60 Breathtaking Fall Images For Your Inspiration

Fall is a dream season for photographers. It’s the time when nature explodes with color, and misty mornings are whispering “Hey look at me, wouldn’t I make just the most amazing photograph?”

Besides the vibrant leaves, autumn gives you a good range of weather conditions to experiment with. The weather changes so quickly that you can photograph the same scene in rain, mist, sunshine, and the shade of clouds, all on the same day. The partly sunny, partly overcast weather gives you beautiful soft light, but also striking beams of sunlight to photograph.

Below are some stunning examples of this magical time of year. We’ve organized the photos into 6 groups:

  • Fallen Leaves
  • Tree Branches
  • Paths and Roads
  • Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls
  • Parks and Forests
  • Scenic Landscapes

Of course, autumn offers plenty more possibilities that aren’t included in this list! These photos are just a starting point for your own creative ideas and photography.

Show off your favorite fall photos with the rest of the TPA community by joining our Flickr group here. Also make sure and check out our Detailed Guide to Photographing Fall Foliage.

Fallen Leaves

Fallen leaves are one of the easiest subjects to photograph in autumn. They’re easy to find and work into all kinds of photos. You can use fallen leaves to practice techniques like bokeh or macro photography, or to shoot a fast photo for a photography challenge like this one. You can move them wherever you want, so the lighting and composition are totally up to you. You can push your creativity or keep it simple, whatever the day allows.

jordan parks – hello, friend
fallen leaves

Niamh – Fall Colours
Niamh <> - Fall Colours

Susanne Nilsson – Colorful autumn
Susanne Nilsson - Colorful autumn

Yane Naumoski – Autumn texture
Yane Naumoski - Autumn texture

tritra tralala – Autumn Leaves
tritra tralala - Autumn Leaves

Paul Chiorean – Autumn
Paul Chiorean - Autumn

Angie Trenz – hello autumn
Angie Trenz - hello autumn

Daniela Costa – Autumn Colours
Daniela Costa - Autumn Colours

Zach Dischner – Fall Pallate
Zach Dischner - Fall Pallate

jordan parks – morning
jordan parks - morning

jordan parks – october rain
jordan parks - october rain

Tree Branches

Colorful tree branches are another simple subject to photograph in autumn. Though you can’t move them (not as easily, anyway), you do have a lot of possibilities to choose from. You don’t have to travel far to find a branch worth photographing. You might have one in your backyard, down the street, or in a nearby park, waiting to be photographed.

けんたま/KENTAMA – Autumn glory
けんたま/KENTAMA - Autumn glory

Tom Mrazek – Colors of Autumn
Tom Mrazek - Colors of Autumn

Bernard Spragg. NZ – Autumn hues.
Bernard Spragg. NZ - Autumn hues.

norasphotos4u – “Digital Sandwiching” or Orton Effect
norasphotos4u - "Digital Sandwiching" or Orton Effect

jar [o] – Birch
Birch autumn

Alex Greenshpun – Autumn’s Last Breath
Alex Greenshpun autumn leaves

Tanja Hansen – Nature’s colourful patterns….
Tanja Hansen colorful patterns

Greg David – Lakeshore’s Fall
Greg David - Lakeshore's Fall

Thomas – Autumn Spotlight, Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania
Thomas - Autumn Spotlight, Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

MaxPower0815 – autumn moments….
MaxPower0815 - autumn moments....

Meowlody – Rudeneja
Meowlody - Rudeneja

Paths and Roads

Autumn can turn plain roads and paths into breathtaking scenes, perfect for photos. This is because roads and paths provide strong lines to guide your viewers’ eyes through the photo. Whether the path is clear or covered with leaves, it can pull your viewer into the scene. For more advice on using lines and other composition techniques, check out these 10 tips to instantly improve your compositions.

