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Oaks at Sunset, El Dorado Hills, California

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 24 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I think every landscape photographer should have "go-to" locations within 30 minutes of home where they can go when conditions appear to be shaping up for something special. This is one of my go-to locations. I love the way these oaks stand out against the western sky, making it an ideal scene for a sunset silhouette.

I "discovered" this spot one evening a few years ago as I drove the roads south of El Dorado Hills, in the foothills near Sacramento. The setting sun painted the western sky in beautiful blue and orange hues and all I needed was a foreground. I was quite happy to come across these trees, just in the nick of time.

When I returned home I was very pleased with this image, but as I often do, I asked myself what could make it better. I decided the same scene with a crescent moon would be fabulous, so I did my homework and returned about 2 1/2 weeks later when a new moon would set just after the sun. I'll post that image in a couple of days and let you decide which is better. I'll tell you in advance that I can't decide because there are things I like about each. Stay tuned....

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Elora from Genoa, Italy

I like this shot very very much! I think it is wonderful! Can't wait to see the one with the crescent moon!

24 Apr 2009 11:17am

Uday from Fishers, United States

Wonderful shot.. I really like your passion and envy your effort to be at these beautiful places to take such great shots. At the same time, thank you for not only bringing these shots to us, but also providing such a good description of each one of them.

24 Apr 2009 12:56pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Love this shot Gary, I really like how the dark cloud above the oaks virtually duplicates the line of the hill. Look forward to seeing you later this evening.

24 Apr 2009 1:34pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Bring it on, but this will be hard to beat.

24 Apr 2009 6:52pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh wow! Orange and blue have been my favorite colors since I was a kid! A knockout in my book, Gary!

25 Apr 2009 1:07am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiul shot

25 Apr 2009 4:23pm

joel from alliance, United States

great harmony between tree contours and cloud bank, Gary.
Very nice composition.


25 Apr 2009 6:54pm

Photosanity from Folsom, United States

Beautiful shot Gary - you are inspiring me to get out more often here at home - I have some spots scoped out too but never make the trip at the right time of day - Thanks for the push!

1 May 2009 4:53am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

This is gorgeous!!!

6 May 2009 7:37pm

Jhani from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Amazing ... Grreat Shot

7 May 2009 4:06pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

and here...perhaps the Sapphire...

12 Jan 2011 8:37pm