Shooting Fall Without the Colors in Utah

Posted September 23rd, 2013 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I was in Utah this last weekend for a friend’s wedding and took an extra day to shoot images near Park City and Wasatch Mountain State Park. I was staying in the Heber Valley, and could see some red showing up in the mountains from maple trees that were starting to turn. With my curiosity piqued, I thought there might be some aspens that had started to turn yellow, so I made a quick exploratory trip in search of an image of fall colors.

Driving up into the mountains on an old mountain road, I parked my car at around 8,000 feet elevation and trekked into an aspen grove. To my dismay, the trees were as green as can be with no hint of autumn color. So, I did what every good photographer does when they don’t find what they are looking for; I changed my goals. Rather than halting my creative process because the landscape scene wasn’t panning out, I simply changed my approach and decided to make what was in front of me look beautiful. Here are a few images from my failed fall colors aspen grove trip.


aspen grove and sun star

Since the aspen trees hadn’t started turning to their fall colors yet, I improvised and worked with the existing scene to try and create “summer colors” photo.

aspen pano b&W

Here’s a black and white panorama of the aspen grove. Image taken with Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8. Processed in Lightroom 5 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

maple leaf

I was dying to get at least one fall color image, so I held a tiny little maple leaf to the sun for a simple image.


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