(c) Tony Sweet
Fall is right around the corner, and for color photographers, this is like, the super bowl of color. Although there is great fall color in many places: Colorado, Nova Scotia, Alaska, Utah, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, et al., the Northeast from the Poconos, to New Hampshire, to Connecticut, to Maine, are the most renowned. This is because of the color palette from deep red to gold, and also for the eye-popping reflections in streams and rivers.
My favorite fall color location is New Hampshire, but it can vary greatly depending on all of the variables.
In the wash of color that is a good fall season, how do you get the greatest color impact? It’s easy to find a patch of color and fill the frame, and can work well, but I look for primary colors, as exemplified in the above image. All 3 primary colors are here (Red, Blue, Yellow). There are also patches of orange reflection, which complement the blue reflection, creating a strong color palette, but not distracting the eye from the deep red leaf.
In general, I always look for red in nature (and everywhere else, really), as it is the most sensitive color in the digital spectrum and has the most “pop.”
Basically, look for red or a warm tonality and build around it! Below are a few more examples of color mixing for visual impact.
Thanks for taking the time and we’ll see ya online!
More on Tony Sweet...
- Pro photographer Tony Sweet teaches many online photography courses at BetterPhoto.com, including Image Design: Revealing Your Personal Vision, A Quick Start to Adding More 'Pop' to Your Images and Fine Art Flower Photography.
- Also, Tony contributed a number of beautiful images to the how-to book, The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light, co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager.