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Copper Beech

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 29 July 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Well, obviously I am channeling fall! This beech tree grows in my garden. When I was out in the garden today, strolling, pruning a bit here and there, enjoying the summer day, I looked at this glorious tree and remembered that I had some photos taken of it in all its autumn splendor. Here she is. I'm feeling in need of inspiration, a creative kick. Off to SF MOMA tomorrow to bear witness to great photographers and see the preview of the new Fisher collection.

NIKON D90 1/100 second F/3.5 ISO 200 135 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie LC from France

beautiful tones and light

29 Jul 2010 9:22am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I love the lines and color here, Barbara. You have mentioned being in a creative rut in previous posts. Have you experienced this before?

29 Jul 2010 3:53pm

@Julie Brown: Yes, Julie, I have. There is an excellent little book called "Mastery, the Keys to Success and Long Term Fulfillment" by George Leonard. He describes the process of mastering anything as one of reaching plateaus and staying there for awhile before moving on. I re-read it the other day, and it reminded me that I am, once again, on one of these plateaus. I'd recomment this book to any artist who is serious about his/her work. I think we all go through this process on our journey, and it is just a question of being patient and continuing our practice.

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

This is wonderful! Love the translucent quality of the leaves and the delicious bokeh and colours.

29 Jul 2010 4:34pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite. I'm envious of you tomorrow :))

29 Jul 2010 8:06pm

David from Detroit, United States

Beautiful backlighting and color.

29 Jul 2010 11:50pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I read your words to Julie. I am on a plateau as well. I'll have to look into that book since I haven't been taking a lot of photos. This is lovely though what you've done here. Simple, but the light is very warm, the leaves like shimmering coins.

30 Jul 2010 12:33am

@Dutçh: You will love the book, and it is a fast read. It will remind you that we need to keep taking photos, even when we do not feel inspired. That is hard for me. I am trying. I had fun in the City today and reconnected with my urge to create graphic, architectural images. One is coming up tomorrow!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful shot. The colors are so intense.

30 Jul 2010 1:13am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

lovely composition and colour tones! good focus and sharpness - each line is very well visible and the leaves are glowing with very positive energy!

30 Jul 2010 3:14am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I think the philosophy behind it too, because I was in the martial arts for several years, will be easy for me to apply.. like a refresher course. Maybe that's just what I need. Can't wait to see your shot!

30 Jul 2010 3:50am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Lovely composition and colors.

30 Jul 2010 3:57am

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

Had enough of summer already ?! Lovely scene - I like the colorful background blur and sharp focus of the leaves. I hear ya on the plateau - I have not been shooting much at all outside of vacation and other random trips - I have some ideas but never seems like I can get to them.

30 Jul 2010 3:21pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lovely simplicity - and your choice of f/stop makes this one.

1 Aug 2010 2:59pm

steve loos from hollister, United States

Barbara; as always another beautiful image! Thank you for sending the note out regarding your show Among Trees; happy showing!

1 Aug 2010 10:03pm

NIKON D90
1/100 second
F/3.5
ISO 200
135 mm (35mm equiv.)

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