Every fall, I go outside fairly often to see which trees have started changing colors. It makes boring shots interesting and good landscape shots great! Color is one of the most important aspect of photography. Even if you're shooting for black and white, color is very important.
Think about it this way: If you shoot a landscape shot with a bunch of trees mid summer, they will all have a similar shade of green, while in Fall one tree may be light yellow and another dark red. In black and white all trees being similar in color means they will all be a similar shade of grey as opposed to fall when one tree may be light grey and another dark. It really changes every shot you take.
With that said, how do you know when the right time to go out shooting is? Thankfully SmokyMountains.com made it VERY simple with a Fall Foliage Prediction Map that allows you to see the change in Fall foliage based on the selected date below it. According to this map, I should be in Peak season next weekend. Guess it's time to start planning day trips!
Click the image below to be taken to the interactive map!