Friday, February 14, 2014

Contender Don Jacobson

The Aspens in the Inyo National Forest remind 2014 American Landscape Contender Don Jacobson of his previous home near his favorite fall tree, the Quaking Aspen

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Photographer: Don Jacobson

Location: Bishop Canyon, Inyo National Forest, CA

When did you take this photograph? October 19, 2013

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, Manfrotto tripod and ballhead

The story behind the shot:
I started at first light, driving up the canyon to where there was almost continuous snow cover on the ground. I photographed aspens and aspen leaves on the snow and then stopped at several locations, working my way down the canyon. This photo was taken just before the sun peeked over the hillside, dramatically changing the beautiful soft lighting with one that was too harsh. I then drove to Bishop for breakfast.

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
I used Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS6 and NIK Color Effects Pro Tonal Contrast Filter.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
I lived on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada for many years. My home was close enough to the "east side" that I often was able to take day hikes and still return home for dinner. The fall was my favorite time of year to see one of my favorite trees, the Quaking Aspen. It was the first plant that I learned a scientific name, Populus tremuloides. After moving to Portland, OR, I missed the blaze of fall colors displayed by my favorite tree. I decided to put a week aside to travel to the eastern Sierra and visit my tree friends. I was rewarded with a gorgeous pallet of color.


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