Shooting Challenge: 13 Inspiring Autumn Shots

It's been a wet start to the season, which has made for some interesting effects in this week's shooting challenge results. Click through to see how 13 Giz readers interpreted this week's "autumn" theme.

M Chan

This is the view from the front door of a friend's home in Belowra Valley, where I was visiting the past two days. I loved the contrast of the orange and red-leafed trees and the tiny speck of a white umbrella against the yellow paddock. I don't have a digital camera (I'm terrible with cameras), and my iPhone 4 was running very low on power, so I took about 10 shots in quick succession using the Camera+ app without viewing the results and could hardly wait till I got home this evening to charge my iPhone and load the photos onto my laptop. I saw the Autumn shooting challenge post on Gizmodo while importing the photos and it seemed appropriate to enter. I tweaked the photo using the Scenes function in Camera+, then cropped it in iPhoto.

Gregor Lichtfuss

Autumn sunset over Melbourne. It's been quite hazy over the city, but I gave it a try anyway. Shot was taken from the top floor of an apartment building in Middle Park, looking over Middle Park, Albert Park and South Melbourne towards the Eureka Tower in the CBD. It looks like it's slightly late for the autumn challenge around here already, as most leaves have fallen already. Used a Canon EOS 7D with an EF70-200mm USM at 150mm focal length, ISO100, f/32 (Aperture priority) and 1:15, and a quick touch-up in Apple's Aperture for level adjustment (to make the most of (or rather least) of the haze).

Peter Baldwin

Camera: iPhone 4 EXIF Summary:1/120s, f/2.8, ISO100, 3.85mm Our American cousins refer to autumn as "fall" - because that's what happens - leaves fall from the trees. Thanks to a Robinia tree in our front yard, we spend hours getting rid of the leaves at this time of year. Add some rain, like Sydney is having, and it becomes even more difficult. I tried to capture the endless task of sweeping the leaves up.

David Foggin

Woke up at 5am on a misty Anzac Day in Melbourne and saw the sun streaming through the mist and it was lighting up the Japanese Maple so much that the all the colours of Autumn where seen in one tree

The Picture was taken on a Nikon D3100 DSLR with a 18-55mm Kit Lens @ 50mm with an aperture of f/5.6 @ ISO 400 and shutter speed of 1/80sec.

Hasara Fernando

Camera Used: Nikon D60 Lens: 35 mm 1:1.8 ISO: 1600

I was having dinner with some friends in Darlinghurst and noticed the leaves on the ground. It was pouring down, but when there was a lull in the rain I was able to take this photo. It seems to be raining for most of this autumn, so figured the somewhat wet footpath and leave symbolised this.

Adam Gavin

So this is a picture that i took Saturday morning. The timing of this challenge was absolutely perfect, my best mate took his son to get photos taken cos it was autumn and i thought id tag along. This particular photo was taken after the kookaburra swooped him as we got out the car.

The camera is a Nikon D3000 with a 55mm – 200mm nikor lens. I have edited this a little bit in CS5 to make the leaves more vibrant and reduce abit of the noise. f 5, iso 600.

Ben Foster

Camera - Canon 7D Lens - Canon 18-135mm f3.5 ISO - f5.6 Shutter - 2 sec ISO - 100

I took this out on my street in Melbourne on Sunday night - in the rain. I ended up with three shots that I liked and really hard to pick one! Being an old inner eastern suburb the large developed trees always look fantstic during Autumn.

Narelle Jenkins

This pic was taken with an iPhone 4 using the Gorillacam app for the shot and the Camera+ app for cropping, border and colors. This is one of the last of the heritage apples left on a sole survivor of a long gone orchard. Nothing says autumn for me more than apples and falling leaves on one of those crisp sunny mornings after the fog has cleared. The birds had beaten me to this one though!

Evan Beissel

I went searching for some Autumn colour, but found mainly dull brown leaves or trees that were yet to turn. This tree was the exception, found on a street not far from my house and shot in the mid-late afternoon sun. If I din't know otherwise I could almost be convinced that this picture was take amidst groves of trees in all their autumnal beauty. I really like the way the sun shines on the colourful leaves as they show their greatest vibrancy just before they fall. Shot with my Nikon D60 and Nikon 35mm f1.8 lens (f6.3, 1/160s, ISO100).

Daniel Aulsebrook

Took this photo on the weekend. The brilliant red/pink leaves against a really rich green moss caught my eye.

I have only just made the change from film to digital - but coming from using Velvia, I still love really saturated colours.

I shot this in the late afternoon (you may be able to see that in the quality of the light). It was shot on a Nikon D700, Nikon 50mm 1.8D, ISO 200, Aperture Priority.

Hope you like it!

Shane Harvey

I've attached a picture of some mushrooms growing in the leaves that coat my backyard. I used the largest aperture possible on the lens to isolate the mushrooms in the bed of auburn leaves. The shot is an HDR of five photos and was taken with a Canon 5D M2 with a EF24-105mm lens at 70mm and at f4. I've also played with the white balance and vibrance in photoshop/camera raw to help further isolate the mushrooms. I feel that maybe I should say more about the little buggers, add some insight into their fungal world, but the reality is I stepped over them while taking the garbage out and thought they'd make a good shot for this week.

Kevin Cheng

Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens Hoya Circular Polarising Filter

Settings: 1/400 sec ISO-200 Focal length 65 mm

The changing colours of the leaves caught my eye, it is to me the quintessential autumn look. I took this close to sunset down the road from my office when the light cast a nice warm shimmering effect with the bokeh. Photo is SOOC (Straight Out of Camera).

Mitch Swan

I wanted something unique this week. So I took inspiration from a dual meaning for "Fall" as Autumn and a fallen warrior's weapon. In this pic is a traditional Japanese martial arts Sai. The fact that it is dug into the ground also reflects on it's origins as a farming implement to plow fields and plant rice when Okinawan farmers were forbidden from carrying weaponry.

Or, perhaps it is a manifestation of a madness brought on by taking so many tree photos lately.

Pic was taken with a Canon 600d, my 'nifty fifty' lens, f2.2, 1/100sec, ISO 100, Gimp post processing to add an unsharp mask and alter the colours in the shadows / midtones to emphasise the drama of the shot.

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