Lonely Trees on a Hill

This is a cooler rendering of the two oak trees.
It was worth the hike!
Published: December 19, 2019
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While shooting an old barn in a field, I noticed two trees on a lonely hill in the distance.  Even more striking was the very dark, freshly plowed dirt and I knew that there had to be a picture there somewhere.  After beating the pavement and finding out the owner of the land, I received permission and was off with my trusty A7r iii.  The weather was promising: full of drama with dark rain clouds mixed with sun.  The best weather for landscape photography!

The gate was locked and thus required about a half a mile hike up this hill.  After needing a rest stop about 75% of the way up, I turned around and saw the beautiful territorial view in the distance.  With my Sony 12-24 f/4, I shot a +-2 stop HDR bracket at F11 to keep the foreground grass in focus.  Since I was on a tripod and wind wasn’t a concern, I set the ISO at 100 and let the bracket shoot shutter speeds.  Later processing gave me this beautiful rolling hills shot! 

I captured this while hiking up a hill to get a different picture, but couldn't pass this up.

I captured this while hiking up a hill to get a different picture, but couldn’t pass this up.

After catching my breath, I finished up the hill, knowing that every minute delayed could lose me the light I wanted.  There they were… the two trees I saw from a few days ago.  Beautiful Oak trees I guessed to be about 100-200 years old, perhaps seedlings when Oregon was just being discovered and populated.  With the light waning, I started walking around the trees and capturing the trees from various vantage points.

The Rejects…

Here are my shots I didn’t care for and my comments on why I liked and did not like them.

My Final Picks

Some of these shots happened because I kept walking and getting different vantage points of the same subjects. Don’t be afraid to change your point of view!

Did I choose correctly, which one is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments!

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