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Tree with Sunbeams   Featured in PhotoFlash #012
  Tree with Sunbeams
Tree with Sunbeams
© Jim Miotke
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Canon EOS D30 Digi...
becky estey

member since: 1/21/2004
    This is a lovely shot, I work mainly with a SLR camera. (Have a digital but its getting on in age). How do you set up to get a shot like this? Early morning? After a rain shower? Thanks

2/10/2004 6:33:43 AM

Jim Miotke
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Hi Becky,

Thanks very much for your kind comments.

This is more an example of continually getting out there and looking at the quality of light in each scene. This was captured in the early morning hours on a partially cloudy day. So your instincts are right ;-)

I have had my eye on this gorgeous, huge tree in a local park for some time. My hopes are to photograph it during all four seasons (but I missed the snow this year so that will likely have to wait until next year).

Thanks again!

2/10/2004 8:20:16 AM


member since: 2/16/2004

I'm curious, when you photograph this tree for each season, will you use the same angle or vary the shot.
I have a favorite tree and have the same plan - then I want my artistic friend to pen and ink it for me.
Thanks - I've enjoyed your site.

2/16/2004 10:20:47 AM

Jim Miotke
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Hi Robin,

My goal is to photograph the same subject from exactly the same point of view, and then combine them into one photo montage. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Your pen and ink version is a great idea too.

Thanks for the kind comments - enjoy the seasonal photography! (Let's compare results in a year or so).

2/16/2004 1:11:12 PM

June R. Cooper
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member since: 7/27/2003

Jim...Love the way you caught the light...I had an old tree not far from home ,I was tring to take it in all seasons & it fell this year..I felt like I had lost a dear friend....June

3/15/2004 1:06:07 PM

Patti Ludrosky
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member since: 6/25/2003

New to digital, love my 35mm. But this pic just blew me away... the angle, the light... I see I need to get out there more!~the eye sees, the time of day...... love it jim!~ just ~sigh~

3/15/2004 11:20:41 PM

Frank P. Luongo
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member since: 6/7/2004

I agree with everyone else.
This is a beautiful capture of light.
I am realizing more and more the importance of unferstanding and using light to create compelling photographs.
However, I wish there was more information out there on how to meter such scenes which by nature are contrasty.Meter from bright area,open up one stop?Can you give me a general guideline?


9/28/2004 10:55:37 AM

Jim Miotke
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Owner,, Inc.

Thanks to all for your comments.

Frank, I highly recommend either Bryan Peterson's book on the subject, "Understanding Exposure", or his course of the same title. There is no simple guideline but rather an arsenal of guidelines. Bryan is the best on this subject, hands down.

Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

12/21/2004 9:45:36 AM

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