The initial plan was to drive up Mormon Emigrant Trail towards Hwy 88 and to a surprise location for me to shoot. Unfortunately, there was still snow on the roads 4 miles from the highway and we were thwarted. That led to an impromptu drive down Silver Fork Road in the El Dorado National Forest. Yes, these are the adventures we have in the remaining daylight hours after work.
As the light was beginning to fade, we came upon the bridge crossing over the Silver Fork of the American River. This fork eventually joins the South Fork to Folsom Dam, before joining the Sacramento River before enter the Delta and emptying into the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco.
The advantage of low light photography is the need to shoot long exposures. Usually in these photographs I employ the 10-stop neutral density filter which is a bit of a hassle. The filter is a screw-on which means being very careful not to undo the focus while putting on the filter. Here the low light allowed me to shoot a “properly exposed” photo with a 13 second shutter. Conversion to monochrome was performed in Nik Silver EFex Pro 2.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 55mm, f/5.6, 13 sec
Bankers Tree (CA), Boulders, River, Bare Plant, Monochrome. El Dorado National Forest, CA. April 30, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.