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Oaks, Grass, Fog

CaleroMornTrees2007|03|18: Oaks, Grass, Fog. Calero HIlls, California. March 18, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oaks oak trees green grass fog calero hills santa clara county park spring california color photography

Oaks, Grass, Fog. Calero Hills, California. March 18, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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March 18, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oaks, Grass, Fog

Oak Grove and Trail

OakGroveTrail2006|11|25: Oak Grove and Trail. Calera Hills, California. November 25, 2006. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak grove javenlina trail santa clara county park blue sky winter color photograph california

Oak Grove and Trail. Calera Hills, California. November 25, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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February 15, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oak Grove and Trail

Oak Grove in Morning Fog

FogTreesBW2007|01|07: Oak Grove in Morning Fog. Calero Hills, California. January 7, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak grove in morning fog calero hills santa clara county park trees grass california black and white photograph

Oak Grove in Morning Fog. Calero Hills, California. January 7, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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February 4, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oak Grove in Morning Fog

Oak and Moon, Morning

OakMoonMorning2007|01|07: Oak and Moon, Morning. Calero Hills, California. January 7, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak and moon morning calero hills santa clara county park grass tree blue sky california color photograph

Oak and Moon, Morning. Calero Hills, California. January 7, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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February 2, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oak and Moon, Morning

Oaks, Grass, and Fog

OaksGrassFog2007|01|20: Oaks, Grass, and Fog. Calero Hills, California. January 20, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak tress green grass fog calero hills sunlight road trail santa clara county california color photograph

Oaks, Grass, and Fog. Calero Hills, California. January 20, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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January 22, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oaks, Grass, and Fog

Los Cerritos Pond, Winter Morning

CaleroPond2007|01|20: Los Cerritos Pond. Calero Hills, California. January 20, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell" ("sales")    keywords: los cerritos pond morning fog trees grass reflections calero hills santa clara county park california color photograph

Los Cerritos Pond. Calero Hills, California. January 20, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell (Sales)

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January 21, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Los Cerritos Pond, Winter Morning

Oak Snag

OakSnagBW2007|01|20: Oak Snag. Calero Hills, California. January 20, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak snag calero hills santa clara county grass sky clouds california black and white photograph

Oak Snag. Calero Hills, California. January 20, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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January 20, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oak Snag

Oaks, Sunrise, Calero Hills

CaleroOaksDawn2007|01|07: Oaks, Sunrise. Calero Hills, California. January 7, 2006. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: calero hills county park santa clara county california sunrise dawn morning light oak trees grass fence color photograph

Oaks, Sunrise. Calero Hills, California. January 7, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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January 7, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oaks, Sunrise, Calero Hills

Calero Hills Ridge and Clouds, Sunset

CaleroRidgeCloudsEve2007|01|03: Calero Ridge and Clouds, Sunset. Calero Hills, California. January 3, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: sunset dusk twilight clouds red pink ridge oak trees grass santa clara valley california color photograph

Calero Ridge and Clouds, Sunset. Calero Hills, California. January 3, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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January 3, 2007 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Calero Hills Ridge and Clouds, Sunset

Oak Grassland, Twilight

CaleroDusk2006|12|28: Oak Grassland, Twilight. Calero HIlls, California. December 28, 2006. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: calero hills county park santa clara oak trees grass grassland dusk twilight central california color photograph

Oak Grassland, Twilight. Calero Hills, California. December 28, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

As a follow up to the previous post about using the Canon 5D on the trail, I thought I’d do a bit of a photography post today.

Late yesterday I did a short evening loop hike at Calero Hills Park. Although I went out with a plan to do a bunch of photography, the light was very challenging – there are hills to the west here, so the late light is block and twilight comes a bit early to the small valley I hiked through.

At the very end of the hike (at a point embarassingly close to the parking lot) I thought I might find a shot of a very familiar scene near a small lake as the last light illuminated some clouds above the ridgeline. I quickly left the trail to cross a small grassy hill and set up my tripod in windy conditions as the light faded. I took three exposures of this one scene – multiple exposures because the incredibly wide dynamic range between foreground shadows and sunlit clouds would require me to combine exposures in photoshop.

With a scene like this one works to strike a balance between the “real” appearance at the time of the exposure, the way the eye saw it, the way the mind recalls it, the remembered feeling of the scene, and decent photographic practice.

My first “take” on this scene was the black and white version I posted last night. In some ways I prefer the subtler monochrome version, though it may seem too “flat” to some viewers. As an alternative I worked up this color version. I think it is growing on me.

By the way, if you are wondering what the RAW files from the camera looked like… you’ll have to continue wondering for now. :-)
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December 29, 2006 Posted by | Photography: Calero | Comments Off on Oak Grassland, Twilight

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