Fall Light

Hillborne in Fall Colors

I can’t get enough of this fall light. As a bicyclist and photographer, there’s no better time of year. Right now I’m just trying to soak it all in and capture as much of it as I can before the gray light of winter takes over.

10 Responses to “Fall Light”

  • Tamia Nelson says:

    Boy have you got that right, Alan. The low, slicing light of November and March are my favorite times for shooting photos. Can’t get enough of it. Harder to ride in low light, though — especially when the road leads home into the sun.

  • Alan says:

    Hi Tamia,

    Yeah, you have to watch out for riding into the low angling sun this time of year. I figure if I’m blinded by the light, so are the motorists coming up behind me. When that happens, I’m sure to keep an eye on the rearview mirror.


  • doug in seattle. says:

    Today it was more “Fall Darkness” for me. It was dark when I was riding to work and just about dark when I was riding home at 4:30. The only Seattle “weather” I can’t stand is permanent semi-darkness. And when the sun is out, it’s so low in the southern skies I feel like it’s late afternoon all day.

    Okay, I’ll quite the bellyachin’.

  • Alan says:

    @doug in seattle

    I originally moved to Seattle from California back around 1980. It was November, and I had no idea what I was in for. I too would leave for work everyday in the dark, only to exit my workplace in the afternoon in the dark. I seriously didn’t think I was going to make it through that first winter. It turns out I did, and I ended up staying 10 years. By the end, I had almost gotten used to the short, dark winter days, but not quite….

  • Tamia Nelson says:

    @Alan… “I figure if I’m blinded by the light, so are the motorists coming up behind me. When that happens, I’m sure to keep an eye on the rearview mirror.”

    Me too. The rearview mirror has saved my skin a few times. Also, it seems counterintuitive, but I use my rear blinkie (a Radbot) and front light (white blinkie) during the day in these low-light times. They make a noticeable difference in traffic. Drivers give me plenty of room when coming from behind, and I’ve been told by a few that they appreciated the blinking red light because it helped them to see me when otherwise they wouldn’t. The front light is mainly to alert drivers coming in from side streets and driveways that I’m there. It seems as effective.

  • Hercule says:

    Seattle is 47º north – I’m just below 60º north. We know all about days of semi darkness round here!

  • Dmitry Gudkov - BikeNYC says:

    I know, tell me about it! It’s beautiful here in New York too. By the way, I’ve been enjoying your bike photography for awhile now. Keep up the great work!

  • Noel says:

    Alan, what bottle cages are on your Sam Hillborne? I like their shape—a little like the VO Modernist cages, but with no sticking-up bits to catch on pant legs.

  • Alan says:


    Those are the Nitto “Model R” cages. They’re a bit pricey, but awfully pretty.



  • Noel says:

    Thanks! Ah, so nice yet so unnecessary and expensive for someone who break cages every few months.

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