A Beautiful Autumn Day...
Today I am going to take a break from the regular scheduled program around here, and share something different with you guys. Phyllis Dorothy James couldn't have explained it any better, with her quote.
"It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life." - P.D. James.
Today was indeed one of those very few stunningly picture perfect autumn days. From the warm orange glow of the sun, to the cool crisp breeze, the smell of damp forest, and the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet. Today was an incredible autumn day that I could only just barely remember from years past.
Its has been a surprisingly long time since I have just grabbed my camera and went for a walk in the woods to explore, but something about today just inspired me. Sometimes life gets busier then we even realize and priorities shift and taking time to smell the proverbial roses becomes a luxury most can't afford. Fortunately today I ended up with an entire day free to myself out of the blue, and it happened to fall on an incredibly picturesque day.
To keep in the spirit of things, today I simply grabbed my camera and whatever lens is had on it <70-200mm f2.8>and headed on my way out the door to a local nature reserve/forest to take in some of the fall colors and unwind. Now my telephoto would prolly be my very last choice of a lens for this sort of thing, favoring my wide-angle landscape lens or maybe a short zoom, but part of this day was to take my mind of everything and just get out for a bit. So my normal over thinking/planning to shoot was purposely put to the way side in favor of just going out to enjoy it and bringing my camera with me in case.
Walking around the forest my eyes were treated to a display of fall colors like I haven't seen in years. From extremely bright and saturated tones, to subtle shade differences in individual colors, starkly contrasted by dark damp bark on the trees, to the subdued colors of fallen leaves that have since lost their color. There was no shortage of scenic views, and wildlife busily working to get ready for the up coming winter here in Southern Ontario.
As I was walking around I snapped a few pics here and there really not putting much thought or time into any particular shot, and occasionally I would feel I had wished I would have brought different gear, perhaps a tripod and definitely that wide-angle lens I mentioned earlier. But soon all that noise in my head faded and I just took in all of what I had in front of me. Remembering to stop and snap a picture here or there I really had no intention of ever really doing much with any of these images and figured they would be destined to live out there life buried deep in my collection of photos on my drives that will prolly never be seen again.
But later tonight as I was relaxing thinking about my day and uploading the photos I had shot, it occurred to me that I had a great time just walking around not over thinking everything and what I had captured was a true representation of what I seen and felt out there. It may not have been anything stunningly impressive or destined for my portfolio, and the photos as you see them are more less untouched aside from some cropping and straightening. But I feel I couldn't have done better at capturing the feel of autumn had I spent all day out there with my usual overly thought out style and a few hours of post work.
So after a long relaxing day of taking time for myself and enjoying my surroundings and my photography, I will end today's post and leave you with another great quote, this time from Karl Lagerfeld...
“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” - Karl Lagerfeld