Microscapes of Autumn

18 days ago in a Post ‘It’s Autumn – but not as we know it’ I described Autumn as a non-event.  Well, I was obviously being impatient. In the last week there has been an extraordinary surge of color and Autumn has now arrived in a blaze of glory.

Beech Leaves - click to enlarge

Where I live, we are not blessed with panoramic views of woods and forests nor woodland glades with gently flowing water as portrayed brilliantly in some of the Posts I have been following recently. So, a different technique is required and one that I enjoy employing to capture the seasons: getting close and finding beauty in the detail.

Oak Leaves - clicl to enlarge

A while back, I came up with the word ‘Microscape’ to describe this type of approach to image capture, because essentially what I try to do is put the Landscape under the Microscope pictorially: by finding those small particles, or vignettes of the broader Landscape and capturing them for their individual beauty.

I’m not doing anything that hasn’t been done before, nor claiming any originality: just hoping to raise the concept of this approach to Landscape.  I tend to combine this idea with shooting towards the Sun – that way the foliage is back-lit and really lights up.

Oak Leaves on the turn - click to enlarge

All these images were taken five days ago with a 24-85mm lens on a DX camera on the Ashridge Estate on the edge of the Chiltern Hills in the space of about an hour.

Click to enlarge the images below

Beech

Sycamore

Beech

Red Oak

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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8 Responses to Microscapes of Autumn

  1. ken bello says:

    Because the fall foliage color is so sporadic in this area, this is the type of composition I focus on myself. Great shots.

  2. Lovely set of images Andy. Well done…I like the Microscapes idea.

  3. Curt Fleenor says:

    Terrific shots Andy! I often get so caught up in wide angle imagery that I forget to look at the Microscope around me.

  4. Marc says:

    Nice set Andy. I love the term ‘Microscape’. Think I’ll start using that term too!

  5. munchow says:

    Beautiful autumn shots!

  6. Very nice series of shots Andy. You’ve proven that there is just as much beauty in the details as there is in the big picture.

  7. Jimi Jones says:

    Fantastic series of shots, Andy. “Microscapes” is a nice descriptive word for what you are doing here. The detail speaks for itself and it’s nice to see the Fall colors from another perspective.
    Nice work, man.

  8. I have always loved back lit leaves. They make such good subjects, nice variety!!

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