Last leaves of Autumn

Autumn is closing down: the last leaves are blowing off the best trees. There was time for one final shoot last weekend – partly in Stowe gardens and partly in my own garden where we are really lucky to have a Ginkgo tree.

But before the images a big ‘thank-you’ to all of you who have visited this blog through the Autumn and especially those who commented – your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. I’ve learnt, seen, and read a lot in recent weeks from so many of you so it was good to give something back last week by talking about Mirror lenses (if you missed that post, go back two posts to Mirroring Autumn).

Now for today’s images. First, the Ginkgo Biloba – a tall non-symmetrical tree that started life in the hands of my wife’s Uncle who brought the seed back from Japan about 35 years, and presented us with a tiny sapling that he had grown and nurtured.

Ginkgo Biloba leaves - click to enlarge

It has now grown as tall as the house! In Autumn it’s a blaze of yellow to rival anything else. Not easy to photograph up close due to the way the leaves are arranged. But at this time of year a little gardening of the fragile leaves can help the composition by creating a line of leaves occupying the same plane.

Ginkgo leaf - click to enlarge

Second, a trip back to Stowe with only my Mirror lens. I find taking just the one lens, especially that one with its idiosyncrasies, concentrates the mind (and stops one having to change all the settings repeatedly, or forgetting!). Metering can be tricky with the Mirror, so I always take a preliminary shot and check the histogram and adjust the speed and/or ISO until it’s right. Then assuming I’m seeking similar shots, and the sun stays out, I’m usually set for the next hour or so.

Here are two shots of Sweet Chestnut leaves: standing well back but aiming high into the canopy from a slope.

Sweet Chestnut leaves (1) - click to enlarge

Sweet Chestnut leaves (2) - click to enlarge

These are large leaves, usually in variegated bunches as Autumn progresses.  I can’t  which one I like best. Over to you…

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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 Last leaves of Autumn

  1. ken bello says:

    The Ginkgo is a beautiful and the foliage is gorgeous all year long. The mirror lens has retained quite a lot of detail in the other shots. These are really very nice.

  2. Love the Ginko leaves, I was driving in Philly a few weeks ago and they were at their peek. I was late so I couldn’t stop but I have regretted that.

  3. Len Saltiel says:

    I must say that I am not one to remember names of trees. What I do know is that this is a beautiful series of images Andy. Well composed with great color.

  4. Dave DiCello says:

    Love this series Andy, the lighting and the colors are just beautiful

  5. Jimi Jones says:

    Beautiful set, Andy. These are so well captured. Love that one on the brick, it’s so simple but shows so well. Good stuff, man!

  6. Wonderful images Andy. I love the ginko leaf…so unique and you’ve capture these beautifully in incredible light.

  7. Marc says:

    Great set Andy and beautifully captured. I’m always sad to see the end of autumn when all that colour disappears.

  8. ChrisdMRF says:

    Nice set Andy, the single leaf against the brick is especially fine

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