It was a last minute decision to drive out towards Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties to see if there were any vantage points of the Rim Fire for some photographs. Several locations along Hwy 108 with views of smoke emanating from the fire two ridges away.
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This photograph is maybe a bit different than the norm for me though I am still exploring contrasts. While not as distinctive as some of my monochromes, the slight contrasts in green due to sunlight in the foreground and both the shadow from the smoke behind and the haze from the light smoke in the background contribute to the tone changes. I may eventually reprocess this image into a monochrome as the two shades of green can be further separated and the single yellow pine will stand out even more.
While scouting for a composition, it is amazing to see these vast expanses of forest and knowing similar areas were being completely burned out less than 5 miles away. The yellow and presumably dying pine tree near the center is a bit emblematic and a reminder of this huge forest fire nearby. Best of luck for the over 3,600 firefighting personnel on location.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 135mm, f/11, 1/4 sec
Long Barn (CA), Layered Pines, Yellow Pine. Long Barn, Tuolumne County, California. August 24, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.