60 Breathtaking Fall Images For Your Inspiration

Fall is a dream season for photographers. It’s the time when nature explodes with color, and misty mornings are whispering, “Hey, look at me! Wouldn’t I make just the most amazing photograph?”

Besides the vibrant leaves, autumn gives you a good range of weather conditions to experiment with. The weather changes so quickly that you can photograph the same scene in rain, mist, sunshine, and the shade of clouds, all on the same day. The partly sunny, partly overcast weather gives you beautiful soft light, but also striking beams of sunlight to photograph.

Inspiration for Fall Photography

Below are some stunning examples of this magical time of year. We’ve organized the photos into 6 groups:

  • Paths and Roads
  • Fallen Leaves
  • Tree Branches
  • Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls
  • Parks and Forests
  • Scenic Landscapes

Of course, autumn offers plenty more possibilities that aren’t included in this list! These photos are just a starting point for your own creative ideas and photography. For more tips, check out our Detailed Guide to Photographing Fall Foliage.

Paths and Roads

Autumn can turn plain roads and paths into breathtaking scenes, perfect for photos. This is because roads and paths provide strong lines to guide your viewers’ eyes through the photo. Whether the path is clear or covered with leaves, it can pull your viewer into the scene. For more advice on using lines and other composition techniques, check out these 10 tips to instantly improve your compositions.

Fotis Mavroudakis – Autumn road

Fotis Mavroudakis - Autumn road

Fotis Mavroudakis – The way to fall

Fotis Mavroudakis - The way to fall

Mary-Eloise – Autunno giallo

Mary-Eloise - Autunno giallo

Johan Hakansson Photography – Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Appalachian Autumn NC

Johan Hakansson Photography - Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Appalachian Autumn NC

Troy Marcy Photography – The Passing of a Season

Troy Marcy Photography - The Passing of a Season

R Casey – the brief moment of color

R Casey - the brief moment of color

Fotis Mavroudakis – Golden Path

Fotis Mavroudakis - Golden Path

Jean-Daniel Echenard – Autumn atmosphere

Jean-Daniel Echenard - Autumn atmosphere

lee – autumn

lee - autumn

Alexander Mueller – Autumn Whispers

Alexander Mueller - Autumn Whispers

Fallen Leaves

Fallen leaves are one of the easiest subjects to photograph in autumn. They’re easy to find and work into all kinds of photos. You can use fallen leaves to practice techniques like bokeh or macro photography, or to shoot a fast photo for a photography challenge like this one. You can move them wherever you want, so the lighting and composition are totally up to you. You can push your creativity or keep it simple, whatever the day allows.

jordan parks – hello, friend

fallen leaves

Niamh – Fall Colours

Yane Naumoski – Autumn texture

Yane Naumoski - Autumn texture

tritra tralala – Autumn Leaves

tritra tralala - Autumn Leaves

Paul Chiorean – Autumn

Paul Chiorean - Autumn

Angie Trenz – hello autumn

Angie Trenz - hello autumn

Daniela Costa – Autumn Colours

Daniela Costa - Autumn Colours

Zach Dischner – Fall Pallate

Zach Dischner - Fall Pallate

jordan parks – morning

jordan parks - morning

jordan parks – october rain

jordan parks - october rain

Tree Branches

Colorful tree branches are another simple subject to photograph in autumn. Though you can’t move them (not as easily, anyway), you do have a lot of possibilities to choose from. You don’t have to travel far to find a branch worth photographing. You might have one in your backyard, down the street, or in a nearby park, waiting to be photographed.

けんたま/KENTAMA – Autumn glory

けんたま/KENTAMA - Autumn glory

Tom Mrazek – Colors of Autumn

Tom Mrazek - Colors of Autumn

Bernard Spragg. NZ – Autumn hues.

Bernard Spragg. NZ - Autumn hues.

norasphotos4u – “Digital Sandwiching” or Orton Effect

norasphotos4u - "Digital Sandwiching" or Orton Effect

jar [o] – Birch

Birch autumn

Alex Greenshpun – Autumn’s Last Breath

Alex Greenshpun autumn leaves

Tanja Hansen – Nature’s colourful patterns….

