Photo Destination: Walnutport Canal Park
About a half hour north of Allentown, Walnutport Canal Park is a tiny gem of a photo location. With flat, well-maintained trails and ample parking, it’s well worth making the trip for a casual photo walk.
All photos in this article courtesy of Dan's staff member Jeffrey H.
This picturesque park along the Delaware & Lehigh canal trail is full of small wildlife to photograph- there’s plenty of ducks, geese, squirrels and even some turtles. But at this time of year I’ve found Walnutport Canal to be one of my favorite places to take fall foliage photos. There are several very large mature trees throughout the park, and the park is full of color. Rustic bridges and split-rail fence complete the scene.
My photo tips
- Use the water! I love capturing reflections in the water of all the pretty colors.
- Use your surroundings to help lead the viewer’s eye into your scene. I love using the split rail fence because its rustic look lends well to the fall foliage photos.
- When photographing fall foliage, don’t just focus on the whole tree. Try isolating a single leaf to create an impactful image.
Gear to help you out
All of these photos were captured with the Olympus E-M1 with the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. I find that a mirrorless camera with a single high-quality zoom lens lets me focus on making photos here without being weighed down by a lot of gear. I also always carry a Joby GorillaPod so I can easily steady my shots but not be bothered with carrying around a big tripod.
In the fall, a polarizing filter really helps make the fall colors stand out. You can also use it to cut back reflections on the water and increase contrast in your photos by darkening the sky and cutting through haze.
— Jeffrey H. is the Director of Marketing at Dan's and casual weekend photographer. He has a passion for the outdoors during the fall months and enjoys capturing as much of the colorful scenery as possible during his hikes with his family.