Shadows catch your attention?
Have shadows of aspen leaves against a boulder ever caught your attention?
While hiking along the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park earlier this summer, I was immediately captivated by the shadows the minute I saw them.
It was late morning. The shadows from the leaves, branches and trunk were harsh and distinct. Perfect (in my mind) for B&W.
Besides the leaves, what else?
The grouping of leaves, though, wasn’t the only aspect of the image that I wanted to bring into “focus”.
What’s the first thing you see? Probably the large selection of leaves on the right.
What’s the second thing you notice? Are you drawn to either the lower leaves in the center or the branch at the top takes you to the shadowed tree trunk.
Where did you end up?
In either case, did your eye migrate to viewing the carvings in the tree trunk?
I purposely included the tree trunk with its carvings to provide a contrast of its own, as well as a reference to their origin.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14201; 1Ds Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM, focal length 35mm, ISO 50, 1/125 second, f/6.3, spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay, developed in Lightroom
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado