El Dorado Hills (CA), Foggy Haze, Layered Hills, Tree

ISO100, 135mm, f/8, 1/2000 sec
El Dorado Hills, CA

It has been some time since the last post on this blog.  More important, and often fun, priorities have been at the forefront.  The occasional photo opportunities lately usually involve spontaneous shots such as walking outside during a break at work or on a drive either to or from a destination.

Not wanting to sound like a broken record for the 3rd straight year, but this has been a dry winter.  Great for outdoor activities, but horrible for the on-going drought in California.  Strangely, a heavy fog lingered in the area for most of the day and resulted in an even haze by late afternoon.  The photograph in this post is a product of almost daily drive-bys on the way home.  While some of the interesting sunsets have almost caused me to stop for a shot, it was this perfectly smooth backlit composition that made me finally search out a parking spot and take a few shots.

In post, the thought was to keep the photograph in the natural “color” and not convert to black and white.  The second thought was to crop to a 16×9 ratio.  I wanted to keep the 3 layers of hills and the bright sky.  The 4th, barely visible hill in the foreground, is a bit of a distraction, but cropping it out would result in an even more unconventional ratio beyond 16×9.  I may eventually apply a graduated filter in post to blend the 4th hill into the 3rd.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 135mm, f/8, 1/2000 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Foggy Haze, Layered Hills, Tree.  El Dorado Hills, CA. February 17, 2015. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.