Saturday, November 21, 2009

I often drive by this path cut through some pine trees that I've always wanted to stop and try to capture. I got up early today and arrived just as the sun was starting to come up - with an extra large coffee to keep me warm. Since it was quite dark, a long exposure was necessary and a tripod a must. I also used a bubble level that slides into the hot shoe to ensure that the camera was level (a very useful tool when you have a horizon to worry about).

When I was walking to this spot, I came upon two grouse that didn't stick around to watch me take pictures. There were also several different groups of Canada Geese that flew overhead while I was there, honking their way south for the winter. The one thing I love about nature photography is the nature!

I took two main images of the location. A landscape (horizontal) with the path centred in the frame to give a tunnel effect of the trees lining the path and a portrait (vertical). For the portrait, I wanted to have something in the foreground and settled for mushrooms that were at the side of the trail.

Here is the landscape version:

17-40mm lens @ 40mm, f22, 120 seconds, ISO 100

And here is the portrait:

17-40mm lens @ 17mm, f22, 90 seconds, ISO 100

Finally, a closeup of the mushrooms in the portrait image.

70-200mm @ 155mm, f22, 45 seconds


  1. Rob,

    I haven't been on line in quite a while, but I'm back and came by to check out your photos again. I love the way you describe things and you take amazing photos.
    I have never had any education into photography, except for what I have learned along the way. But nature is by far my favorite subject.


  2. Thanks Fonda for the kind comments! One of my goals is to offer some help to others to help them learn more about photography and include some supporting images to go along with each entry. I hope you (and others) find this useful. Nature is also my favorite and I enjoy my time both behind the lens and also just sitting there surrounded by nature.