Autumn's last gasp
I love photographing nature towards the end of autumn when the colors have lost their early showy brilliance and have begun settling into shades of muted, decaying browns. I spotted these leaves on a bike ride along the Hudson River and went back to photograph them the next day with a Nikon D600 and 60mm macro lens. For the most part, I used the lens at a wide open aperture to achieve a very shallow depth of field. An overcast day helped tame the colors with a lower contrast.