I have been reading a book by photographer/author Tom Ang and one suggestion that resonated with me was the idea of taking on a photo project. The timing worked well as there is a tree on my street that is phenomenal and I always wondered about how quickly the leaves turn, what the process looks like, etc.
So, on October 1st, I began taking shots of the tree. I have, as Ang predicted, learned a lot while doing the project. For instance, it is important, when documenting change in the form I am, to take your shot from the same spot each time. This is something I did not really realize until the last few days of shooting. The same time of day would be great, too, but work tends to be unpredictable and therefore I have had to take some shots early and others late in the day.
I have taken less joy from taking shots of the whole tree and much more enjoyment from doing close up shots of the leaves. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; learning (again and again) that I prefer the world closeup to the big picture.
So far, these are some of my favourite shots and some shots of the tree progressing through its fall wardrobe. I will figure out, some time after all the leaves have fallen, how I want to present my final “project”. It probably will figure itself out.