Not all of these recent late afternoon walks result in perfect photographic opportunities, but it is useful to be outdoors and using the creative parts of my brain at the same time. I have learned through these strolls into the hills that even the perfect oak tree can be reduced to an afterthought in a photograph if it cannot be isolated from the background. Thus, shooting a tree from a location uphill from the tree usually results in “losing” parts of it to the ground or a distant hill, especially in a silhouette situation. By far, shooting from below and having the sky as the background is the most optimal method of isolating and showcasing an oak.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 130mm, f/8, 1/20 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Oak Trees Silhouette, Power Lines Tower, Sunset. Cameron Park, CA. February 14, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.