Star Spangled Maples

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Star Spangled Maples

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This was the very first image I made upon arriving in Zion National Park for the fall colors. We rolled into camp around noon, and after setting up camp immediately set out for a less traveled area of the park to scout for compositions. As I rounded a bend in the wash, this maple immediately captured my attention, as it stood out starkly with its brilliant yellow leaves against the deep red sandstone wall in the background. The fact that the tree had only half of its leaves remaining on the branches worked out so well, because it provided a bed of yellow beneath the tree amongst the bluish tones of the rocks and reddish tones of the wet sand. The scarcity of leaves also allowed the delicate shapes of the individual leaves to be revealed on the tree, where they would ordinarily be masked out by appearing a solid mass of yellow or green. I believe I may have caught this beautiful tree at exactly the decisive moment when it was at its very best look of the entire year.

 

Intrepid 4x5" Field Camera

Schneider-Kreuznach 90mm ƒ/8 Super-Angulon lens

Fujifilm Velvia 100 large format transparency film

2 seconds @ ƒ/64

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