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    Posted October 10, 2012 by
    Montpelier, Vermont
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Autumn leaves 2012

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    The color of fall in Vermont


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     collierphoto is a staff photographer for The Times Argus | Rutland Herald newspapers in Vermont. He shot these photos in September and October and played with the camera's color settings to get deeper and brighter images. 'The key with foliage or bright natural colors is shooting in just the right light, usually at the end or beginning of the day, just before or after sunrise and sunset. Tweaking the exposure by fractions of a stop also helps a lot in making the colors seem deeper or lighter. The color this year has been pretty exceptional.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    As a child who was born and lived amidst the stunning beauty of Vermont's Green Mountains, I always took the amazing scenery that surrounded me from day to day for granted. Even as the brilliant colors appeared every fall, I just never quite noticed and was even a bit perplexed, "why do people come to look at the trees?"


    At about age 19, as I became more and more involved with photography in a serious way, I suddenly began to notice the stunning colors that seemed to blanket the hills in fire each fall as the days got shorter and the nights became colder. Slowly but surely as I gained experience and insight, I began to really understand what a special place Vermont is and I began to fall in love with my home and the stunning colors. From the stark monochromatic white of winter, the green of spring and summer and the stunning fiery reds and oranges of autumn.


    For the first time, I set out this year to document the particular beauty of the fall season in the hilly little paradise where I hang my hat. These images are my favorites from this effort.


    Mark Collier
    Fall, 2012, somewhere in Vermont.

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