Oak Tree, Yellow Pasture, Storm Clouds

Martell, CA
Martell, CA

The trio of warm storms from the past 5 days finally moved on, but not before unleashing 30-40 mph high winds, and a torrent of rain Sunday morning.  By the afternoon, the skies were nearly clear, the sun was out, and even the bees were back hopping from the still blooming flowers.  I took the opportunity to drive a few minutes up the hill to catch the tail end of the last storm.

(click through on the image to view in 700px)

Those of you that have follow this blog even for a short time know I have an affinity for oak trees, specifically lone oak trees.  Part of it is the simplicity and “cleanliness” of having one tree in the photograph.  Part of it is the idea that for whatever reason, this oak has survived the natural and human effects.  But as easy at it may seem, sometimes it is very difficult to isolate a tree even if you can find one by itself.  It might be mountains or dark areas of landscape that prevent the sense of isolation.  Most of these pastures are surrounded by barbed wire so it not as though it is simple to reposition yourself for a better composition.

Anyhow, the one item I wish could be changed would be to have the area on the right horizon to be a little more muted.  It is too bright as there is a break in the cloud cover there.  I may adjust that specific area in post via Lightroom in the future.

Other recent posts with oak trees in silhouettes:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 100, 1/40 sec, f/11

Oak Tree, Yellow Pasture, Storm Clouds.  Martell, California.  December 02, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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