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    Nothing says "November" like the air above filled with falling leaves in a gust of wind. Ever try capturing it in action? I spent a little time Sunday on the Champney Falls Trail trying to capture it in a beech stand. It's harder than I thought it would be.

    I was trying to capture motion but the leaves looked like unnatually blurry lines. If I froze them in mid-air they did not stand out as "falling leaves" but instead blended in with the leaves still on branches in the background.

    In the image below I found a sort-of happy medium. I'm thinking it would be better to completely freeze the leaf with a fast shot, but isolate the leave in the open sky with all blue around it so it clearly appears freely falling, thus capturing the fall. This could be surrounded with colorful trees for support of the composition, as long as the falling leaf was completely surrounded by clear sky. However, I am happy with this image.





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    I like it. I really like how you show the motion of the leave falling. You also captured some incredable color.Great job. What would have made it even better is a nice bull moose coming down the trail .

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    Very nice Patrick. As usual your patience and effort pay off. I think you did indeed find the happy medium. I'd be interested in seeing the images on both sides of this (blurred and frozen) to compare. In any case you found a beautiful day to be out in the autumn colors and that's enough reward in itself!
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    Beautiful photo Patrick! It makes me wish I was there right now.
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    I love the picture Patrick.The orange colors are beautiful.You can feel the motion looking at it.

    You are an inspiration to me as a photographer.


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    Did you try panning down with the leaf as it was falling - getting the background to blur? The IS #2 setting on the Canon lens can do that but they only talk about horizontal panning. Not sure what it would do in this case. Interesting attempts and nice shot.
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    I've always tried to get a shot like this myself. Not too successful yet unfortunately. I have one suggestion as I look at your photo. What if you could reduce the depth of field and just freeze the falling leaf in the foreground? That way you wouldn't need the complete isolation of the leaf against the blue sky and the background could be out of focus some. I guess the trick is being able to have that leaf fall at a set distance so you could focus on it. Anyway, just a thought.
    I love the colors you captured in your image by the way. Nice job as always.

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    Patrick, I think you did a very nice job of catching Autumn in motion.

    Am I correct in thinking that perhaps a photo such as this would use techniques somewhat similar to those employed to capture certain action shots at sporting events, such as football, etc?
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