Autumn will soon be descending upon us with a determined rapidity which opens doors to new photographic subjects. From the golden tones of Autumn to birds who are preparing for their long voyages to warmer climates for the Winter, photographers have ample opportunities to brush-up on their outdoor photography skills at this time of year.
To help you figure out where your tripod needs to be and in what direction your lens needs to be pointed, here's a quick guide to what's waiting to be photographed this September.
Animals & Birds
Summer insect numbers are now starting to dwindle, but food sources are still abundant as berries and nuts ripen while the summer draws to a close. Birds that are heading for warmer climes south of the Sahara will be feeding up and putting on weight for the long flight ahead so do keep your feeds stocked up. The bird species that will stay here for the Winter may also be storing food for the colder months ahead.
The Jay, for instance, will push nuts such as acorns into soft ground for later retrieval. Some will be retrieved, some not, and a few will germinate, thus ensuring the long-term survival of the woodlands. Squirrels too will be spending their days storing fallen nuts and the little Wood Mouse will eagerly consume those that they miss. Squirrels can be seen throughout the day and can, with care, be closely approached which makes it a little easier to capture shots of them.
Even the natural native carnivores, such as the Fox and the Badger are known to become fruit eaters at this time of year and an early morning staked out watching a bramble patch can pay photographic dividends. Set yourself up downwind with a long lens to give yourself a greater chance of capturing a shot of one of these mammals.
Photo by Rick Hanson
Landscape & Habitat
September is when the woodland canopy begins to change from the proverbial forty shades of green into wonderful golds, browns, yellows and glorious hues of reddish umber. Although this is a gradual process, with different species changing at slightly different times, the best of it can be over very quickly if it's stormy.
On the other hand, as the canopy opens out, the woodland floor gains more light and the fascinating world of fungi gives you plenty of opportunities to capture fascinating macros. The colours and shapes are infinitely variable, ranging from drab to spectacular and they don’t run or fly away, so some time can be spent setting up the shot. It is an area where you can use your imagination and creative skills so it's well-worth exploring.
Photo by David Pritchard
Think About A Zoo Or Wildlife Park Visit
As the children return to school, many of the summer attractions begin to wind down for the quieter months. However, wildlife parks and zoos are still open to visitors and as the mayhem of the school holidays is over, there's more space around enclosures and less noise so animals are more likely to come out. This means you'll have more time to capture your wildlife shots without another visitor banging your elbows or getting in front of your lens. It also means staff will probably a little less busy so will have more time to answer any questions you may have.
Photo by Joshua Waller
If the weather is really not playing ball, you can turn your attention to organising photos in Lightroom or how about capturing some still life work? There's also plenty of competitions to keep you busy such as our 'Portrait' photography competition sponsored by LumeJet. There's also still time to enter the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year competition which closes to entries on 15 September 2016.
If you have any September-themed photography suggestions, please do list them below in the comments and don't forget to share your Autumnal shots in our gallery.