Autumn is slowly coming to an end in our part of the world and this prompted me to review some of my old unprocessed images from the fall of 2018. This year I gave the autumn season in Australia a bit of a miss, as I am hoping to make up for that in the European autumn in the second half of the year.
This photo comes from Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne in Victoria. It was the last day of our trip to the Great Ocean Road and as an off chance we decided to drive through the Ranges on the way to the airport. We were rewarded with beautiful autumn colours and wonderful scenery along the way. It was hard to just keep on driving by, in knowledge that we had to be at the airport at a certain time, while seeing all the beautiful sights around us.
We did have enough time to stop a few times and this was one of them when I noticed these fantastic trees and the colourful covering of fallen autumn leaves on the ground. It instantly caught my attention and screamed out "autumn photo opp" very loudly. It is a pretty straight forward image with working the tree into the composition being my main consideration. I wanted the carpet of leaves to lead in with the idea that it would almost entice the viewer to walk through the them. Rainy weather over the previous days kept the scene beautifully fresh and the air on that coldish morning was very crisp and smelled wonderful too.
It was a tricky lighting situation where I was hoping to avoid too much sunlight as it created very harsh highlights in the bright leaves. I had to wait it out for a little bit and choose a moment where there was sufficient clouds passing by to block out most of the sunlight. I did not mind some of it in the background as long as it did not interfere with the main scene. As always in similar conditions, I had my polariser on and that helped to bring out extra saturation in the leaves and to minimise any glare.
It is great to find beautiful unexpected spots such as this one when travelling. It is also a good reminder to always keep your eyes open for opportunities as you never know what you might find just around the next corner.
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