Saturday, August 22, 2009

Week 17, Day 113, August 22, 2009 "Larch"

Years ago when I was walking through the Groton Cemetery I noticed an unique tree. This tree was huge, and it had very large branches that would travel from it's base a long way horizontally before reaching for the sky. I attempted to photograph it today. I had some luck, but found it difficult to capture it's largeness. I even tried a few shots of me standing next to it for a scale. (Working in the Earth at Atmospheric Science department taught me to do that.)

I'm not completely happy with this photo. I tried to use high contrast, black and white to look at it in a new way. I really like this tree, but am baffled on how to do it best. I hope to go back in the fall when all of it's needles turn brown before they fall off.

Lessons Learned:

Today I read another blog by Scott Bourne that I think describes it very well. In the blog the author mentioned that there are different levels of learning:

1. Unconscious Incompetence (We don’t know we suck.)

2. Conscious Incompetence (We know we suck.)

3. Conscious Competence (We know we don’t suck but have to work at it.)

4. Unconscious Competence (We know we don’t suck and taking good pictures is almost effortless.)

On this photo I feel like I'm at step 2. Woohoo, I'm 1/2 way there.

Keep Shooting.

Photo details: Exposure time 1/4 sec, Aperture f/22.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 24 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 39mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, tripod.


Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

like you say Steve: WOOHOO!

Elizabeth Gilje said...

Not sure how I missed this one, but it's a cool picture! I was going back to decide on which picture to vote on and realize I didn't see this one.

I also saw that Scott Bourne article and felt like he nailed it. I always feel like I'm between 2 and 3, but wonder if it's a 1 - because... how do you know if you don't know you suck?

Andrew said...

Great photo, and an awesome post in general. How does one progress from step 2.5 onward? :D

Next time, try a really tall tripod... I dunno. That's a tough tree to get the size in. A silhouette would look nice... maybe a person standing next to the tree against a sunset?