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Lone Tree at Capitol Reef

Toward the end of the day, after returning from Cassidy Arch, we saw this lonely tree in the waning sunlight. More: http:--wp.me-P7JpRt-4g

D810 ISO...
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Toward the end of the day, after returning from Cassidy Arch, we saw this lonely tree in the waning sunlight. More: http:--wp.me-P7JpRt-4g

D810 ISO64 1-1000sec 105mm ƒ-2.8


OK, I admit it- this is a cliche image: the isolated tree in a field. I could say this is a new take on that classic (cliched) image, and maybe I will because it makes me feel better. There are two things that I think make this image special. First is the colors, and second is the light. The colors are like this all over Capitol Reef, but are rather unique to there... so that makes it good. Second is the light. It made me hit the brakes, so there must have been something about the light.

As I ran from the car to the position where I would make this image, my mind was already planing the shot. Heck, even before, because I had to grab the 70-200 before I left the car! But that is the way my mind works- I see the whole shot laid out in my head as I frame it up. So my thoughts- narrow depth of field and get the light- that was my goal.

So I got to the position I wanted, and knelt down- lower angle worked better to my mind. I am outdoors, so no reason at all to up the ISO, so I started the exposure equation with an ISO of 64. I had already thumbed the aperture down to 2.8, and I knew I would get a shutter of over 1-1000, so no tripod necessary.

I popped off a couple shots. It just seemed obvious to me that the tree had to be camera right weighted, because it reaches out to the left. I knocked out a couple of different framings, pretty much both ends of the zoom.

So I got home, and had two images. I finished both- tight on the tree, and the three in it's environment. I asked my daughter which she liked better and she said the wider one... and so that is the released version. What do you think? Would the tighter one have been better?

Prints of various sizes are available on the Fine Art America website, as well as the artists Pixel site (http:--davekochphoto.pixels.com-) and the artists personal site (http:--davekochphoto.com).

Prints of various sizes are available on the Fine Art America website as well as the artists personal site (http:--davekochphoto.com).
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Forrest_Imagery
 
Forrest_Imagery September 27, 2017
Nailed it !
Color, light, composition and DOF are all fantastic.

I've slammed the brakes on the car for many 'a shot, it makes for a long road trip but, well worth it.
Aren't you glad that you stopped ?
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