Hope Valley Mixed Foliage
Time of day: mid-day (overcast)
October 16, 2010
This scene is found near a campground stream not far from Sorensen’s Resort. I parked and walked down to the stream while Casse rested in the car. After summing up the potential of the area, I returned to the car the get my camera and talk Casse into photographing along with me.
Photographing mixed foliage is quite often a challenge. Close-up, it usually looks rather confused and cluttered, even junky. The challenge is to exclude as much of the clutter as possible to arrive at a coherent composition. Much easier said than done, since sometimes backlit colors “drive” the composition and the clutter becomes irrelevant in the glowing scene.
With the above info as a guide, I dove in. It was an overcast day so the sun wasn’t any help backlighting the colorful foliage. I finally stumbled upon this view (and I do mean stumbled, I tripped upon a rock) and went to work. Only after viewing the image on my monitor at home did I realize that I might have something here. It wasn’t as though I was convinced that it was a good scene at time of capture with of all the distracting clutter around.
I’ve got to hand it to the masters who photograph in the woods. I have a new appreciation for their art. Those images don’t just “leap-out-atcha,” you gotta dig deeply to find 'em.
The small central conifer seemed strikingly out of place here. It’s lovely dark green is set-off by the yellow foliage behind.
A polarizer was used in this mid-day shot.