The fall season in Colorado is filled with those icons that just seem to be everywhere when hovering over the camera bag planning a weekend shoot. But with all the obvious subjects available I am finding that these must shoot subjects are starting to box me in. It should be an easy take to go out and nail a foliage shot or catch a beautiful sunrise on a freshly snow dusted peak. Just knowing that there are only a few weeks and maybe only in some cases just a few days the pressure just seems to mount to catch hat perfect seasonal shot. A great example is the changing of the aspen. With the weather we have had in Colorado this summer the colors will turn at the normal time but with th e lack of moisture, the first good wind will take those golden quaking leaves and turn them into golden litter on the forest floor. The timing of this all happening will vary by elevation and micro climate and will be hard to predict in advance. That being said, all those places that I have put in my tickler file for a fall visit will have to wait until 2013 for another try. What morning the fresh snow will hit the peaks is another guess that requires time and patience that most days I just don't have.
All this pressure on the seasonal shot reminds us that flexibility and not being locked into a particular image will keep those fresh prints coming off the printer or back from the lab. Going iconic takes a lot of work for a very low percentage of success. Keeping an open mind and moving with a general theme can be a better solution for keeping the shutter firing but allowing for a.change in perspective. If all those magical pieces do not come together in the right way, there are alternatives to turn to. What are the colors that you were going after, what were the patterns you were looking for? Shown is an example. I really wanted to get some great imaging of a pumpkin harvest and I have had that image I'm my head for months. Something specific that I wanted but my schedule, weather and timing never came together. But with that in the back of my mind, I came across this image in a place where in never expected to see it but with a bit of flexibility this can be an image that speaks of the seasonal theme I was looking for. Any guesses where this was taken?