Here's a group of photos about something you see a lot of in the Adirondacks, but may not give much thought to when photographing... trees. Many times, trees are simply included in my compositions rather than being the subject. The problem stems from the fact that there are just so many of them, that singling one or a group of trees out in a composition becomes difficult. It's even harder to get an entire tree in a composition due to space restraints.
To overcome these obstacles, I have developed a method of including in the compositon only the important and interesting parts that are really making the photograph. Most times this means cropping out a large portion of the trees, as in these three examples. These are all similar in that I have shown only the bases of the trees. On your own, try cropping to only show the trunks or canopies of a group of trees and see what happens. Send me your results by e-mail !
For the Shutterbugs:
"Trees Near Forked Lake" was created with my Hasselblad 500 CM camera, and 80mm lens, Bogen 3021 tripod: f22 for 1/4s. Film - Fuji Velvia, ISO 50. No Filtration. I used a white reflector to add some light to the tree trunks during the exposure.
"Broken Tree and Flowers" was created with my Hasselblad 500 CM camera, and 80mm lens, Bogen 3021 tripod: f22 for 1/4s. Film - Fuji Velvia, ISO 50. A Polarizing filter was used to reduce reflections off of the grass and increase color saturation.
"White Pine and Cones" was created with my Hasselblad 500 CM camera, and 150mm lens, Bogen 3021 tripod: f22 for 1s. Film - Fuji Velvia, ISO 50. An 81B "warming" filter was used in order to reduce the bluish color of the pre-dawn light.