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Oaks and Setting Sun, California foothills

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 2 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A favorite evening pastime is driving the back roads that curl with the contours of the foothills east of my home in Sacramento. It's a rural setting, carpeted with lush pastures and decorated with statuesque oaks like the regal pair in today's image.

In a scene like this I'm most concerned about retaining the color in the sky. Oaks make ideal foreground subjects for bright, colorful sunsets as its their shape, not their detail, that matters most. So I compose the oaks against the bright sky to highlight their outline, and expose for the sky to bring out the color. In this image I dodged the foreground slightly to reveal a little of the green in the meadow, but did very little processing beyond that.

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Tony Duque from Raleigh, United States

Wonderful shot, Gary! Excellent composition and execution.. balance is perfect, as are the colors.. love the detail in the naked trees. Thanks for sharing this with us... and welcome home!

2 May 2009 1:07pm

Uday from Fishers, United States

What a great shot Gary. Perfect timing, great composition and framing. Wonderful.

2 May 2009 1:48pm

Bill Jennings from Bay Area Northern Calif, United States

Gary, this is fantastic - I can't imagine any way to improve this at all. Glad you took time after your drive to insure this awesome post!

3 May 2009 5:20am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

beautiful photo! lovely composition - especially the placement of the sun and the horizon low in the frame to allow the golden light over the clouds to complete the shot at the top - nicely done!

3 May 2009 1:18pm

Justin Blanton from United States

Stunning.

17 May 2009 7:59am