Fallen Autumn Leaves, West Virginia

I photographed these fallen leaves in a stream in the Potomac highland region of West Virginia this past autumn. There was a large pool of still water semi-connected to the stream and within it floated a huge number of fallen leaves. Instead of going for close ups, I backed up a bit and let all the leaves fade into a mosaic of different colors and shapes. When photographing complex scenes such as these always be aware of the edges of your frame. While it is usually impossible to not cut off any leaves at the edge of the frame, you can minimize distraction by maintaining as many bright, colorful, or otherwise noticeable leaves (or any other object in other situations - busy forest scenes for example) within the frame and fully intact. The resulting image will seem much more whole as a result. Little details like these often make or break a photograph.

Fallen Autumn Leaves, West Virginia.