Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio
"Learn rules carefully so you can break them properly."
If you don't like the way your compositions are turning out, look up. That's exactly what I did for this woodland canopy one winter morning. After a several mile hike deep into the glen for some peace and calm, the sun gave way and delivered this bright blue sky which I adored. After taking in the sights of my first visit to the forest, I went straight to work on this wide angle view as it projects itself heavenward.
A 24mm prime lens mounted on a DSLR that's mounted on a carbon fiber tripod. I looked up and around for the best "scene" I could isolate out of the forest, and the gear was pushed up very very close to this single impressive pine tree. The way the tree and surrounding ones implies a massive and tall expanse of the forest was the look I aimed for. 1/30 of a second was just fast enough as the winds were nonexistant inside the woodland. f/16 kept everything in view as you look up the tree and ISO 1000 for how deep and dark in shadow the forest was. Let's not forget the smell too! One of the easier landscapes I've had the pleasure to work with.
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