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A Foggy Day – Tree – Photo
This image was created on the Blue Ridge parkway, about an hour and a half from my house.
My cousin and I were headed to Floyd County for the day and as we were driving along in the “somewhat early” morning, the mist and fog of a rather rainy day gathered around us.
As we moved along at the breakneck speed of about 45 miles per hour I happened to glance out and see this tree. The car was stopped and I ran back with my camera and 70-200 mm lens.
There are a few things going on here that are somewhat interesting.
First off the composition is different than a lot of images we normally see. The official term, I believe, is negative space. The large amount of emptiness above the tree gives the viewer a feeling. Maybe a sense of surrealness and separation from reality, along with tranquility and solitude.
Another thing that adds to this image is the fact that I took it with a 70-200 mm lens. Using a longer focal length gives you a separation from your subject, in the foreground, and whatever is in the background. In this case it helps to give the tree some separation from the mist and field beyond.
Finally I think the colors in this image play a big part in why I like it. To achieve this I essentially created a black and white image. Then inside of Lightroom I added some color using the Split Toning option in the Develop module.
And there you have it!
In case you wondered, this image was part of a gallery showing this fall at the Academy of Fine arts in Lynchburg. I didn’t win anything but my image was one of fifty chosen from about five hundred… so that was nice.
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