I wanted to do this last year, but Fall is fast around these parts. Here today, gone tomorrow. With the weather changing and frozen mix predicted in the upcoming days, I got out with the camera to literally catch Fall in the act.
Catching the leaves before they hit the ground is one thing, but getting them stop action is another. The wind whips them or allows them to float gently. It is a waiting and guessing process. Anticipate where and how a leaf may fall, but be sure to be fast on the shutter.
They spin and twirl as they fall. Focusing is a trip. This leaf above, was less sharp than the maple leaf due to how fast it twirled, but I was still pretty happy to get the images. I only wish the leaves themselves were a bit more colorful and not so weather-worn.