Getting back to nature

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You can feel it in the air.  The nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and a few leaves are starting to turn. That can only mean one thing, time to head to the Eastern Sierra. Summer is always a slow time for my photography so I look forward to fall and the chance to get out and do more shooting. Starting in the next few weeks I’ll be doing three, nearly back to back, workshops with Gary. One in the Eastern Sierra (still a few spaces left) and then two in Yosemite.

Fall is a really pretty time but especially so in the Eastern Sierra. Timing the color is always tricky but from all reports conditions should be really nice. I can’t wait.

While the color in the trees is often the focus, the leaves don’t still have to be on the tree to make interesting subjects. This image was taken very near the end of last year’s workshop. We were all heading back to the cars in Lundy Canyon. In a few minutes we’d all be saying goodbye to each other. Not far from the car I looked down and found this single leaf, still wet with the morning’s dew and it was just begging to have it’s picture taken. I liked how the little bit of grass frames the bottom of the scene.

To make this image I used my Canon 100-400 at 400mm. (A medium or super telephoto lens can be a great addition to your landscape kit. Not every shot needs to be wide angle to be interesting.) I set the lens wide open, f/5.6, to minimize depth of field and set the shutter to 1/45th at ISO 100.