Thursday, November 6, 2008

Variations on a Theme

Aspen trunks, June Lake Loop

1/5 sec at f/22, focal length: 118mm, ISO 100 - October 18, 2008, 2:09pm PDT
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod mounted

These images were from the same trip to the East side of the Sierras as the Mono Lake Sunrise image. This grove is along the June Lake Loop, which seemed to have the best color that we could find. Both images were made within one minute of each other and yet, have two completely feels. I'm still undecided as to which one I like more. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Aspen Trunks, June Lake Loop

1/6 sec at f/22, focal length: 104mm, ISO 100 - October 18, 2008, 2:08pm PDT
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod mounted


  1. John,

    This is a tough one but I really like the "hint of color" in the background of your first image. I also prefer looking at the birch trees in a portrait layout since they draw my eye up and down the image.

    The sharpness of these two images is incredible. The 70-200mm f/4L is one of my favorite lenses to shoot with also.


  2. Hello John,
    When scrolling the page I thought 'wow' on seeing the first one. But to me the b/w image has a lot more impact. The tree trunks are so graphical and sculpture-like that the exclusion of the yellow leaves removes them from the obvious and lets them play their own song. The second image seems magical.

  3. I think the b&w version works best. If the second tree from the left were a bit brighter, it might enhance the feeling of depth. As it is, my eyes want to linger on the furthest left tree as it's edge is the brightest.


  4. Hi all. Thanks for joining in with your comments and insights. It's interesting to hear how others respond and "read" your images. I'm still undecided, but I'll give your suggestion a try Bob, and maybe that will do it for me. I'm ok with the bright edge on the left tree. For me it's a starting point within the image. It leads my eye down the trunk and over towards the other trees, where it travels back up the frame again.