Two Images from the "COVID Walks"
I just uploaded two more images captured during our local walks at neighborhood and regional parks. We've been doing a lot of those walks in the past few years, as a substitute for the grader travels and outdoor adventures of years past. "Smaller" nature can be just as wonderful to enjoy, and doing so has taught me to always be on the lookout for smaller scenes to photograph. These images aren't of mind-boggling landscapes, they showcase the everyday beauty that we can find just around the corner, even in urban areas.
Both these images were captured at Battle Creek Regional Park in the Twin Cities, just minutes from our house. It's an easy park to access and has a good variety of landscapes in a compact area. The image above is right before sunset and captured close to the parking lot from the paved trail. The tree trunks and dense foliage beyond created a perfect frame for the setting sun, resulting in this wonderful glow. As many of my recent images (including these) it was captured handheld. It was shot at 116mm at 1/80 second. I had to raise the ISO to 800 so that I could use an aperture of f/8, delivering enough of the central area of the image in focus while allowing the background (and light) to soften.
The other image was captured earlier in the day, in the harsh light of mid-afternoon. In the past, I often didn't even consider shooting in such light. It's often suggested that any self-respecting photographer should only shoot during golden or blue hour, and only publish images captured in the "best" possible light. I've found that approach limiting, even boring, and now I let myself shoot whatever captures my attention. The image above was captured in an area dense with sumac, a plant that always fascinates me but is hard to frame and compose. This pocket of light, framed by the crossing branch, stood out enough to inspire this composition. This one was shot at 100mm, using f/11, 1/125 second shutter, and ISO 320.
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