Light on the Mountain Trees

Written for JOURN 333 Photo Assignment 2.

This was a difficult assignment for me. Because of the way our house faces, hardly any light comes in. In addition, the wintery weather created dense clouds for days; and the color of the sky was barely distinguishable from one hour to the next.

Thankfully, the sky cleared up, and I got some nice pictures of the distant mountain tops near our house around noon, in the mid-afternoon and at dusk.

But as I looked over the pictures to choose one for this assignment, I realized that the big tree by our shed was “obscuring my view” — so I decided to make it the subject instead of the mountains. I really like the sunset picture. A wind storm was brewing at the time; but the gentle watercolor-like rays of the sunset were still peeking through the cloud cover.

Assignment 2 - Tree in the Soft Winter Noon

shutter speed 1/200
aperture (or f/number)  f/9.0
ISO  100
white balance daylight
exposure mode Basic – No Flash

Assignment 2 - Tree in the Sunny Afternoon

shutter speed  1/200
aperture (or f/number) f/10.0
ISO  100
white balance  daylight
exposure mode  Basic – No Flash

Assignment 2 - Tree in the Stormy Sunset

shutter speed 1/13
aperture (or f/number)  f/5.6
ISO  100
white balance  daylight
exposure mode Basic – No Flash
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