Wow that's a beautiful twist in the trunk. Portra?
No it was Velvia 50. Here's another one with Velvia. I came across this right after the snow stopped. I wanted to capture the quietness that I felt. You know the kind that the snow muffles and the only thing you hear are the crunches under your feet. When the sun started to set, the pinks just added to the serenity. I think I caught it.
I am more of a 'finder' than a 'waiter'. I do have trees I go back to and check on the light, but mostly I just wander about looking at the light, and when a composition moves me, I set up the camera.
This one has trees in it -- and a waterfall, but it is more about the falling light. In my wanderings (first and only time I have been in this spot), I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was a bit worried because two women were showed up and were hanging out in 'my' scene as I was setting up. But they let on their own soon enough and the light only got better as I waited!
5x7 carbon print. (Columbia River Gorge, OR)
I like the scale of this as well as the tones and light. Well done.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Trees aren't so hard to shoot, main trick to keep in mind is basically using the same rules you'd use in any fine art shot. For it to be successful you gotta nail the composition first, create interest with the setting, use the lines of tree branches, use golden ratio/rule of thirds etc. It's all in the details. I try to get away from the 'boring' look you might see in a snapshot (I've done it myself: you get to the place, see a tree and start shooting without thinking, then realize it sucks), try to see the tree as a potential portrait. It's like taking a photo of a person, you can capture their essence, beauty, their unique feature or you can do a snapshot. You can focus on a specific feature or you can take in the whole crowd.