I’m starting to go through the photographs taken in the last month or two from the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake, and Hope Valley. On tap today is a composition I found while focusing on the smaller scenes. After hiking the Fire Trail above Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley, I was in limbo as where to look next for Fall Colors. As it was still mid-afternoon, my guess was that the large stand of aspens towards the west and near Hope Valley Campground and the Hwy 88/89 intersection would still be lit by the harsh mid-day light. So I took the option of being under a bit more shade and hopping on boulders with my photo gear to the east of Sorensen’s along the Carson River as it moves down the eastern slope and eventually into Nevada.
The colors were not as spectacular as I had hoped and there was still too much sun shining down in most areas. That’s when I started looking for pools of swirling aspens in the water. With not much luck finding swirling pools either, I focused on any aspens leaves in the water. This photograph is one result of these efforts.
I boosted to ISO400 so I could speed up the shutter speed as the leaf was moving with the water action. Shooting at ISO100 would have resulted in a shutter speed of 1/8 and cause the leaf to be blurry. Even at the my settings, there is still a little blur to the leaf, but hopefully the overall composition is detracted by that.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted avg metering mode, 55mm, ISO 400, 1/30 sec, f/10
Driftwood, Aspen Leaf, Granite. West Fork Carson River, Hope Valley, California. October 23, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.