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Saturday, 09 November 2019 23:20

A Leaf or Two Shy of a Tree

There is something magical about a fall-foliage forest that has lost a good part of its colorful leafy cloak. The foliage that remains after the initial attacks of wind and rain seem to offer ways of "seeing through" that are not present in the crowded, pre-storm canopy. Early last week Bonnie and I took a day to explore the extremity of the Foothills Parkway east of Cosby, Tennessee. A substantial storm a few days earlier had brought down a significant portion of the leaves covering the brightly colored hardwoods, yet what remained seemed to offer an impressionist palette of tonalities in a pointillist view of the woods.

A focal length of 40mm, just on the cusp of "normal," gave me the angle-of-view I wanted, an intimate slice of the whole. An aperture of f/16 provided depth of field; and at ISO 100 provided a shutter speed of 15.0 seconds in the absolutely still late-afternoon air, thus creating a slightly-lighter-than-medium exosure.

In the Southern Appalachian forests of late-October and early-November the vibrancy following the first storms is every bit as attractive as the forest of full-color that was two days earlier.

 

Saturday, 02 November 2019 16:19

When the Colors Fade

Sometimes my good intentions lead me astray. I had every intention, when I began to process this image, of allowing the appealing fall colors I had captured to remain the stars of the show. Somehow along the way the lines, shapes, and forms of this intimate place along the Blue Ridge Parkway took control and completely overwhelmed the scene and became a whimsical Black & White conversion, with a slight amount of negative clarity added for good measure.

A focal length of 100mm, somewhere near the far end of short-telephotoland, gave me the intimate angle-of-view I wanted with some slight magnification. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field and ISO 200 allowed me to cut the shutter speed to 2.0 seconds, which, along with patience, meant that I could stop the slight breeze wafting through the forest before me.

Even in the midst of a fall color extravaganza, it's always worthwhile to consider the visual field as a monochromatic possibility.

Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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