On this winter solstice I thought it would be a good idea to close out autumn on a high note. Or, a golden note if you prefer.
I made this picture a couple of days ago. Yeah. I know, I said the trees where bare. This is Southeastern Louisiana. We live in a semi-tropical and swampy place. Nothing ever really comes to an end in nature. The Japonica trees are already blooming. Normally, that happens in February. I know that because it’s a Mardi Gras thing.
I broke a big rule in photography. They say never to shoot directly into the sun. My response is why? They say that it will hurt the sensor. No, it won’t. The exposure isn’t for minutes or even seconds. This image was made at 1/1,250th of a second. Besides, the sun is just peaking through the tree. It’s right about at the red area sort of in the center of the tree.
The effect wasn’t done in the computer. I did a little finishing post production. That’s all. The rest was done in-camera. I intentionally moved the camera so that I could create this effect. I do this stuff intuitively. You can do it too. Just very slowly drag the camera or phone in the direction you want the blur.
I’d like to photograph something to honor the solstice. You need little light for that. The weather is cold, gray, overcast, and rainy.
And, so it goes.