I'm going to run a little series and it's all about why I keep banging on my Facebook page about Autumn being the best time of year for taking photographs. Whilst the assumption remains that summer must be best because the weather is more likely to be better (*cough cough*), the truth in my world of taking photographs is that Autumn (and Winter) is where it's at. I know I know I know there are a lot of reasons to believe otherwise; like the kids have only just gone back to school and everyone is still smarting from the wallet-ectomy that is buying school uniforms. Or because it's all eyes on the all consuming event that is Christmas and it's overwhelming enough to just think about everything that Christmas entails. Or because it's colder and will probably rain. I could go on. And I can answer all those. Photographs will never be an essential but they are never ever a regretted expense. With Christmas looming there's nothing lovelier than giving the Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles a lovely framed family photo. Plus nothing gets a smile from a small person like the prospect that Father Christmas is most likely watching them during the shoot ;). And the weather? Well... As I will explain... That's the best bit!
So! Reasons it's brilliant taking photographs in the Autumn?
#1 Sunbursts and lens flares. Did you know the sun is closer to the earth in the Autumn and Winter months? But the reason this doesn't make us any warmer is because of the angle it hits the earth. The angle it hits the earth, however, does make for much better use in photographs. Low suns can be squeezed in to portraits. When the suns high in the sky it's of very little use to a photograph but low? That's when we can use it to pretty up the most ordinary and uninspiring of photographs, like my kids on the swings, with sunbursts and lens flare!
And here's a few examples...