Autumn is so different in Birmingham from the one I used to as a child – extended spells of sunny weather and a veritable sea of blazing red, crimson, purple, burgundy and yellow leaves that changed shades daily and delighted the eye. Here some leaves are still green, some yellow, some muddy red. One frosty night – and you wake up to the sight of bare trees and a sense that the autumn is gone.

The penultimate installment of pics from Monica’s Birmingham portrait photography session (check out Part 1 and Part 2) are to evoke autumn, albeit a restrained urban one. When I saw Monica in her dress with a yellow stole after the outfit change I thought of foliage hues – and tried to recreate them by raising her above the monochrome paving/road and shooting into the direction of auburn brick buildings. The resulting images were processed for warmer tones.

Birmingham portrait session - Monica
I loved Monica’s outfit – her brother’s present – with its yellow stole
Birmingham portrait session - Monica
Although the tree foliage is still green the bokeh areas of red brick walls evoke autumnal colours

 

Birmingham portrait session - Monica
Changing how the fabric drapes
Birmingham portrait session - Monica
A longer lens renders the street view dreamy – perfect for this portrait of Monica
Birmingham portrait session - Monica
By contrast, an introduction of a wide angle lens brings out  the ‘real’ impression of Church Street Square

The final part is coming!

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