This is another one of my texture and more abstract shots from this weekend's autumn Yosemite shoot. This shot was taken by the Merced near Fern Falls. This area was one of the stretches of road where there were plenty of deciduous trees. Upon getting to the bank of the Merced I was surprised at how much foilage lined the ground. I felt like I was flung back to the east coast days seeing so many beautiful leaves littered on the ground.
I looked around trying to find a composition I liked. In the end this was my favorite as it was also my most simplistic shot. I wanted the bottom of the branches and yellow leaves to intersect the Merced to create a stronger contrast between the two colors. Hence I propped my tripod on top of a fallen tree to get as high as possible for this shot. The slower shutter also revealed some nice texture of the river flowing over and around the rocks.
Based on some recommendations and suggestions I changed this to a 4x5 crop to isolate the yellow leaves and river better.
Canon 5D mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
Hoya Pro-1D polarizer