Autumn is not that far away in most of the country. Most photographs of the fall colors are large landscapes showing the varied colors of differing trees. In October of 2012 I was hiking in a scenic wilderness area alongside MT Highway 200. The morning rain had finally stopped. I composed the above image with my Canon Rebel XS and the 18-55mm IS II lens. The camera was tripod mounted, Aperature priority, ISO 200, and F5.6. I made a conscious decision to focus on the rain drops on one leaf while keeping the leaves in the background out of focus. You can see by the composition that the leaves to the right and in the background echo the colors of the leaf that is in focus and the main subject. As you look at the autumn colors in your area keep in mind the leaves rather than looking at the large forest.
Do you photograph large landscapes in the fall in order to show the varied colors? Have you considered focusing on the leaves and the colors in them? Are you outdoors with your camera after the fall rains?