Bringing Autumn Inside

autumn leaves 1

autumn leaves 1

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year. However, photographing it is sometimes difficult. For an example, you see the scene that you want in your mind, but what are you supposed to do now? Go out and find it, or make it.


autumn leaves 2

autumn leaves 2


One of Cindy’s favorite television stations is HGTV. She really enjoys watching them design different spaces.  Recently, they had a special on The Making of the New HGTV Magazine.  The magazine has a feature titled How Bad is It… Where they ask and answer all these different questions. In this particular article they were asking How Bad is it to Pick Flowers From Your Neighbor’s Garden. For the lead picture they had pictured sod then the flower garden with these beautiful flowers growing.


autumn leaves 3

autumn leaves 3


If you watch the video you can fast forward to around the 22:00 minute mark where they go in to detail how the photography was setup. Everything was shot inside. They laid the sod on a table and then some dirt and some flowers that they had flown in from Holland. It is very interesting from a photographer’s point of view.


autumn leaves 4

autumn leaves 4


So that gave me the inspiration for today’s post. Instead of finding an autumn scene I would create one inside. I collected some colorful leaves, nuts, pine straw, and a rock. Then I borrowed some moss from Cindy.  I arranged the scene in my little studio pictured below that I wrote about recently in my post titled Tethered, and shot away. It was really fun.


the setup

the setup






  1. Jan Winther October 13, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Holy crap Phillip, you had me going (or fooled) right up to the last shot…LOL Very well done. I particularly like the first and second shot. Very cool to see your setup at the end. Thanks man.

    • Phillip October 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      Thanks Jan. I had a great time setting it up.

  2. deniseippolito October 13, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Phillip, I never would have guessed this was a set up. #3 is lovely.

    • Phillip October 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

      Thank you Denise, I appreciate it.

  3. Jimi Jones October 13, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    LOL – And I thought you were out in the wilderness. These are great shots, Phillip. Way to get creative.!

    • Phillip October 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you Jimi. When I saw that show I knew that I had to try it.

  4. Rob October 13, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    awesome autumnal colors. Fun to work in the studio, hope to build one.

    • Phillip October 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

      Thanks Rob. It is a lot of fun!

  5. Eden October 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Lovely 🙂

  6. Edith Levy October 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    OMG Phillip I was looking at the first few pictures and thing how lovely these were and I figured that you arranged the leaves on the ground a bit and then as I was reading it was slowly dawning on me what you were setting us up for. Great….great post. Love the set and the shots are awesome.

    • Phillip October 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      Edith thank you for the wonderful comment! I’m glad that you appreciated the post. It’s funny, I don’t consider myself a studio photographer by any means, but I have to say that I have had a lot of fun playing with table top photography.

  7. Adam Allegro October 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Those colors are fantastic. I like seeing your setup. Well done.

    • Phillip October 16, 2011 at 7:35 am #

      Thank you Adam, I appreciate it!

  8. Caryn Caldwell October 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Oh, my gosh! That was really cool. I actually did think that you had taken those pictures outside somewhere. What a fun idea! I’m jealous, too, that you get red leaves there. We only have yellow ones here. I miss the red ones from when I was growing up in the Midwest. So much prettier and more interesting!

    • Phillip October 16, 2011 at 7:46 am #

      Thank you Caryn. Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year, but it’s a real shame that Winter comes afterwards. I hate being cold.

  9. Jani October 16, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    well done! the photos turned out fantastic. 🙂

  10. Kris Koeller October 17, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Great post. I love seeing these “behind the scenes” stories. The results are terrific!

    • Phillip October 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      Thank you I really enjoyed it Kris!

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