“Hillside Highlights”

“The voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Bright rays of sun reflects off the tree lined hillside within the Durham Forest. Patches of light shine in golds and silvers, lighting up patches of leaf littered ground and pockets of bright green undergrowth.

I found some areas of the forest strangely devoid of undergrowth this year, which struck me as odd during this very wet summer. It looked like the snow had just melted yet it’s early September. This lack of undergrowth was somewhat disturbing but may simply be part of nature’s patter which I am just becoming aware of.

As I’ve said before, taking the time making, and later viewing these images, is allowing me to more fully appreciate the surroundings in which I make them. I spend considerable time looking for locations which offer good light and composition. I don’t just take random shots and hope for the best. For example, this image is the result of about eight attempts to get the light and camera movement right, as I work on capturing the energy I am seeing in the scene.

The resulting image contains all the elements which I originally saw: the gently sloping hillside, the trees, lined up as if marching up the hill, pright patches of light filtering the forest canopy, and a thin sliver of bright blue sky to set it all off, all within the green veil of light that fills the whole scene.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100

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