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Colors of Autumn: How I Isolate Color

The Random...

It is not always easy to capture the color of the season. I live in an area where our fall is not the cascading colors of orange, red, indigo and yellow streaming over the landscape. My landscape is mainly evergreen, with a smattering of mostly golden yellow aspen trees throughout. To find another color of fall is a treasure hunt of the eyes.

I have found the best way to capture the color of fall here is to isolate it. Instead of lavish lush landscape photos I have focused on close-up shots of splashes of colors. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn | How to Isolate Fall Colors

The Good...

To isolate a color you do not have to rely on macro photography, but you do have to get personal. Do not be afraid to tuck your camera in nice and tight for your shot, but be sure to stay within your sweet spot for you lens.

Tip... if you have nature photos that are not tack sharp most of the time it is because you moved in beyond the plane of focus. I play this one by ear, and push back in tiny increments until I can visually see that I am tack sharp. Practice makes perfect on this process; purposefully step in too close to your subject and then back off to see just how close you can get to a subject. (Yes, there are focal distance rules, but I find most people learn best by doing and seeing.)

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn | How to Isolate Fall Colors

To isolate the color further I often look for contrasting backgrounds from the color I am isolating. 

Tip... This is where bokeh comes into play. Most people think of bokeh as those pictures that have the shimmers of round spots in the background of a shot. However, the definition of bokeh is: the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.  The key to bokeh is space. Space between the subject and the background, or space between you and the subject if you have a larger zoom lens. (By larger, I mean 200mm or more) To create bokeh with a zoom lens: I zoom all the way out, 200mm or more. Then, I manually set my focus point on my subject. I tuck in as close as I can get with my zoom fully extended, make sure my subject in focus, and shoot. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn | How to Isolate Fall Colors

And then, there is the Rule of Thirds. The rule of thirds is meant to be broken, I break it all the time, however it works rather well in isolating fall colors. It works because when your subject lies within the a third of your shot, then the viewers eye will naturally be drawn to the subject, and consequently the isolated color of the subject will register with the brain quicker.

Tip... You do not always have to shoot with the Rule of Thirds in mind. I often shoot a little bit wider around my subject and then recompose it in editing, with the crop tool. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn | How to Isolate Fall Colors

How to isolate the color of fall, quick review...

~Look for pops of color within the over all landscape, then shoot close. 

~Look for pops of color with a background that is a contrasting color, and create bokeh.

~Look for pops of color that fall within the Rule of Thirds in your shots. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn | How to Isolate Fall Colors

The Fun...

~ Do not forget to hashtag your photos on Instagram and each Friday I will feature some of our favorites at Lisa.Kerner  

#ColorsofAutumn_Indigo

#ColorsofAutumn_Crimson

~ Do not forget about the giveaway, you only have a couple more weeks to enter... hop on over to Kristy's site at Life-n-Reflection to enter for a chance to win, to be announced October 31st. 

Colors of Autumn: Week Two, Pumpkin

The Good...

October's Party

October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came -

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The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

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The Sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens Link Up | Autumn Color Challenge: Orange

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Professor Wind the band.” 

~George Cooper

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens Link Up | Autumn Color Challenge: Orange

The Random & Fun...

~ Today, Kristy is writing a Photoshop Tutorial for Post Processing Fall Photography: Learn to Blend with Color Gradients and Texture. Free texture included!

~ Do not forget to hashtag your photos on Instagram and each Friday I will feature some of our favorites at Lisa.Kerner  

#ColorsofAutumn_Pumpkin

#ColorsofAutumn_Indigo

#ColorsofAutumn_Crimson

~ Next week, I will be giving a tutorial on Capturing Fall Colors, which is next week... be sure to pop back here to see How I Isolate Fall Colors

~ AND, do not forget about the giveaway... hop on over to Kristy's site to enter for a chance to win, to be announced on October 31st. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE FALL SEASON??

 

 

 

A Fall Collaboration, Week One: Gold

Hello to all my Life Thur the Lens community. Guess what?!!! Kristy, from Life-n-Reflection, and I are collaborating this month on a Colors of Autumn Photography Challenge. Ever Monday, throughout the month of October, our link up communities will be tied together.

Lisa Kerner | Life Through the Lens Link Up | Colors of Autumn:Gold

The Good... What you need to know...

~ There is a color prompt list for each week. I will be sharing specifically off the color prompt, but feel free to explore and capture images outside of the prompt. 

~ There will be a giveaway at the end of the month. Hop on over to Kristy's site to enter for a chance to win, to be announced on October 31st at Kristy's place. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Through the Lens Link Up | Colors of Autumn:Gold

~ If you are on Instagram tag your photos and each Friday I will feature some of our favorites at Lisa.Kerner  

#ColorsofAutumn_Gold

#ColorsofAutumn_Pumpkin

#ColorsofAutumn_Indigo

#ColorsofAutumn_Crimson

~ On week three I will be giving a tutorial on how to capture fall colors. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Through the Lens Link Up | Colors of Autumn:Gold

The Fun...

Kristy made this terrific Autumn Photography Checklist... be sure to pop on over to her place to download it. 

Not everyone around the globe is experiencing fall, and that's pretty exciting! So, my challenge to you is to find the colors of the Autumn Colors Photography Challenge in the season you are in. Think outside of the box, be creative. After all, that is what photography is all about. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Through the Lens Link Up | Colors of Autumn:Gold
Lisa Kerner | Life Through the Lens Link Up | Colors of Autumn:Gold