While the first lens you may think of for photographing fall foliage may be a wide angle lens, such as the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, one of my favorites choices is a telephoto zoom. Long focal lengths, such as those produced by the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lens and the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens, allow you to isolate beautiful leaves, capture particularly picturesque parts of scenes, and compress to abstraction various shapes, colors, and textures.
Exploring the world through the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens on the hunt for varying colors and textures, and levels sharpness and blur can create images that are at once new, and yet instantly recognizable. Close-up focusing on a pumpkin, for example, gives a shallow slice of sharpness, and lovely focus fall-off in a composition that’s pure seasonal color. And a single turning leaf backlit by the sun tells the story of autumn in a very different way than a sweeping vista of an entire hillside.
Victor Neves used the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 plus a Neutral Density filter to make this shot of fall leaves reflecting above a waterfall.