Dead Trees, Stratified Skies

Ione, CA

So I pass these trees on a daily basis to and from work.  From the car, these dead trees stand starkly against the sky.  Photographing them was a whole other issue.  From the car, the brush seen in front of the trees don’t appear to be in the way, from the ground they are.   I thought I could climb a small hill to the right and have an elevated angle.  Wrong.  What I assume are Manzanita Trees dot this hill.  They appear to be low lying brush, but where you get up to them, they’re 5-6 feet high.  After walking around looking for various angles, I settled for this.  Looking back, I probably could have had a much better composition setting up the tripod and camera on the roof of my car.  Hmm.

EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 200mm, ISO 200, 1/160 sec, f/8

Dead Trees, Stratified Skies. Hwy 124 Ione, California. May 31, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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