I’ve been pretty wordy in my last few journal entries here and so today I’ll try to keep it short(ish)!
I have to be honest about something. I was extremely busy this past Autumn and didn’t get a chance to get out and shoot for myself as much as I had hoped.
And this is a big BUT!!
Wait, no, I didn’t say you had a big butt…ugh…let me start again.
The one thing that has happened is that I’ve made some really great photos this fall and sadly I’ve been so busy that I have not even had time to go through and process all of the images. So over the coming weeks my hope is that I can find the time to go through them and narrow them down to a cohesive narrative that I can then share with you guys and gals right here! So stay tuned!
Today I’m just going to share a couple of my early favorites from the handful I’ve had a chance to go through and process. As always, these were all made on Fuji X Series cameras, processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic using the amazing Rebecca Lily Premium Color Grading system, Pro Set IV to be specific.
There is this brief window in Autumn here in Northern Minnesota, in which you have the leaves either at peak color or just slightly past peak colors. Most of the reds have disappeared as the maple trees have dropped their leaves already, but the oranges and golds dominate the forest. From the birches, popples(aspens) and oaks to even the beautiful Tamarack, the forest blazes in a golden glory before everything goes dim. The final leaves hit the ground and the trees once again are bare and ready for the coming winter.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
I love that quote about Autumn being the second Spring and feel like in many ways it perfectly sums up the fall season. There’s a renewed energy I feel in the fall, as the leaves turn and the air becomes crisp. Also a sadness at the brevity of Autumn, how quickly the stunning display of beauty by nature is wiped away and covered under the winter blanket for yet another year. It’s a season that leaves me feeling the most contemplative of life, more than any other time of year. More aware of the passage of time and how brief our time on this planet really is. Ultimately Autumn is the best example of the process of learning to celebrate the endings or loss rather than let it drag us down in sadness. Autumn doesn’t mourn the loss of Summer, it celebrates in it’s most beautiful collection of colors and gives complete joy until the last leaves fall and the snow settles in for a peaceful winter slumber.
Here are just a few of my early favorites from my Golden Rules of Autumn collection from a beautiful morning up here this fall of 2017.