There is that short period during the fall when the leaves are colouring into orange and yellow, but still covering the trees, and the chance of a sunny day is still considerable. That period seems to have ended by now, as I have had many rainy days in the past two weeks. But I did enjoy a few sunny mornings with those beautiful golden fall colors.

The first few photos were shot at Delftse Hout, a cultivated park more than a forest, but with a few wonderful lanes.

As you have noticed, I decided to convert a few to black and white. It may seem silly, as fall forests seem to be all about fall colors, but for some reason I really liked some of the shots in monochrome. I still don’t really understand, but I decided to go for it.

The next set of photos were taken on the Veluwe, a national park in the East of the Netherlands, near Velp to be specific. I stayed close to a little stream called Beekhuizerbeek, to be able to catch a glimpse of water every now and then.

All photos were taken with the Leica M (Typ 240).

Thanks for reading!

12 thoughts on “The Fall Forest

  1. Gorgeous Light! I love the ones with the sun rays bursting through. Nice reflections and colors, too! I’m glad someone is seeing some rain. We are experiencing a drought. We are not allowed to burn anything at the moment. Even grilling out has been banned temporarily. The b&w shots are nice also. Great Job!

    1. Thanks for your nice words, Travis. A drought is something else, indeed. I will be thinking of you when I am drowning on my bike tomorrow 😉 .

  2. A real evocation of autumn. I have only seen the colours driving people about with no chance to stop and wander, next year perhaps.

    1. Thanks, Coline. That’s what I tell myself when I get anxious about missing the window with great light or perfect conditions: there will be a next time.
      Btw, do have a website? I couldn’t find it, but I would love to see some of your photos.

  3. Thank you, Aukje, for your lovely photos, and especially for your willingness to share your insights as you explore the wonderful possibilities of photography. You are an inspiration.
    I have just purchased a film camera and film, and am heading to New Zealand in a few weeks with my wife, to wander and take pictures. It’s my first trip where I’ll rely on the Nikon, and not a digital point-and-shoot. I hope I can approximate in my photos the depth and beauty you have managed to capture so many times.

  4. Love your pictures Aukje! I’ve just picked up an M6 and looking forward to shooting my first roll. I read that you use AG to process and scan you pictures. Do you still use them? I am contemplating whether or not to get my own scanner to save costs but there seems to be so many varied reviews on what is out there and no real front runner for recommended scanners unless you speak big bucks!

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks Andy!
      I recently started developing and scanning myself, but I can still recommend AG. I bought a scanner in November, and I love to do that myself. It also gives me more insight in the quality of the negatives. It was however quite an investment (I have an Epson V800), so with my rate of shooting film it will take a few years before I break even in terms of cost. With the development I am not sure, I like doing it myself, and it gets me results faster, but I prefer the quality of AG, specifically for the black and white film. I could buy the same chemicals they use in the hope to get more similar results, but that is only sold in large quantitites. My conclusion is that if you only shoot 3-4 rolls per month home edevelopment is not that much cheaper. If I lived in the UK I would definitely prefer using AG photo lab. For now I will practice home development some more, and only use AG for special rolls, like from my holidays.

      Good luck with your first rolls!

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