I can plan the type of photo walk I think I am going to have. A hike up to a hillside of grazing land dotted with rock outcroppings and heritage oak trees. Surely there will be a rock or tree composition up there I can find, right? Yet once I am there, the best photograph of trees is from a cell phone snapshot. And the photograph that makes it into this blog is a minimalist long exposure view of clouds barely lit by the setting sun.
I do not always come away with the types of shots I plan on shooting and sometimes I end up with nothing extraordinary. Despite these “failed” attempts, I am always happy and thankful to be outside hiking and exploring in areas few people go even as these areas are hidden in plain view. Within a 10 minute radius from my home are more than a handful of areas with views of the Sacramento Valley, the Sierra, or the Folsom Lake Watershed.
Shooting Notes: I could have very well shot this image without going the long exposure route. Without long exposure, the clouds streaks (middle and upper layer) would be much more defined. With long exposure, the streaks take on more of a painted brushstroke appearance. If I ever get my hands on the Lee or HiTech Formatt drop-in filter systems, I would like to try stacking multiple ND filters and extend the long exposure to 10 minutes or more. The blending of shapes and colors would be interesting to see and experiment with.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 55mm, f/8, 104 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Cloud Bank, Fading Light, Long Exposure. February 25, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.