Silent Nature and A. J. Windless
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Two university girls are breathless as they walk down a mountain trail of fall colors.
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September 29, 2019   f/22   1/10 second
I have come to this spot a hundred times over the past 30 years and five times during this particular season alone. It all started with a photo of these trees on the far left. In that first image they stood out from the scene, red as red can be, with the last beam of sunlight illuminating the leaves that stretch across the top. I have tried each fall season with differences in the colors, different spots, different angles, and in different kinds of light. On this occasion, as I stood here photographing and watching the light change, these two university students came walking through. My camera already on the tripod and my f/stop and shutter speed already manually set, I did not ask them to do anything for me, I just watched  and  snapped off a couple of clicks as they passed through the perfect spot on the trail. I needed f/22 to get everything in focus, which means that I needed a shutter speed of 1/10 second to get the right exposure, perfect for a slight breeze through the leaves, but a little slow for girls moving around as fast as they did. Were they models I could have asked them to stand in the perfect spot and pretend they were walking. But they were not models, and this is the real thing with genuine movement and spontaneous reaction to their enviroment.
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