You will all have noticed how the leaves are changing colour and you no doubt wish to capture their splendour, but when is the best time? You only need a strong, windy day and it’s all lost and you’ll have to wait another year. With this in mind, I always start taking autumn colours when they first start to appear and continue to do so every few days. I then discard the earlier images, if superseded by better ones later. By doing this I am sure to have captured the colours this year before they’re gone. After rain the colours also become stronger as they are saturated, both in water and colour, enhancing their deep reds, yellows and gold. If the leaves have been blown off the trees, don’t despair, you can still capture the colours by shooting them where they lay on the ground. As with all photography, composition is the key, so form a pleasing collage of leaves, moving them to better positions within your frame if necessary, to show them at their best. Try composing the image using only a few leaves and get in as close as you can. It may well be a case of ‘less is more’, but you decide.