Green & Gold Of Autumn Birch
It was early October, not quite 9am, when I noticed down on the hillside just above the field, a few birch trees with their colorful autumn leaves. The sunshine illuminated the trunks and leaves with a soft glow.
Being in Wisconsin, how appropriate that the leaves held an equal share of green and gold — the colors of the Green Bay Packers!
While the colorful leaves initially caught my eye, my greatest attention was placed on the two tree trunks of the birch trees. These two pillars blend in; yet stand apart from the rest of the image.
Just as when I took this picture, I find myself first viewing both trunks together. After a short time, I’m migrating over to the one left of center.
The Lines Of The Tree Trunk
Although there is nothing mystical about this particular tree trunk, the horizontal lines on the lower portion, brought forth by the morning sunshine, was for me, the main purpose of this image. It is a small part of the total composition, being further supplemented by the background trees and colorful leaves, accented by the shadows.
Using a different lens, I could have made that portion of the tree far more dominant. Doing so would have diminished the beauty of this birch tree.
This is one of those images where many parts complimented the main element, doing so in a very subtle manner.
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1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS USM
focal length 200mm
ISO 50, 1/60 second, f/11
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, Wisconsin