Saturday, April 2, 2011

Glowing Alder

Glowing Alder, Yosemite Valley, California  2011

Glowing Alder,
Yosemite Valley, California 2011

1/80 sec at f/8, focal length: 40mm, ISO 320, Aperture-priority, -1 1/3 EV - 31 March 2011 3:53 pm PDT.
Photographed with Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 17-40mm f/4L, hand held.

Per Bartek's comments below, I went back to the original files and found one that did include the snow patch as I mentioned that is reflecting the 'glow' back on to the tree. This is as reference only, please don't judge me for this frame!

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  1. :) I misread the title as 'growing older'. I was going to ask if you could rephotograph this when the snow would have melted but as I looked at it more it started to be less annoying maybe. The thing that bothered me was that bringing out the glow of the alder made the snow gray and old and declining. But should it not be so, it is in the decline, spring is coming and the tree's rejoicing!

  2. Hey Bartek. If I go back to photograph again once the snow is gone, I seriously doubt I will see this light again. The sun's path will have changed to much. The snow is definitely on the decline but the gray tonality is more due to the fact that the snow was in shade where as the alder was bathed in beautiful, raking afternoon light. The light is coming from just back left of the frame. What you're not seeing, is just below the frame, where the light starts to hit the ground, the snow is acting as a giant reflector bouncing light back up the trunk of the alder. Rejoicing more so in such gorgeous light!

  3. With monochrome rendering and no clear reference I was not able to tell if the lightness of the tree, given the reflected diffuse light, was due to its original color or the light falling on it. And so, without knowing that there's a bright snow in the foreground I came to see the snow as gray. Maybe the inclusion of the light patch would help convey the quality of light that you experienced. As it is, and I love the result, it looks to me as a bright colored tree on an overcast day.

  4. Ok, I went back to the original files and found one that did have the snow showing in the foreground.

  5. OK Bartek, just for you! I added an unprocessed color file that had the patch of snow in it. Take a look at the post.

  6. Thanks John! I appreciate it.