Trees - Ryan Taylor


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Vine Leaves and Tree Bark Detail

Narrows Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio

"I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck." - Dorothea Lange

There is something to be said about how fascinating the amount of perspectives you can create with a photograph. The close and personal, the far and wide and everything in between. The subject will never look the same in two different kinds of light, etc. A rather early shot in my portfolio, I in fact used a wide angle to capture the essence of the tree. I question that choice now, as the "compressed" leads me to believe it would be a small telephoto. The field of view seems so cropped in that there should be distortion, yet there is none.

There is a slight amount of natural vignetting that occured on the top and bottom of the frame. An aperture of f/2.8 (the widest that the 24mm prime can shoot at) allowed the focus to be centrally on the vine growing around this tree. ISO 800 was sufficient enough to grab enough light, but keeping it just a tad bit underexposed to add some mood and mystery to the image. I like the more muted and calm colors presented here, and the composition of the vine. Regardless, this early image still holds itself together against my latest work.

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