The aspen sprouting out of this river boulder is visible from Hwy 88 just past the Hwy 89 junction. It seems like such an easy object to photograph. It did not turn out too well.
Issue #1: Wrong time of day. It was about 8am when this photo was taken. There was even a blanket of clouds drifting through, but the sun was still shining through. But as you can see, the sky is still too bright and overblown here. Perhaps sunrise light would have illuminated the clouds and provided a more appealing backdrop for the photo. Afternoon light would have helped also, but I would have lost some of the backlit quality.
Issue #2: Composition. The scraggly branches entering the photo from the top left was not intended, at least I don’t remember it being my thought process here. At last it breaks up the monotony of have a lot of overblown sky. Also, I really hoped for an isolation of the boulder tree, but a nearby tree snuck in and there was not an angle I could find to eliminate it. I did position myself to place the aspen in front of the green pine so the aspen would not be lost to the sky.
Previous posts from this trip:
Unless you live up in the Eastern Sierras or have the ability to drive to the area every few days, your best bet is to visit the following sites for the latest color information:
- California Fall Color (John Poimiroo)
- Fall Color in California (Carol Leigh)
- SacBee’s Fall Leaves (Dave Henry)
- Sierra Impressions (Cory Freeman)
- Mono County Tourism Board – download the Fall Color guide, reports not yet updated
- Weather.com – one large storm and the season might be over with blown down leaves
- Flickr – search for specific lakes, creeks, destinations and see what other photogs have done and what to expect
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 22mm, ISO 100, 1/8 sec, f/11
Tree-Sprouting Boulder, River. Hope Valley, California. October 05, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.