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Portland view on the waterfront, OR

[/caption] Fall weather can be hit or miss when trying to photograph the changing of the vegetation along the riverfront near downtown Portland. Either the vegetation hasn’t started to peak yet or the trees are just starting to change. The weather is the culprit when missing the best opportunities since I normally find myself standing in a rain storm as the trees reach their peak color. This photo shows a storm moving in from the west and the vegetation is just about to peak. Unfortunately, the rain stayed for several days and the trees peaked and then started losing their leaves before the skies cleared. This is a classic scenario that repeats itself almost every year. However, this particular day wasn’t at a total loss since the clouds were pretty cool and I was able to saturate the city and the trees as well as separate the clouds from each other in order to create a really cool contrast in the sky. Since I was riding my mt. bike, I didn’t have a tripod to steady any of my shots but the sky was pretty well lit and I just made sure to keep a steady hand. However, it was pretty difficult since it was really cold and I made the mistake of wearing short. My day was also cut short since my saddle was coming lose and I forgot to bring my wrench to tighten it. I was using my Canon T1i and my Sigma 17-70mm lens. I set the focal length at 42mm and attached my CIR-PL and warming filter. I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -0.7 and the camera mode in Program/Normal. This made the aperture set at F-5.7 and the shutter speed at 1/128 second. The photo was taken at about 11:30mm so the sun was at about a 90 degree angle with little light due to the cloudy skies. However, the clouds did create a very bright light and overexposed setting.

Fall foliage at Champoeg State Heritage Area, OR

[/caption] One of the best places to pay homage to the Fall colors in Oregon is the Willamette Vally. You can photograph the vineyards, trees, agriculture as well as the forested hills. I normally like to head out on a sunny, cold, dry and foggy morning and drive along the agriculture or winery areas and then look for the best possible photography opportunity. However, Champoeg State Heritage Park is a great place to visit if you want to do a little hiking along the Willamette river and photograph the many trees changing colors. It’s a huge park and is absolutely crazy during the summertime but Autumn and early Fall is almost completely void of anyone. There is even an area where you can camp with a tent or RV. This particular photo was taken just before the tree peaked. However, you can see just how dynamic and brilliant the colors are. What really drew me to this photo was the color of the sky. It’s so blue and well saturated that it looks great with the yellow in the foreground. I made sure to include the sky in the upper part and right hand corner of the photo in order to show the brilliant color of the blue sky. This tree probably peaked the very next day but unfortunately A huge rainstorm was supposed to be moving in and this was my only shot at getting these photos. I was using my Canon Rebel T1i along with my Canon 18-55mm lens. I had the focal length at 29mm and I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch in order to avoid any camera shake. I actually took this photo two years ago but I wanted to post it since Autumn/Fall is almost here. It was taken at about 4:00pm and the sun was just behind the trees. I attached my CIR-PL and warming filter and set the ISO to 100 and the white balance at -0.7 and with the camera mode at Program/Normal the aperture was automatically set at F-5 and the shutter speed at 1/50 second.