ISO100, 35mm (prime), f/8, 1.6 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Quartz Vein, Placodioid Lichen

ISO100, 35mm (prime), f/8, 1.6 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Quartz Vein, Placodioid Lichen

The photography exercise of the day was to work compositions off a single rock, albeit a very large 10′ by 10′ rock, in the hills near the house.  I tend to approach each visit to these hills with one of two mindsets.  Capture oaks trees and the sky or focus on something specific, whether it is a tiny stream of rain runoff, tree bark, or rock outcroppings.  Instead of being all over the place in terms of photographic subjects, “forcing” myself into a specific subject helps keep the creative mind sharp.  I am looking at not only the framing the composition, but also from what angle, depth of field, and possibly different light.  Not every image works, but back home I can see what I can improve on with each image.  This becomes a metaphoric development of creative muscle memory.

Composition Notes: The thought here is to take little vignettes of the rock and lichen with the end result being the photography equivalent of an abstract painting.  The lichen serves as non-naturalistic anchor points with the quartz and serpentine veins as free-flowing color/shapes.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/8, 1.6 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Quartz Vein, Placodioid Lichen.  El Dorado Hills, CA. February 15, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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