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Autumn urban landscapes -- Indianapolis photo tips, tricks and travels

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By Steve Polston

Autumn colors, light and skies are favorite scenes for landscape photography, but urban landscapes are possible even when you can't get away to the countryside.

I stopped at Washington and Pennsylvania streets in Downtown Indianapolis Monday night at the tail end of the first rush hour to photograph the intersection, because the quality of light on the pastel buildings was superb.

Using an RB67 Mamiya camera with 400 speed Fuji film -- and a tripod -- I worked to compose a scene that not only had pretty pastels, but which provided a chance for a slow shutter speed to blur the taillights of commuter cars.

At this time of the year -- and especially this week -- fall festivals, school breaks and covered bridge festivals collide to provide plenty of chance to get to the rural places in Indiana. If you don't have a chance now to get away, the beautiful leaves will soon pass you by in a wind.

But stopping your car at a safe place during your commute -- even if it's in the shadowy canyons of the city -- can bring a chance to make beautiful images like this one.

You can see more of my images throughout the website.