George W Childs State Park, Pennsylvania, USA

 
 

Yellow Maple, Forest and Light

The hardwood forests of Pennsylvania are phenomenal. The many species of trees, with their highly varied shapes and colors, in the setting of unique, rugged mountainous terrain, combine to make some of the most beautiful forests in the world.

Perfect photographing weather means perfect light for the subject, and the desired effect, and most especially—no wind. Most exposures are in the one to twenty second range, and even the slightest motion of leaves and branches can destroy sharpness and the crisp definition of details.

This photograph was taken with those perfect conditions. There was not even the slightest hint of wind—one of those rare times when nature seems to be holding her breath. The sunlight was beginning to burn through a light-to-medium thick cloud layer, and gave a bright glow to the scene—a glow which was reflected and amplified by the forest.

Canon 5DS R, 1/250 sec., ƒ11.0, Carl Zeiss 50mm, 800, Digital