It is time to start getting back into landscape photography. For me, this is spring training. Not only is it time to go out and shoot with increasing frequency, but it is time to consider the game plan for the rest of the year. Plan a list of possible locations to shoot. Plan the type or style of photography and assess whether new or upgraded gear is needed.
Style and gear. To those ends, this is the year to shoot more nightscape photography with low level lighting, which is a combination of astrophotography and off-camera lighting using dimmable LED panel(s) instead of camera flashes/strobes. There are already tons of photographers excelling in Milky Way astrophotography, but very few using off-camera lighting. The advantage of the lighting is that it creates a more natural 3-D photograph as natural shadows are re-introduced. New gear is definitely needed!
Location Notes: This lone oak tree sits in the middle of grazing land between Old Placerville Road and Scott Road in Folsom, just south of Hwy 50. In the next few months there will be a road built to connect those two roads and will come near this tree. Development in Folsom south of the 50 is starting to pick up steam again with home prices and demand increasing. I hope there is enough space between this new road and landmarks such as this tree.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 270mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec
Folsom (CA), Lone Oak Tree, Grass Hills, Afternoon Shading. April 08, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.