In honor of the autumnal equinox, National Geographic posted a gallery of photos from photographer, Michael Melford. Inside the gallery are photos primarily featuring the Adirondack’s fantastic foliage.
Sparked by a beautiful maple’s orange leaves in the fall of 1977, Melford’s photography career has taken him all over. Melford photographed the Adirondacks for National Geographic in 2011, one of eighteen stories he’s covered for the magazine.
Melford might be considered a minimalist when it comes to carrying gear in the field. He prefers to head into the woods with just three lenses, two camera bodies, and a single tripod. He sums up his photography philosophy with the Edward Weston quote,”Give me peace and an hour’s time and I create.”
Melford’s work can be heavily credited to patience and time. While he plans for the predictable: the moon cycle, dawn/dusk, and weather, his images capture unpredictable moments. He stated in the National Geographic piece, “Give yourself more time and get to know an area, then keep going back.”