Last fall color fling

October 20, 2010

Faith Outdoors

I took advantage of beautiful fall colors just in the nick of time. Last Friday, I had the privilege of doing senior photos of my coworker’s granddaughter, Paige (see photo).

In many years, the colors are just peaking at this time. However, things are early this year and leaves are already falling off the trees. So, I’m glad I scheduled the shoot when I did.

It was a beautiful day with sunshine and light winds. Actually, wind can be my biggest problem. It can wreak havoc with hair, plus it can blow over the battery-powered studio light that I use outdoors to cast nice light on my subject.

We tried several spots in and around the Cathedral with excellent results. Amazingly, in addition to turning leaves, we also found some flowers still in bloom. Just around the corner from the Cathedral parking lot, we spotted a small cluster of purple flowers that worked marvelously. With tight cropping and a zoom lens, a little color goes a long way.

At the very end, we found a wall of ivy that was showing brilliant color. It made a great backdrop for Paige and the navy blue jacket and striped scarf she was wearing. What a way to finish the shoot!

Just two days later, I took my son, Andy, out for his senior pictures. We went to the University of St. Catherine, one of my all-time favorite spots. I was shocked to see the colors were almost gone. We were able to find one small tree sapling with red leaves, and that was it. But, there also were a few trees where the leaves hadn’t turned, so I was able to at least have a green backdrop for his photos.

I always enjoy the fall color, but I get sad that it will be at least six months before the leaves return. I wouldn’t trade the changing seasons, but it’s tough right after the trees become barren. This is precisely why I have come to enjoy deer hunting so much. It gives me something to look forward to during a month that could otherwise be very dull and drab.

The color I now hope to see is the tan winter coat of a whitetail deer.

About Dave Hrbacek

Staff photographer and writer for The Catholic Spirit. Also, avid outdoors enthusiast with a passion for hunting, fishing and photography. Married to Julie and have four children, three boys and a girl.

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