Autumn – possibly my favourite season and these beech leaves epitomise the colour that can be found in woodlands during this season. I love the mixture of yellows, oranges and greens that are the last gesture of nature before the dormancy of winter sets in. This type of shot is deceptively simple – you just point your camera and shoot don’t you ? Well no – first of all you have to select your patch of leaves, I took a long time to find an area where the background did not intrude too much – the background here was the river which you can see by the occasional patch of blue. Secondly – the quality of your leaves has to be assessed – not too many shrivelled and decaying leaves, finding good quality specimens in the field is always a challenge. Thirdly the balance of colours needs to be chosen – find a patch where you have a good mixture of colours and try not to include areas where one colour dominates. Last get the whole lot in focus. I was using my 105mm macro lens and consequently the depth of field was quite shallow and it took some time to adjust the camera on the tripod so that the lens and the leaves were in the same plane. I think the whole exercise was worth it and I was really pleased with my shot.