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Tips for capturing great photos of Ontario’s fall foliage!

Guest blog by Ethan Meleg.

Few things get my photo mojo kicked into high gear more than the fall season here in Ontario, when the leaves turn from green to crimson, orange and gold. The peak of fall colours varies each year and by location, but in general you can count on the last week of September and first week of October as the best for photography. Checking the Ontario Parks Fall Report  helps me decide where and when I’ll head off to the woods with my camera. I have my usual haunts – Algonquin Park, the Parry Sound area, and wrapping northwest around Georgian Bay and up towards the north shore of Lake Superior. During autumn, I’m a photo nomad in search of the best colours!

If you’re as inspired as I am to photograph fall colours, here are a few tips that will help you create the most jaw-dropping, eye-popping photos possible!
  1. Shoot at sunrise or sunset when the light is golden, or on drizzly, overcast days to capture rich colour saturation.
  2. Use a polarizer to cut glare off leaves and wet surfaces. This will make the colours pop out of the scene!
  3. Use a tripod to make razor sharp photos, or so you can slow down the shutter speed to create artistic effects such as blurred water or moving leaves.
  4. Try lots of different perspectives! Get close to leaves with your wide-angle lens, shoot up from the ground towards the canopy or get farther back and use a telephoto lens.

 Have a great autumn season and I hope to bump into you in the woods somewhere!
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Ethan MelegGuest Blogger Ethan Meleg is a freelance photographer based in Owen Sound. He specializes in photos of outdoor recreation, landscapes, ecosystems, birds and wildlife. He is represented by major stock agencies and has been published extensively worldwide. Ethan is a popular keynote speaker, workshop leader and magazine columnist. He writes the humour column in every issue of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.

One reply on “Tips for capturing great photos of Ontario’s fall foliage!”

Ethan, that first photo is absolutely BREATHTAKING! The tree looks like it’s housed in fire – hands down, that is one of the best fall foliage shots I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing it, and the tips!

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