reminders

November 1– TCC Print Exhibit at Talbot County Free Library St. Michaels Branch- Delivery of prints is Thursday, November 1, from 10am-noon. Contact Chris if you are interested in exhibiting at the library- there is space for 5 more prints.

November 7– Digital image submissions for the theme “Night Vision” are due at 11:45pm. Nikhil Bahl will be the judge.

November 9– November Speaker Meeting change of date and venue- Our speaker meeting will be held on Friday, November 9, from 7pm-9pm, at Brookletts Place Talbot County Senior Center.

November 19– The competition meeting will be held in the Wye Oak Room from 7pm-9pm.  A review of the scoring and judge’s comments is scheduled for the first half of the meeting. Landscape, Wildlife, and Post-Processing Special Interest Groups will meet during the second half.

Special Interest Group Announcements– While we ask that you sign up for a particular Special Interest Group, all are welcome to participate in any scheduled SIG activity.

November 3– If you are a TCC member and interested in photographing wildlife or scenics along a refuge, the Wildlife SIG will be meeting at the Bombay Hook NWR Visitor Center at 8am prior to entering the drive.

November 19– The Post-Processing SIG will be meeting during the second half of the Competition Meeting.  If you have a particular image that you want assistance in editing, send a high resolution image with your question(s) to ANY TCC member is invited to submit questions about post processing at least a week or so in advance of the meeting.  This lead time provides Mutt and Jack the opportunity to review your image and question(s), and determine appropriate editing techniques to discuss at the meeting.

Cityscape/Townscape Photo Outing

FYI- Exhibits, Workshops & Meetups, Photo Ops

Exhibit Opportunities

Dorchester Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MD

Dorchester Center for the Arts Annual Community Photography & Digital Arts Exhibit and Competition-The exhibit will run from October 5 – November 9 and the Reception and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for October 13, 5pm-7:30pm.  Registration forms are due at DCA by September 21.

Main Street Gallery, Cambridge, MD

If you have ever wanted to have a featured show at a respected gallery, here is your chance.  Main Street Gallery in Cambridge, MD can provide you with that opportunity.Main Street Gallery has been operating since 2008, and has a wonderful reputation in the Eastern Shore art world.  A recent international guest sold about a thousand worth or art.The price for a guest artist to show is $75 a month with a two month minimum. Wall artists get an 8 foot feature wall and two panels which are 3 feet wide by 8 feet tall. Three-dimensional artist will have the use of an 8 foot high by 4 foot wide book case with four shelves. There is also room on a 9 foot  x 14 inch bookcase. Floor space is also available for larger work. This is a great chance to get exposure for your work.  Contact Theresa McFadden at, if you are interested.

Maryland Federaton of Art, Annapolis, MD

Introducing Small Wonders: MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 14th annual Small Wonders competition. Any original 2-D work 11″ by 11″ or smaller and 3-D work 11″ by 11″ by 11″ or smaller is eligible for entry. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from December 1-23, 2017.

Workshops & Meetups

Maryland NightScapers: A Smith Island and Lighthouse Sunset Cruise is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, from 11:15am-8:00pm. Departure is at Rippons Marina, Fishing Creek, MD.

Horizon Photography Summit: The Summit, directed by Steve Gottlieb, will be held from Nov. 2-Nov. 4 in Newark, DE. There will be 16 photographers, 31 presentations and 5 workshops.  Register by September 26th for Early Bird Prices.

Photo Ops

22ndAnnual Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race: Saturday, September 22. The grounds open at 8:30am, the parade of boats starts at 9am and the race begins at 10am.  Long Wharf Park, Cambridge, MD.

Harold Schuster Star Regatta: September 22-23 at the Miles River Yacht Club, St. Michaels, MD.

2018 Star World Championship regatta at Tred Avon Yacht Club:  The races will be held from Monday, October 8 through Saturday, October 13. A  practice race is scheduled for Sunday, October 7. TAYC, Oxford, MD.


Erratum: September Newsletter-  Barbara Gilbert received a 2ndplace award (not 1st) for her entry “Baltimore Lighthouse with Bay Bridge with painting effect” at the Kent Island Federation of Arts Photography Show.

Photo Ops, Equipment for Sale, Lecture

Photo Ops-

July 12 -Cape Henlopen State Park: This coming Thursday, July 12, Mike Hemming, Cal Jackson, and Roger Maki are going on a photo shoot to the Fort Miles Historical Area ( in Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park. The plan is to tour and photograph Battery 519 (pre-registration required), attend the artillery firing demonstration at 12:30 p.m., and photograph anything else within the park that attracts our attention. TCC members who would like to meet Mike, Cal and Roger at the park are more than welcome. Planned arrival time is 8:30 a.m. with no established departure time.

July 20th-21st Regatta Event: Nancy M. Johnson, the Rear Commodore at the Cambridge Yacht Club, is looking for a photographer to cover the 2018 CYC 103rd  Admiral Byrd Regatta event Friday afternoon and Saturday.  Payment is not available but CYC will advertise you in the program.  If you provide your website, participants can view images and submit requests to purchase them. Please contact Nancy at or (202) 365-7770 if you are interested in photographing this event.

July 28th– Thunder on the Choptank:  TCC member, Barbara Gilbert, is hosting a meetup at Great Marsh Park, Somerset Ave., Cambridge.  The objective is to practice photographing fast moving objects using techniques such as panning or taking rapid fire static shots to freeze the action.

July 27th– October 12th– Sunset Seabird Safaris:  Delmarva Birding Weekends’ Dave Wilson and Jim Rapp have joined seasoned boat Captain Brad McCabe to offer trips in the bays behind Ocean City and Assateague to see nesting herons, egrets and glossy ibis, as well as migrating shorebirds and state-endangered Royal Terns and Black Skimmers.  The three-hour evening tours begin with the northern bays which include Skimmer Island, and two other unnamed islands rife with seabirds, shorebirds and waders.The aquatic safari then heads south past the gauntlet of nesting Ospreys for a jaunt behind Assateague. There, amidst the wild horses of Assateague Island, seabirds are doing some feathered embracing on newly restored islands north of Assateague’s Verrazano Bridge. The 28-mile trip ends in Chincoteague Bay with great looks at the full complement of colonial nesting wading birds at South Point Spoils.

Equipment for Sale-

If anyone is interested in purchasing a Leica or Hasselblad camera, please email me ( and I will provide the contact information.

Lecture at the Avalon-

July 15-  Anke Van Wagenberg, Ph.D., Senior Curator at the Academy Art Museum, will give a presentation on “Impressionism and Plein Air”. Sunday, July 15, 2–3 p.m. at the Avalon Theater. Open to the public.

Baltimore Inner Harbor Outing

Hi everyone,

At our two previous meetings, I announced that a group of members were interested in photographing the Baltimore Inner Harbor area and possibly utilizing the Water Taxi or Harbor Connector to explore various areas not readily accessible by foot.   The scheduled date was set for June 13, weather permitting.

The idea is to meet at 8:30am in front of the Aquarium and start a photo walk as a group.  We can either remain together or splinter off as individual interests dictate; there are numerous photographic possibilities including architecture, reflections, harbor traffic (land and water), etc.  The plan is to head back to the eastern shore before rush hour.

I have included links to two parking garages across from the Aquarium (with early bird parking fees- in before 9am), the Water Taxi routes and summer schedule (all day pass required), and the Harbor Connector routes (limited destinations, free).

If you are interested, please let me know asap.  I will share a list of participants’ contact info so that we can stay in touch with each other as needed.–md/400-east-pratt