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Country Road and Rolling Hills

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 15 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

Quien Sabe (Spanish for "who knows") Road is one of my favorite local back roads where I can always find a fun image. Last week I just hopped in my car and went for a drive as a clearing storm allowed for shafts of light to bathe the green hills. We have had a lot of rain lately in central California and it was a great time to be out with a camera.

I was returning from a location higher up the road when I saw this scene unfold in front of me. Immediately I grabbed my 70-200mmL lens with a circular polarizer and played with the framing until I was able to get the road to serve as a leading line to take the eye up and through the rolling hills.

It's important that lines allow for visual movement through the frame. I try to never let a line exit out of the corner of my frame as it destroys visual tension. From there, the shapes and shadows of the hill fill out the remainder of the frame, and the eye is held in by the dark clouds.

I will be leaving in the morning to teach a 4-day workshop at Big Sur. I may not get to all of your responses, but if I can find some time, I'll try to respond.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/40 second F/16.0 ISO 200 130 mm

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