Make no mistake: Autumn made a brief cameo in the sitcom of seasonal change but winter is coming and he’s angry, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli. While I feel fortunate for having at least a few opportunities to photograph the foliage color change in Oregon this season, I feel that the annual phrase, “Where did the Fall go?” must be uttered. Winter advisories and arctic conditions sound a clear alarm that winter doesn’t want to waste any time. I guess its time to break out the long johns and heavy duty boots because those waterfall trails are about to get even more interesting again. With that said, I took this photo a few weeks ago at Bridal Veil Falls. Fortunately, the area was pretty deserted but that doesn’t matter much because there is plenty of room to spread out. I thought I’d have to place some of these brilliantly colored leaves in specific areas but nature took care of that for me. I just composed and shot.

I took this photo with my Sony a7R and Sony A-Mount 70-400mm super telephoto lens. I was able to cut out virtually all of the glare and reflections from the rocks by using my trusty Formatt-Hitech 105mm circular polarizer. And, true to form, the camera was kept stable and still thanks to my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. Stylization was done by applying a custom preset from my latest Lightroom preset collection called Big Country.