Autumn Aspen Reflections: Northern Arizona Photography

November 02, 2014  •  2 Comments

Autumn Aspen Reflections 1, Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, ArizonaAutumn Aspen Reflections 1, Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, ArizonaPhoto of the Day, Capture My Arizona

Celebrating the change of seasons in Northern Arizona, an interpretive impression of autumn Aspen reflections on a quiet pond near Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, Arizona. Image captured through vertical camera movement in a brief time exposure.
“All art is an abstraction to some degree.” – Henry Moore


Cool winds, the distinctive scent of autumn and a thick carpet of fallen leaves make for a truly memorable Fall day in Northern Arizona. Celebrating the dramatic change of seasons in Northern Arizona, I am pleased to share a few interpretive impressions of autumn Aspen reflections on a quiet pond near Hart Prairie Road, Flagstaff, Arizona. 

Photo of the Day, NIKON D800E,f/22 @ 35 mm0.6sISO 64  Flagstaff AZ Hart Prairie Road Small file - Autum Aspen Sweep 1 panoFlagstaff AZ Hart Prairie Road Small file - Autum Aspen Sweep 1 pano

While I would like to claim great foresight and conceptual thinking in creation of these photos, this series was, in fact, created on the spur of the moment in a fit of frustration … or, more accurately,  sheer desperation.


On this Fall day amidst gusty winds, I found myself frantically shooting at very high shutter speeds, trying to "freeze" the movement of tree branches and golden leaves. We thought about packing up and moving down the road, hoping to hike into a valley area having at least some protection from the relentless from wind. 

NIKON D800E, f/22 @ 35 mm0.6sISO 64  Autumn Reflections webAutumn Reflections web

Instead, after trying many camera settings at inordinately high ISO levels - none of them optimal in my mind - I settled down and decided to stop "fighting" nature. It occurred to me to shoot a series of abstract photos embracing the sense of movement in the strong autumn winds and the change of seasons. The first two time exposure images were captured through slight  camera movements, using a tripod with a loosely adjusted ball head.

NIKON D800E, f/9 @ 20 mm1/500ISO 400  _DSC3244 web_DSC3244 web

Others photos in this series include fallen leaves afloat on the pond and cross sections of the thickly wooded Aspen forest and leaf covered forest floor.


A special thanks to my son, David Reinkensmeyer, for his great company, sense of adventure and honest critique of my photographic images on another banner day in Northern Arizona.  His thoughtful comments about my photography are so valuable, both in the field and back at  home in front of the computer. 

NIKON D800E, f/2.8 @ 35 mm1/250ISO 1,250  _DSC3347 web_DSC3347 web

Related postings: Arizona Sunflowers: Photography on a Windy HillsideArizona Fall Colors, Autumn Brook - West Clear Creek, Autumn Colors- Hart Prairie Road and West Fork in Sedona Part 2 – Autumn.


Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer



NIKON D800E,f/11 @ 35 mm1/50ISO 1250


Marcus Reinkensmeyer(non-registered)
Jane - My sincere thanks. Also, I took a look at your impressive body of work on Redbubble - Very impressive. Especially liked your dune and other travel photos. All the best, M
Jane Manifold(non-registered)
Lovely colour here Marcus..... while I have only done a bit of abstract photography I am interested to see what is out there so-to-speak.
All the best from Jane, Downunder in Adelaide, Australia
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