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Golden Fall

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 27 May 2021 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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Another recent image and a little bit of Aussie autumn today from a town called Balingup in the south west part of Western Australia, about 250km south of Perth. There is a lovely open park there with deciduous trees planted that come alive during the fall. There are more and more opportunities in Australia to see the classic colours of autumn that I associate with Europe. A lot of trees have been planted and there are many gardens and parks that can be visited. On this occasion, I could not resist this golden tree as it really stood out from a distance.

One of the reasons for our recent getaway was to see if we could find some autumn leaves in the inland part of the south west. There are a lot of places that we have not been to or have not seen for a long time and it was great to see that indeed, a lot fall foliage and mood can be found in local towns, parks and wineries. We could even smell that autumn scent in the air that we still remember so vividly from our last trip to Europe in 2019. The weather was perfect - a bit of sun, a bit of rain and temperature dropping below twenty degrees celsius.

We planned to have a lot of time just to walk around and take photos when possible. We visited this location a couple of times and the golden tree was definitely my favourite subject. I was able to work with different compositions and ideas in different lighting conditions. I took this one during our first visit and I think that is still my favourite. It worked the best in terms of harmony between all the elements and also allowed to exclude any unwanted fences and posts from the image. I loved the wooded bridge leading in before the golden canopy opened up on the other side. It would be easy to overload the frame with colourful leaves and I always look to see what else I can include in the image to add interest. In this case, the bridge was a great foreground element. I also did not mind the overcast conditions (rain arrived not long after I took this photo), as it minimised the harsh highlights that were present in direct sunlight.

I do love colour in my photography and I still think the golden autumn season is my favourite time of the year. It is closely followed by the wild flower season that we got to experience a lot closer last year but autumn is still it for me. There is something magical about the change of colours and there is beauty even in the time when the leaves fall off and bare branches remain behind. I feel that there is a lot of symbolism about it and that makes it additionally interesting and full of emotion.

Canon EOS R5 1/15 second F/8.0 ISO 200 29 mm

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