There are a scant few weekends left before we close up the cottage for the season. And while this past weekend was mostly overcast, it provided some great opportunities for capturing fall color. Some don't realize that overcast skies are actually great for shooting fall leaves, chiefly due to the reduction in contrast. With the lack of strong shadows, you can focus on subtle detail, richer color close up and in larger landscapes, avoid situations where you are battling with excessively bright highlights and deep, dark shadows.
The trick - often, not always - to shooting fall color on an overcast day is to minimize the percentage of cloud cover in your photos. When that grey sky is nothing but a dull, monotone backdrop with no detail or texture, it usually doesn't improve your images. It can even make them appear less vibrant and interesting.
I'm the first to admit that I take full advantage of Adobe Lightroom when processing my fall shots (teaser - I was also testing out something new to process some of my work but can't say more than that). Original RAW files are often dull when imported and the last thing you want in autumn shots is dull.
This series is from two different areas around Rice Lake: River Road in Asphodel-Norwood Township, and Villiers Line, the road into the cottage.
Observation: I didn't realize it at the time, but I was really making use of shallow depth of field in many images. This wasn't a lighting/exposure restriction so much as a sub-conscious creative choice.