When Plans Don’t Work Out – Fall Foliage Edition
by Alan Winslow – November 13th, 2018
Sometimes plans don’t work out. And it’s OK. It all started a couple of weeks ago. The air in NYC has been getting cooler and the days shorter. That could only mean one thing. It’s time to photograph the fall foliage (we here at X-Rite get excited about all the colors). If you have ever had the pleasure of walking in the woods during peak fall foliage on a good year, it is magical! Here in the North East, the window for peak leaves is short, often a couple of days. An unusually heavy day of wind or rain can knock all the leaves down, and you are out of luck until next year.
So we waited, patiently; watching the New York Foliage Report go through its cycle No Change – Just Changing – MidPoint – Near Peak – Peak – hoping we wouldn’t see the dreaded Past Peak. The whole time watching our news feed of incredible images coming from further north.
A couple of days ago we saw our window Near Peak/Peak in the Catskill Mountains! The next morning we packed our camera bags jumped on the metro north and headed out of the city.
We pulled out of the city thrilled to have a day exploring the woods taking in the sights and smells of fall. As we pushed further north, we noticed that the leaves had changed either very little or not at all. We silently hoped they had changed a little further up the track. Finally, we arrived at our trailhead. In front of us lied a lush green woods not a burst of color. It turns out the map was slightly off. We laughed it off and hit the trail.
Quickly we had to change our photographic approach. We fell back on our basic composition rules to try and make fun frames. All in all, photographing the natural world is difficult, and sometimes it doesn’t give us what we initially want. In the end, it’s OK because any day out photographing is a great day.
We hope you enjoy the images as much as we had making them, even if they’re a little more green then we would have liked.
Has something like this ever happened to you? Share your stories in the comments below.