Oak Tree, Green Grass, Snow. Jackson, California. March 31, 2010. © Copyright 2010 Steven Tze – all rights reserved.
Another photograph from the “early days”. This perfectly shaped oak tree sits in a grazing pasture near the Avio Vineyard in Jackson/Sutter Creek, CA. With an elevation just a tad under 2,000 feet, it might get the occasional light dusting of snow once or twice a year. This day was one of those times. I just like the fact there is this one oak tree in the field with this bright spot of green underneath it. When printed on metallic photo paper, the colors really pop.
This photograph was only 1 of 3 that I gave a name to before I realized I couldn’t really be all that creative with names for essentially hundreds of photographs in the future. Also, by giving photos a name, it tends to skew anyone’s thought on it. You really just want a person looking at your photograph to draw their own thoughts on what’s in front of them. So nowadays, I list the main elements in the composition and let that be the title.
Of the 3 photographs entered into the 2010 county competition, this was the only one that didn’t receive any awards. Maybe placing the tree in the perfect center of the composition was not the best idea?
EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 190mm, ISO 800, 1/320 sec, f/11