Autumn is Here

Autumn is most definitely here then. It seems that we went from a few leaves on the ground to a sharp dip in temperature and piles of leaves in no time at all. It's my favourite time of year - the injection of colour into all the trees never fails to take my breath away. It's also the last time in the year when colour photography pays dividends and it's always worth carrying your camera with you.

This week I have spent a lot of time along the Water of Leith near Stockbridge. It's a very peaceful place to be which is odd really as it is in the heart of the city, but that is Edinburgh for you. A few days this week I have set off with my DSLR and tried to capture the autumn colours and low sun peeking through trees. It's early days yet for the colours but it made me quite excited about the weeks to come. Colour film and I don't get along (something I will talk about in the future) but this week has inspired me to capture the peak of the autumn colour on a vivid colour film. Maybe we can rekindle our relationship.

I also spent a lot of time playing with black and white on my DSLR. I am looking to buy the next size up in colour filters for one of my cameras and decided to experiment with what I have on the DSLR to see which are essential. This didn't go so well and only made me determined to crack the problem of using them on a digital medium rather than film. With film I know where I am at - I know how the film will react to the filters and the result I will get. With digital, however, there are so many automatic options that are trying to correct what the filters are doing that I ended up trying to solve it rather than decide on what to get.

So this week we have lot of autumn colour, low sun, and black and white filter nonsense. I hope you enjoy.