This is the first post in our new series on photography by local photographer Joshua Drazil
With fall now well underway in Elk Grove, the last thing you want to do is put your camera away! During the spring we see an abundance of beautiful images of butterflies, flowers, and landscapes which lends to the idea that during the fall the world becomes dark, cold and dreary which could not be further from the truth! While it might be chilly out, it sometimes rains, and it gets darker much faster, the fall season remains a wonderful time of the year to shoot stunning photography; even in Elk Grove and its surroundings areas. With rain follows striking colors, not-so-harsh shadows on your portrait subjects (good lighting!), autumn leaves, and brilliant sunsets.
Some ideas for fall photography may include: shooting on a foggy night during the fall on Elk Grove Florin Road at our local park.
Halloween is behind us, but tis the season still for pumpkin patches and fun times at local family farms. This image was taken in the fall at Keema’s Pumpkin Farm.
Or you may find yourself with the photography bug, but it is raining outside. Why not take it indoors like to the state capitol which is only a short drive to Downtown Sacramento?
And who doesn’t love a short trip to Apple Hill for some hot apple cider, apple donuts, and a sweet apple pie? Well, bring your camera along because it is yet another fantastic opportunity for fall photography.
There seems to be a temptation to fall into a fare-weather-photography mindset, but I challenge you—the reader—to bundle up, get outside, remove your cameras from hibernation, and see what the September through December months have to offer. And not just see, but truly see the wonders of fall. Just remember, it’s like the photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo said, “The word ‘art’ is very slippery. It really has no importance in relation to one’s work. I work for the pleasure, for the pleasure of the work, and everything else is a matter for the critics.” It is not about what others think of your photography; all that truly matters is that you find joy within it.