I know that for many, Autumn is a sad time of year. The days are short, the nights are long and, for those of us who enjoy the countryside, everywhere looks "tired and worn out".
However, as a photographer, I really love this time of year. Yes I do miss the warm, dry days (we did have some this summer, honest!) but I cannot wait to see the beautiful colours of Autumn.
Sometimes I wish I could paint, there is so much colour to enjoy however I can't so the next best thing for me is to try and capture nature at its absolute best using my cameras'.
During late summer, I make a mental note of areas that I will return too once the leaves on the trees start to change colour. One such place is a stretch of the Grand Union Canal between the hamlet of Debdale Wharf and the village of Foxton in Leicestershire.
As always with photography, timing is crucial. Too early in the season and the leaves are still green, too late and the leaves are gone leaving just skeletal branches. There is normally a window of about two weeks where, weather permitting everything is just about perfect. It is now a question of waiting for the right light. Those of us that enjoy outdoor photography are slaves to light as this can make or break an image.
Today was one of those "perfect days". It was dry, the wind was light and most importantly of all, the sun was shining. It is a fairly long walk to my intended location so I took my Lumix DMC-LX5 digital compact camera. I knew this was not perfect and that I would miss the flexibility of my DSLR with its lenses and filters but my neck is not up to lumping a large amount of heavy kit with me.
As ever my dog, Tara was raring to go and after 30 minutes I arrived at the stretch of canal I had intended. I was not disappointed as the leaves on certain trees appeared as if on fire, their yellow and orange leaves lit by the sunlight.
All was not perfect however because, as I have said, I was restricted by what was possible to capture. Certain beautiful images were just not possible as it was impossible to compose for the light conditions. I was pleased with some of the images I took but I will have to make the effort and return, better equipped to do the scene fair justice.
I enjoy the freedom that the Lumix gives but it is always a trade off versus the Digital SLR and, if I am to be completely honest, the Lumix was not equipped to deal with the complexity of the lighting conditions.
Well that's about it from me but I would like to end by wishing everyone who leaves on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States all the best as they face the oncoming super storm known as Hurricane Sandy.
To everyone else, please stay safe.