The Creek In Autumn
The colors of fall in the Wisconsin north woods can be mesmerizing at times. Such was the day when I visited this area of the state in mid-October.
I’ve visit this small creek each time I travel to northern Wisconsin, surveying for potential photo opportunities with the right conditions. Although I have seen some color along the shoreline previously, on this day, it was most attractive.
It was almost 1pm when I stopped the first time that day. The sky was cloudy, though allowing the sun to break through frequently. I’m looking east, with the sun on the right. Being fall, it was not as high in the sky as in summer.
As I walked near a culvert where the creek ran through, the colors where most inspiring. With the lower angle of the sun, the northern shoreline, especially about half way into the scene, was well lit. Shade was prevalent on the southern shoreline. This combination played well in providing the depth needed for the stream.
LEADING WITH THE STREAM
Rather than isolating a small segment of the stream, I wanted to capture the colors of the north woods, using the stream to lead the viewer’s eye deep into the image.
Do you follow the creek upstream to the fallen logs? Once at the logs, do you then pause, observing the shorelines before continuing upstream?
If so, that was my goal for this image. The fallen logs make great “natural stops”. Once at the log, you are greeted with the illuminated colorful leaves of the northern shoreline.
Everything Comes Together
There are two overhanging branches, one from each side of the creek. With somewhat careful placement, these two branches in combination create a “frame” around the furthest section of the stream and sky.
The furthest downed log across the creek creates an end point to the stream. We are only left to wonder what lies upstream from this log.
At this junction, we are rewarded to the continuing northwoods autumn colors topped with a brief glimpse of the blue and partly cloudy sky.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14340
1Ds Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM
focal length 16mm
ISO 50, 1/4 second, f/20
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Steven’s Creek, near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin