Fall Colors – Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

There is so much beauty in this world that I’m always amazed when we overload our photographs or artwork with unnecessary items – all the overlays, props, textures, etc.  While sometimes these things can enhance an image, oftentimes they are overdone because we get carried away.  Have you ever made dinner and you kept adding more ingredients thinking it was going to taste better, but it had the opposite effect?  That’s the same thing that happens in photography.

The things around us do not need so much fluff if we just find their beauty.  True art is about the feeling a viewer gets when looking at an image – the composition, the lighting, the angles – all add to the feel of an image.  You can’t just take a picture of anything and throw a bunch of stuff on top.  Well, you can, but you probably shouldn’t 😉  If you ever feel your photography is missing something, instead of adding to it afterwards, go back to the beginning – the moment when the image is shot.  If you consider composition, lighting, angle, etc. at the origin of your photograph, you will feel your image is much more complete later.

I walked out this morning and shot a little of fall before it disappears.

This is what I think is a hawk that keeps circling around our property.  Of all days not to have my 70-200 mm on my camera.




I have never seen anything like this before.  It is called British Soldier Lichen and is growing on some wood next to our shed.
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orange-leaf…and of course another shot of Pixie… because she goes so well with fall colors!fall-colors-horses


About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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