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Trees and Granite, Morning | by G Dan Mitchell
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Trees and Granite, Morning

Trees and Granite, Morning. Yosemite National Park, California. July 27, 2011. © Copyright 2011 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


Morning light shines on the trees clinging to massive granite domes in the high country of Yosemite National Park.


I'll write a bit less about this photograph since I posted it already in a color rendition and described some of the background of the image in that earlier post. The basic idea is that I used a very long focal length to isolate the single primary tree against a world of granite that recedes toward the rising sun that is above and out of the frame to the right.


When I made the photograph I had a pretty good idea that it might work as black and white. In fact, though I don't recall for certain, I think I was leaning towards thinking of the scene in black and white when I made the exposure. (Those last two sentences must seem strange if not almost perverse to people whose primary background is in film!) Sometimes, as with this scene, I end up liking both versions, at least at first. While I may end up leaning toward one or the other more after I live with the prints a while, right now I go back and forth. Of course, when two things are different it is not necessarily the case that one must be better than the other; sometimes they are just different.


Oddly, one thing that inclined me towards black and white ends up also suggesting color. Because so much of the content of the frame is nearly monochromatic I think I originally felt that with so little color to work with that it might make sense to just let it be monochromatic. But then, "with so little color to work with," the subtle effect of color begins, in some ways, to be even more important.


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Taken on July 27, 2011