Tanja Hansen colorful patterns

Greg David – Lakeshore’s Fall

Greg David - Lakeshore's Fall

Thomas – Autumn Spotlight, Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

Thomas - Autumn Spotlight, Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

MaxPower0815 – autumn moments….

MaxPower0815 - autumn moments....

Meowlody – Rudeneja

Meowlody - Rudeneja

Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls

To really bring out the fall colors, your photo needs to have contrast. For example, you could contrast brilliant red leaves against a blue sky, a dark tree trunk, or a source of water such as a lake, river, or waterfall.

Water can be especially effective because it allows for a lot of possibilities. You can shoot a long exposure, look for an awesome reflection, or use the water as a leading line, similar to a road or path. Or you can simply find a crisp blue lake and let the color contrast be the main focus of your photo.

Ian Sane – Peaceful Watercourse

Ian Sane - Peaceful Watercourse

Denise Worden – Sitting In Stillness

Denise Worden - Sitting In Stillness

Ian Sane – Autumn Euphoria

Ian Sane - Autumn Euphoria

Umberto Salvagnin – Autumn colors

Umberto Salvagnin - Autumn colors

Martin Cathrae – Autumn Sailboat

Martin Cathrae - Autumn Sailboat

Julien Chalendard – Autumn

Julien Chalendard - Autumn

Tenia Prokalamou – A Secret Paradise Awaits Us

Tenia Prokalamou autumn landscape

ilirjan rrumbullaku – Leaves on the Water

ilirjan rrumbullaku - Leaves on the Water

Matt Shalvatis – Dawn’s Early Light

Matt Shalvatis - Dawn's Early Light

R Casey – falling down the river

R Casey - falling down the river

Parks and Forests

Some forests completely transform in autumn, while others remain nearly the same. If you’re lucky enough to live close to a colorful forest, it’s probably already on your list of shooting locations. But if you’re low on forests or surrounded by evergreens, try visiting a local park instead. If the park has a grove of deciduous trees, you can make it look exactly like a giant forest in your photo.

Fotis Mavroudakis – Autumn palette

Fotis Mavroudakis - Autumn palette

Chris van Kan – Autumn in the Netherlands

Chris van Kan - Autumn in the Netherlands

Елена Пејчинова – Enchanted corner

forest autumn

Fotis Mavroudakis – Autumn trees canopy

Fotis Mavroudakis - Autumn trees canopy

Barbara Schultheis – A Different Kind of Fire

Barbara Schultheis autumn forest

Troy Marcy Photography – Autumn Timber

TroyMarcyPhotography - Autumn Timber

Shoeven – Orange

Odenwald, Germany

Anton Vakulenko – Autumn park

Anton Vakulenko - Autumn park

Ceri Jones – Golden Woodland Dawn

Ceri Jones - Golden Woodland Dawn

Ian Sane – Autumn Forest

Ian Sane - Autumn Forest

Scenic Landscapes

Epic autumn landscapes are not as easy to reach as the other options on this list, but if you can travel, they’re worth shooting. An autumn landscape trip can be an unforgettable experience. You not only get incredible photos but also a lot of peaceful moments, as you take in the season’s beauty. For top scenic locations to photograph in the US, take a look at these 10 destinations for amazing autumn photography–though really, there are countless places you could go. All you need is a willingness to go out and find them.

Forest Wander – Fall Foliage Photography

Forest Wander - Fall Foliage Photography

Pacheco – Sunset at Conway Summit, Ca

Pacheco - Sunset at Conway Summit, Ca

Julio López Saguar – Alps in autumn

Julio López Saguar - Alps in autumn

mellowrapp – Autumn Mountains. Crested Butte mountains in full autumn colors.

mellowrapp - Autumn Mountains. Crested Butte mountains in full autumn colors.

Yegor Malinovskii – What Lies Beyond

Yegor Malinovskii - What Lies Beyond

Kim Kurcz – Dundas Peak

Kim Kurcz - Dundas Peak

John Salisbury – indiscriminate coloring

John Salisbury colorado autumn

swapnil deshpande – Blessed !!

swapnil deshpande church autumn

Many of the above photos were selected from our wonderful Flickr group.