El Dorado Hills, Pasture, Rolling Hills, Fence, Monochrome

ISO100, 135mm, f/11, 1/60 sec
El Dorado Hills, CA

Quite frequently I “consult” Google Maps and Google Earth when seeking out new areas to shoot locally.  Does the dirt road turnoff end at a ranch or does it go for another mile or two?  Does the area have the landscape and/or features I am looking for?  Google knows.

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

This photograph is of the hills I have shot consistently from the other side, but further away and from a higher vantage point.  This also meant I was shooting into the setting sun in the afternoon, which is neither good or bad, but limiting in that I tend to wait until the sun sets before shooting.

For example: El Dorado Hills, Layered Hills, Golden and Blue Hour

While I generally hope for clouds or some sort of atmospherics in landscape photos, I did want to take advantage of the completely cloudless skies these last few days.  But working the c-pol and post processing in Nik Silver EFex Pro, we can produce these somewhat alien landscapes usually accomplished with infrared or night photography.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 135mm, f/11, 1/60 sec

El Dorado Hills, Pasture, Rolling Hills, Fence, Monochrome.  El Dorado Hills, California.  April 17, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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