Instead of driving 2 minutes and then walking 5 minutes to the oak-studded hill near the house, I decided to make a hike of it and approach the hill from the other direction. The walk certainly takes a bit longer (10 minutes), not by much, but does provide a good uphill workout on the way there.
Without much sunset light to work with this afternoon and thus lacking contrast to the landscape, the composition I ended up with was focusing on the lichen and the oak tree bark. With overcast skies, the colors here really show up and pop off the bark. In general, overcast days are great for photographing flowers as the colors are not being blown out by the sunlight.
Shooting Notes: I was being a bit lazy here with using the correct lens and securing the stability of the tripod. The results, when zoomed in, show the effects of this laziness. I already had the 18-55mm lens on the camera, but should have used the much sharper 35mm fixed lens. The camera bag was 50 feet away and I just went with what I had. The ground here is grass, not nice clean cut lawn grass, but scrub oak pasture grass that is lumpy. There was a tiny bit of movement if I touched the camera/tripod setup, but since I was using the wireless remote trigger, I did not worry as much. Well, between the two decisions, there are areas of the photograph that are not sharp, most notably the orange lichen toward the bottom left.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 46mm, f/8, 1/8 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Oak Tree Bark, Orange and Green Lichen. El Dorado Hills, CA. January 31, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.