This photo was made in early November and autumn had settled in comfortably, for an extended stay. The days had already shortened enough to bring out amazing, bright colours, but the air was warm and comfortable. Best of all, the bugs were gone; even the dopey fall wasps.
Along a minor path of the south-east corner of the East Duffins Creek Headwaters trail is this beautiful grove of maples, interspersed with beech trees. The maples had already dropped many of their leaves, but the beaches, with their smooth,metallic looking, trunks, were magnificent, as the soft, warm sun shone through the canopy and set them ablaze with golden light. I stood here for a long time, reveling in the beauty. The leaves seemed to be almost on fire with their own light, thus the title, “The Fire Within”. There really was no other way to describe this scene. I also employed my vertical-pan abstract technique to further enhance the surreal feeling of this place. I think it nicely locks in some fine details but the movement adds life to it.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 135 mm 1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 250
Have you ever driven past a place dozens of times and thought, “I should stop sometime and make a photo of this”? That was the case with these poplars in Pickering. They are at the corner of side roads that I pass several time a year. But, the light is never quite right, or it’s dull and uninteresting looking.
On this particular day, I had my camera with me, but had no intention of doing any nature photography. It was a dull, rainy day and the landscape was pretty washed out. As I approached the trees, the sun broke through and the poplars lit up a bright yellow. I thought, “I should stop today and make photo of these today”. As I was having this internal conversation, the light began to shift again and a light rain started falling. So, I swung the car around and parked on the shoulder, got my gear ready and proceeded into the adjacent field to see what the light offered. It was not till I got home and looked at the images that I realized just how stunning they turned out.
I am so happy that I made the decision to stop (with some prodding from my wife). My advice, when the opportunity presents itself, take it, it may not present itself again. To this day, I have not seen the conditions even close to that day, driving the back roads of Pickering.
Nikon D300 Nikor 70-300 mm f/5.6 @ 70mm 1/4@ f/11.0, ISO 200