Can you capture the magic of autumn in Leicestershire?
As autumn arrives, Leicestershire's parks and woodlands are tantalising visitors with the first signs of colour.
As the season progresses thousands of trees attract keen photographers aiming to capture form, structure and colour.
Woodlands are a great place for enthusiastic photographers, so here are the Forestry Commission's top tips on how to get the most out of autumn colour.
- Use photography to gain insight into different types of woodlands - from native to conifer plantations. Great fun and a great way to learn.
- In more formal gardens, think about how deliberately the landscape has been designed. Photography can reveal an intentional pace and a story to the planting.
- Look out for contrasts in colours and textures which provide many a striking image - the deep red of a Japanese maple with a backdrop of dense, dark yew or laurel, or ferns nestling against tree bark.
- Seek out intricacy and aim to come away with a wide variety of images, from close-ups of maple leaves, to dramatic landscapes of golden oaks and beeches.
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Using the Forestry Commission's interactive online autumn colour map it's easy to find the best colour near you, as each wood is rated from green to golden. www.forestry.gov.uk/autumn