Let’s face it, a beautiful fall like this one tends to bring out in the inner “leafers” in all of us, flocking to the nearest forest to take pictures of Michigan’s spectacular burning autumn colors. What’s disappointing though is that most of the images on our Facebook feeds kind of look the same. But, if you’re willing to try something new, you might breathe some new life into this October’s leafing ritual.
If you’re an amateur photographer with a decent camera or DSLR, we recommend taking a Fish Eye lens along for the trip. If you don’t have one already, Bower makes an affordable one that can add lots of fun to your next colorful expedition. For one thing, you’ll find that you can fit the whole tree into the frame without standing 100 yards away.
Here’s the fun part. Go ahead and twist the camera in your hand while you’re taking the shot! Where longer lenses might just produce a blurry mess, the forgiving nature of a super-wide fisheye produces a beautiful whirlwind of color. You’ll have to experiment with how much twist and what’s in the center of your frame, but it can be a lot of fun.