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Posted by Teresa Hanafin  October 1, 2008 05:37 PM

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Red Maple
The leaves of a red maple glowed brightly against the trunks of white birch trees along Route 16 near the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road. (Globe Photo/Mark Wilson)

As Arnold Kaplan pointed out in his item about good spots in Vermont to shoot foliage, it's the season to try to capture those vivid colors in interesting ways. Over the next few weeks e-mail your best fall foliage shots and I'll post them. Meanwhile, here's a sample of photos from the Globe's photography staff that may help you think about how to shoot these classic pictures in interesting ways.

In the photo above, for example, Mark Wilson used the sharp contrast of the reddish-orange leaves and the white birch to create a striking image. John Blanding did the same in this shot:

Church and foliage
Early color on leaves at the Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church in Harpswell, Maine hinted at the foliage season to come. (Globe Photo/John Blanding/File 1997)

Often, including another element in your shot helps lend context, balance, or just some interest to the photo, as in these shots:

Bike and tree
A bike leaned on a tree with the hues of autumn foliage all around
on the Williams College campus. (Globe Photo/John Tlumacki/File 2006)
Woman with umbrella
A woman stopped for a photo of foliage near the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road as a red maple radiated color behind her. (Globe Photo/Mark Wilson)
Kids and foliage
Two children chased each other around amidst fall's splendor.
(Globe Photo/John Tlumacki/File 1995)
Leaves and passerby
Brilliant orange leaves graced a tree and framed a passerby in Boston's Public Garden.
(Globe Photo/John Tlumacki/File 2000)

If you own a wide-angle lens, you can get pretty creative, as David L. Ryan did:

Wide-angle tree
Colorful leaves fell from a tree in a yard on Main Street in Hanover.
(Globe Photo/David L. Ryan/File 1997)

Don't take all of your foliage shots from a distance. The following photos demonstrate that getting up close can have tremendous impact.

Foliage and sky
Maple leaves in Dover started to turn color. (Globe Photo/Bill Greene/File 2000)
Foliage and sky 2
The sun caught maple leaves starting their annual fall ritual.
(Globe Photo/Bill Greene/File 2000)
Leaves on Concord River
Sugar maple leaves floated in the Concord River near North Bridge
in Minuteman National Historic Park. (Globe Photo/Mark Wilson/File 2003)
Fall foliage, close up
Fall foliage, close up (Globe Photo/Lane Turner/File 1995)

And finally, sometimes the best shot comes not from shooting foliage directly, but rather capturing its reflected glory:

Canoe and foliage
A canoe sat on the banks of Corcoran Pond as foliage from the nearby White Mountains was reflected in the water. (Globe Photo/John Tlumacki/File 1995)
Geese and foliage
Two Canada geese glided by as the water of the Public Garden glowed
with the colors of fall foliage. (Globe Photo/John Tlumacki/File 2000)
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