The tree is always there when I drive by. Usually when I am on my way to the lake. Or when I have dinner with friends downtown. Always it seems, when I am already late.
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The tree is always there. Taunting me it seems. One of the few lone oaks trees I can isolate against the sky in an area dotted with scrub oaks backed by nearby bluffs and not-so-distant mountains. Finding a location to park my car is not so easy on two-lane country roads with ditches and decomposed granite on the shoulders. Leave it to me to finally have the time… in the middle of the day. But I had promised myself I would shoot before I reached home. I even refused to take home a plate full of tasty BBQ chicken from a party because I planned on driving around and shooting for the next 3 hours. And 3 hour old chicken sitting on the passenger seat in the middle of summer is just asking for trouble.
Instead of the usual, make-everything-as-crisp-and-clear-as-possible, I went the direction of an ethereal vintage landscape. The harsh reality of the blazing sun casting unfavorable shadows everywhere was mitigated into a dreamlike composition.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 55mm, f/13, 1/60 sec
Rancho Murieta (CA), Oak, Fence Line, Rolling Hills, Monochrome. Sacramento County, California. August 10, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.