Maple trees in Autumn is a very good subject of photography and therefore November is a peak tourist season in Kyoto. Normally we love to shoot large area of red and yellow maple trees or an ancient temple surrounded by nothing but red. However, I find that fallen leaves on a green grassland can also be a very good idea.
This picture was shot in Tenryuji, a temple many considered as the best maple tree viewing location in Kyoto. I was walking along a trail with lots of tall and concentrated trees around. With the sun ray penetrating the canopy of leaves, it created patches of glowing area on the shadowed grassland. The fallen leaves on those light patches became much sharper than the ones under the shadow and the intensity of the bright red colour was magnified.
I used Photoshop to enhance the contrast to make the light patch brighter and the shadow darker. Even though the fallen leaves were actually dead, the sunlight seemed to have revived them and I quite like the effect.