This autumn offered a wonderful pallet of golden, red, and brown hues for some perfect autumn dog photography. This year we travelled to the Scottish borders at the turn of the season, and came back home to a stunning spread of yellows, oranges, and browns.
Some lucky customers took advantage of the season for some glorious autumn dog portraits.
At this time of year the sunsets come in earlier, and last much longer, creating wonderful back-lighting trough woodlands, and highlighting all of the warm hues in the leaves. The soft quality to the light accentuates the texture in the grass and fallen leaves, and provides the perfect portrait lighting.
On the sunnier days, finding some woodland shade is the perfect way to achieve a beautiful look. Allowing the low sunlight to scatter through the leaves, diffusing over our scene, illuminates the background, and lights our subject softly. There’s enough contrast to pick out the textures in the dog’s coat, in the bark of the trees, and the texture of the earth and moss. Colours remain strong and vibrant, not washed out by the bright direct sunlight.
On another occasion we had a close call with the weather forecast. Rain was predicted, but it pays to take a chance. On the hour of the photo shoot we had only a few spots of rain. Shooting so close to sunset, when the clouds broke the sun was low enough in the sky to scatter light back off the bottom of the clouds, creating a soft, warm light with perfect contrast.
This scattering of light is perfect for portrait photography, and with breaks in the clouds we found beautiful blue highlights, a lovely contrast against the deep oranges and amber, and browns. Having great light and colour allows more freedom to focus on composing the portrait, without having to compromise for the light, many more options became available.
Autumn truly is a magical time for outdoor photography and as a very short lived, unique period of the year it has a very special place in my heart. With autumn almost over, and winter on the horizon, the landscape will change once again. I wonder what magical photographic opportunities will the next season will bring?