Practicing for fall foliage…

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Here in Maine we’re about three weeks away from what I hope will be a colorful fall foliage season this year. Since I haven’t had the camera out much lately, I figured I’d better get some practice in before the leaves really start to change. So, what better place to dust the cobwebs off than Acadia National Park? I say three weeks, but there were already pockets of color developing in the swampy areas around the Great Meadow, so maybe things will happen a little earlier this year?

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These images are from a quiet little path that winds its way through the Great Meadow amongst some striking silver birches. I’m never sure if this is the Jesup Path or the Hemlock Trail, but either way, it’s a place that usually rewards the landscape photographer looking for fall foliage colors. Within a few weeks there’ll be a carpet of yellow covering the narrow path seen here, and I for one will be sure to return.

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I intentionally brought only one lens with me on this trip – the 50mm f1.8 – or thrifty fifty as it is sometimes known as. It’s a relatively cheap little plastic lens, but the quality of image it can produce under the right conditions belies the build, construction and price. I experimented with using a large aperture and a shallow depth of field, so most of what I shot throughout the day as I explored just a little part my favorite national park was dialed in on the camera at around f2.0-3.5.

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Oliver made the trip down to Acadia with us, and in the photograph below, he, Lori, Jack and Cathryn (visiting from Ireland), had walked on ahead while I moseyed along doing my photographer thing. I was about 50 yards or so behind the group when I asked everyone to jump off the trail and let Oliver run back to me. Needless to say, my boy needed no encouragement to come charging down the path to greet me… quite a sight!

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18 thoughts on “Practicing for fall foliage…

    • David Patterson

      Judging by how cold the mornings have been lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if things start to change a little earlier than usual this year.

  1. Hi David,
    Looks like a wonderful place to live. Can’t wait for you to show us the changing of the colors. I know that it will beautiful and it gives me something to look forward to. Look at Oliver running all out down the trail to see you. That is wonderful and your great friend knows you are waiting for him too. Hope you have a good Wednesday!!!!! Kat

  2. What a great day! Birch trees are my favorite. Since I’ve been a kid I’ve been drawn to them. And what a clever way to get a shot of Oliver running towards you! That’s just the thing I wish I could capture in my kids, as it’s my very own perspective, it’s how I see them so often. I’d love a photo of their little smiling faces running toward me to hang on the wall. But I can’t seem to ever capture it on film, I just don’t have the photographic talent. Any tips? 🙂

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