I usually make 2 trips home a year split between springtime and middle of October. All of my family lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior. These trips are usually the only time I ever see my family and I love to explore the area in October for the spectacular fall colors.
My recent trip home included a 50th anniversary party for my parents and an annual drive to Copper Harbor, the very northern most point in Michigan. The drive follows rugged coastlines filled with poplar, white birch, white pine, cedar and evergreens. There's also an old cemetery with gravestones from the early 1800s. It's appropriately spooky right now. At this time of year, everything is in color and my usual middle of October visit means I'm either catching the height of Fall colors, the middle or the end. There's no sure way to predict.
This trip caught Mother Nature's changing colors towards the end, which for the area, is the yellow and gold period. While weather had taken down many leaves, there were still plenty on the trees to afford a spectacular experience. The mainly overcast gray skies enhanced the colors greatly as they popped against the heavy sky.
Any photographer understands the importance of correct exposure and this scenario of fall colors, browns and gray skies made for a challenging mix of exposures. There's much guesswork in setting an exposure that meets your creative view of a scene and technically captures the information you need for a good photo. The photos here all had their challenges, but digital post production offers many tools to create images that show what I felt is what I saw. I hope you enjoy them.