Autumn in New York


It’s a medium that can dramatically change over the course of the day, most notably this time of year since the sun is lower in the sky. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. Close-up and macro shots tend to put a lot of emphasis on a very small point in the frame, so focus and sharpness are important. I also revisit locations several times to observe how things alter. For the FX photographer, I suggest going with wide to telephoto. Keep clutter out of the frame and consider any leading lines or curves that can outline. Highlight the immense variety of tones and bluer skies; frame to convey a story. Fall mornings can get chilly here, and as the air moves over a water source it often produces a low-hanging mist. To intensify richness in the sky and help draw out textural variety and depth, consider an aid such as a Nikon circular polarizer filter. DX NIKKOR lenses are portable and versatile. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. Autumn in New York is a wonderful place to observe the changing colors,” says Lindsay Silverman, senior product manager for the Nikon professional DSLR line. Conditions such as this offer opportunity to create landscape views that contrast sharp to soft (branches and foliage against fog) and warm aside cool (harvest tones against steely liquid tones). Where do you capture autumn’s finest? Nothing says, “It’s fall” better than harvest. If you are a DX shooter, I suggest lenses with focal length ranges from 18mm to 300mm. Water draws my attention. I favor early morning light. For the DX-format, I suggest the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. Here, I love how the sharp patch of trees frames the edge and that you observe the rock jutting out from the water. Also, a tripod and/or lens with VR image stabilization can reduce blur in your images. Chances are you will be shooting handheld and close-in, so watch where shadows fall. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. I’ll hop out of the car to photograph the display, and of course buy a pie. Tips and Tricks from Nikon Senior Product Manager Lindsay Silverman
“I am very lucky to live in a place that has distinct changes of seasons. When framing, consider building distinct levels within your depth of field. Silverman, who has had his hands around a camera since 1974 in order to meet college course requirements, reasons he’s produced several tens of thousand images over the course of his career—from the U.S to Latin America, around Europe and throughout Asia. To really isolate the subject, shoot with a wide aperture that is anywhere from f/1.4 to f/4, depending on the lens. It has a beautiful, yet soft quality that I really like. Loads of locales indeed, yet one of his favorite photo venues will always be New York. I actually use my polarizer to help saturate colors when dew is present, or after the rain. I start by exploring what is within a few blocks of my house here on Long Island. Fall brings dew to foliage, especially in the morning. My favorites include the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. How do you frame an autumn image? All of these lenses allow ample compositional freedom. Some of the newer cameras really make it easy when using Live View, courtesy of the touch screen functionality. I also seek to create photo abstracts that display lots of texture. I love how the sharp patch of trees frames the edge and that you observe the rock jutting out from the water. To intensify richness in the sky and help draw out textural variety and depth, consider an aid such as a Nikon circular polarizer filter. When framing, pick a key element and be judicious about aperture setting. There is a pleasing contrast between the softness of the mist areas and the strong colors of foliage and nature. Reflections in water can create painterly abstracts that show texture, form and shape. Nothing says “It’s fall” better than harvest. What are some must-get seasonal shots? Think pumpkins, gourds and wonderful apple pies observed at roadside stands. First to attract me is color; second is contrast and texture variety. There is a pleasing contrast between the softness of the mist areas and the strong colors of foliage and nature. I like to frame images that clearly show reflections. For traveling light, I recommend the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR. If you want the viewer to see more details, shoot at f/8 to f/16. Photo © Lindsay Silverman. There’s always something to catch my eye over the course of the day. Silverman sat down to offer inspirational thoughts, while dishing up some autumnal pointers. First to attract me is color; second is contrast and texture variety. For ultra-wide views with a full frame camera, the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR work well. Wide views that showcase nature are a must. Nikon cameras offer many options for point of focus determination. Once September hits, we start seeing a gradual shift from greens and blues to the rich and warm tones of fall: tawny brown, red, orange, mustard yellow.