There are several ways to look (and photograph) a majestic oak tree. At the macro level, it is the overall form of the tree – either the perfect round canopy or jagged branches every which direction. At the micro level, it can be the bark, leaves, small elements. And in between, we have middle ground in this photograph. In the cold months, the numerous twists and turns of the bare branches resemble dendrites of the brain. A non-micro view mimicking a microscopic view.
Shooting Notes: As I first setup for this composition, the setting sun was completely covered by clouds. A few shots were taken at that point. Over the course of 10 minutes, the branches slowly warmfrom the right side until the full sun emerged. In review of the images, the best light is when the sun is partially out. No sun and full sun and the image looks flat. With partial sun, the light and shadows provide an added depth.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 68mm, f/9, 1/6 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Oak Tree Branches, Sunset Light, Blue Sky. El Dorado Hills, CA. January 25, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.