Fotis Mavroudakis – Autumn road
Fotis Mavroudakis - Autumn road

Fotis Mavroudakis – The way to fall
Fotis Mavroudakis - The way to fall

Mary-Eloise – Autunno giallo
Mary-Eloise - Autunno giallo

Troy Marcy Photography – The Passing of a Season
Troy Marcy Photography - The Passing of a Season

R Casey – the brief moment of color
R Casey - the brief moment of color

Fotis Mavroudakis – Golden Path
Fotis Mavroudakis - Golden Path

Adam Asar – fall autumn red season
Adam Asar - fall autumn red season

Jean-Daniel Echenard – Autumn atmosphere
Jean-Daniel Echenard - Autumn atmosphere

lee – autumn
lee - autumn

Alexander Mueller – Autumn Whispers
Alexander Mueller - Autumn Whispers

Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls

To really bring out the fall colors, your photo needs to have contrast. For example, you could contrast brilliant red leaves against a blue sky, a dark tree trunk, or a source of water such as a lake, river, or waterfall.

Water can be especially effective because it allows for a lot of possibilities. You can shoot a long exposure, look for an awesome reflection, or use the water as a leading line, similar to a road or path. Or you can simply find a crisp blue lake and let the color contrast be the main focus of your photo.

Ian Sane – Peaceful Watercourse
Ian Sane - Peaceful Watercourse

Denise Worden – Sitting In Stillness
Denise Worden - Sitting In Stillness

Ian Sane – Autumn Euphoria
Ian Sane - Autumn Euphoria

Umberto Salvagnin – Autumn colors
Umberto Salvagnin - Autumn colors

Martin Cathrae – Autumn Sailboat
Martin Cathrae - Autumn Sailboat

Julien Chalendard – Autumn
Julien Chalendard - Autumn

Tenia Prokalamou – A Secret Paradise Awaits Us
Tenia Prokalamou autumn landscape

ilirjan rrumbullaku – Leaves on the Water
ilirjan rrumbullaku - Leaves on the Water

Matt Shalvatis – Dawn’s Early Light
Matt Shalvatis - Dawn's Early Light

R Casey – falling down the river
R Casey - falling down the river

Parks and Forests

Some forests completely transform in autumn, while others remain nearly the same. If you’re lucky enough to live close to a colorful forest, it’s probably already on your list of shooting locations. But if you’re low on forests or surrounded by evergreens, try visiting a local park instead. If the park has a grove of deciduous trees, you can make it look exactly like a giant forest in your photo.

Fotis Mavroudakis – Autumn palette
Fotis Mavroudakis - Autumn palette

Chris van Kan – Autumn in the Netherlands
Chris van Kan - Autumn in the Netherlands

✓ Елена Пејчинова – Enchanted corner
forest autumn

Fotis Mavroudakis – Autumn trees canopy
Fotis Mavroudakis - Autumn trees canopy

Barbara Schultheis – A Different Kind of Fire
Barbara Schultheis autumn forest

Troy Marcy Photography – Autumn Timber
TroyMarcyPhotography - Autumn Timber

Shoeven – Orange
Odenwald, Germany

Anton Vakulenko – Autumn park
Anton Vakulenko - Autumn park

Ceri Jones – Golden Woodland Dawn
Ceri Jones - Golden Woodland Dawn

Ian Sane – Autumn Forest
Ian Sane - Autumn Forest

Scenic Landscapes

Epic autumn landscapes are not as easy to reach as the other options on this list, but if you can travel, they’re worth shooting. An autumn landscape trip can be an unforgettable experience. You not only get incredible photos but also a lot of peaceful moments, as you take in the season’s beauty. For top scenic locations to photograph in the US, take a look at these 10 destinations for amazing autumn photography–though really, there are countless places you could go. All you need is a willingness to go out and find them.

Forest Wander – Fall Foliage Photography
Forest Wander - Fall Foliage Photography

Pacheco – Sunset at Conway Summit, Ca
Pacheco - Sunset at Conway Summit, Ca

Julio López Saguar – Alps in autumn
Julio López Saguar - Alps in autumn

mellowrapp – Autumn Mountains. Crested Butte mountains in full autumn colors.
mellowrapp - Autumn Mountains. Crested Butte mountains in full autumn colors.

Yegor Malinovskii – What Lies Beyond
Yegor Malinovskii - What Lies Beyond

Kim Kurcz – Dundas Peak
Kim Kurcz - Dundas Peak

John Salisbury – indiscriminate coloring
John Salisbury colorado autumn

swapnil deshpande – Blessed !!
swapnil deshpande church autumn

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