Russ Nature Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio
"Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance." - Charles Lindbergh
A rather brisk hike to the farthest edge of the reserve away from the parking lot. There was a shot I previsualized from this point at the meadow. While this is not the image I envisioned as the sun was already above the horizon for the day. Sometimes plans go awry and we are left to improvise. An early spring morning in the meadow as seen here was the result. The higher elevation than I intended proved to work well, as the sun was about at level with the camera plane.
I exposed several frames to let some light in the darkest parts of the treeline in the background. Photos should have a well-rounded contrast of light to shadow, a dull, flat image is almost never a good idea. I exposed enough to keep some trees in shadow while allowing the foreground to stay rather dark. About two or three brackets total are made in this manner, the last one being of the sky to retain detail from the rising sun. For the composition this fallen tree branch in the front provided a nice line right across the frame. Landscape photography at its' finest when everything seems to fall into place.
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