I cannot even begin to tell you how great the fall colors were when we were in Maine for our workshop last month. It was some of the most intense fall color I had seen in a very long time. I tried capturing it in many different creative ways. One of those ways was to put one of the many birch trees in one half of the frame and have the fall color melt into the other half of the frame by using a shallow depth of field and a long lens. I did this same technique for this image, but I changed the focus point to be the leaves just past the birch tree.
For this image I used my Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600 G2 Lens. I had that setup mounted to my Sirui W-2204 tripod with K30X Ballhead. I simply set my aperture to wide open, and being only 7 or 8 feet away from my subject, I was able to get a very shallow depth of field and isolate the leaves.