Back in the day when Folsom was a small town with a prison, way before Johnny Cash put Folsom on the map with his concerts, a small canal was built to bring water on the American River to the hydroelectric powerhouse. The powerhouse was the first in the world to successfully deliver long transmission of electricity (to Sacramento 22 miles away).
I have not been back on this off-shoot trail of the American River Trail since I last lived in town a few years ago. There are no signs to indicate it as such, but this is a dead-end trail as it stop at a fence on the prison boundary. The highlights here are a less-used dirt trail (instead of the well-paved asphalt full of pedestrians and cyclists), areas where you can explore the rocks and cliffs above the river, and views of the 3 well-known bridges in town.
The one lesson I have learned over the last few years is that there is not always a need to include an entire object. Maybe it is human nature to want to include objects in their entirety when our cameras and lenses allow. While there are certainly instances in photography, especially in landscape photography, to shoot the wide angle and include everything, always ask yourself if there are enough or too many elements in your composition. Even if you feel the need to include more when the shot is taken, you know you can still work on your composition in post. This may help with the anxiety of “Did I shoot enough of the composition?” and help with that mental transition of too much to just right.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 35mm (prime lens), f/2.8, 1/640 sec
Folsom (CA), Backlit Leaf, Shallow DOF. American River, Folsom, CA. November 16, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.