Focusing on a single leaf draws attention to the bright color and contrast. I photographed the leaf against a dark background to keep the attention on the leaf.
Nick Krug used selective focus on the squirrel, turning the background scene into a muted and out-of-focus collage of colors.
An out-of-focus yellow background shows off a red foreground of fall mums. The photo displays a background ‘bokeh’ effect due to the telephoto lens and a larger aperture.
In this image, former Journal-World photographer Thad Allender shoots from in a tree to offer a different autumn perspective. Unique angles can add drama and interest to a photograph.
Bare branches offer contrasting shapes and lines against a blue sky and fall leaves.
Photographing from below a sunflower displays the bright yellow blossom against a clear blue sky. The sun is also illuminating the flower from behind, helping the bright yellow leaves further stand out from the blue sky.
Photographing with the sun coming from the side and slightly behind my wife, this field of wildflowers near Wilson Lake shows off a richer pallet of colors. Direct sunlight would have flattened the scene.