Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Racing to capture fall beauty before winter

As trees prepare to shed their leaves, chlorophyll production drops and the beautiful colors from pigments like carotenes (oranges) and anthocyanins (yellows) shine through.


iReporters rushed to capture seasonal hues before the cold, snowy season. Some had less time than they thought.


John McGraw of Lansing, Michigan, took a weeklong road trip through his state in early October. He saw the Upper Peninsula and drove Highway 2 with Lake Michigan flanking his right. He also visited Traverse City and St. Ignace.


"At times, it was really tough to keep my eyes on the road," he said of his gorgeous journey.



The San Juan Mountains in Hinsdale County were glowing bright yellow when Greg Ochocki of Lake City, Colorado, brought out his camera at the end of September. He said warm weather brought the color later than usual. He used high dynamic range (HDR) photography techniques to show off the colors in the mountains.



The weather wasn't working in everyone's favor. Early snowfall created an interesting mix of fall colors and snow along the East Coast of the United States. Kevin Ding of Armonk, New York, shot photos of fall leaves and snow together at Columbia University on October 29.



For some, the mixture of snow and the harvest season proved a bit amusing. Jayanth Devasundaram of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, noted an "interesting combination of fall and winter symbols" in his area. He photographed a deer in the snow, as well as fall colors and a thematic snowman and even a scarecrow figurine covered in the white fluff of wintry weather.



Can you see fall leaves in your area? Are they still there, just beginning, or are they covered in snow? We'd love to hear your tips for finding and photographing fall foliage. Comment below and tell us what you're seeing in your area, or share your photos and video of the leaves or snow (or both) here on CNN iReport.

November 3, 2011
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first 2 photos look terrible.. too much post-processing

November 3, 2011
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The second image is actually HDR as we noted in the post. We generally advocate a "less is more" approach when it comes to photo processing. That being said, we thought the first two images were lovely landscapes.

November 3, 2011
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Several years ago we took the same route through Michigan. Cross over the Mackinac Bridge heading North and just a few miles over, there is a rest stop. In middle October, it is absolutely beautiful and explodes with fall colors from the Maple trees. You can't miss it if your driving along the highway, heading North, it's on your left.

November 3, 2011
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Would have never picked number 2 as HDR.  It's not over processed at all.

November 3, 2011
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Not too much snow where I am, but I can always hope!

November 16, 2011
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I have never seen snow. My hometown is by the sea.

November 19, 2011
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Loving pics !


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