Lost In Trees

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 6D
8453/11470 sec. / ISO 100
Nearest Area
Eastern Oregon
Boardman, Oregon

Lost in the Trees by Vincent James

After years of dreaming about a visit to the wondrous place that is the Boardman Tree Farm in Northeast Oregon, I finally made the hour and a half drive out last Fall while visiting the Columbia River Gorge. It was mid-afternoon, not ideal light, had no idea if the leaves were still on the trees or what color they were, and I didn't even know if they would let me in to photograph. How I would get official access to this place was a bit of a mystery, and I could not track down any reliable information online at all. Still I took the chance. After 80 or so minutes of vast flatness, and no trees in sight anywhere I began to see this epic playground off in the distance.

I was blown away. I pulled over after the exit just outside the Tree Farm in amazement, and honestly couldn't even think about how to begin to photograph what I was seeing. The leaves were mostly deep yellow and orange. Just beautiful. As I stood there in a wide wonder with my camera and tripod, a gentleman drove up in a pick up truck and asked if I had a permit. "Um, I was just wondering about how to get one of those!" I said. He lead me to the main office and once the permit was squared away, I was able to roam and get lost inside this pleasure dome for about an hour.

As I shot, I remember thinking about ways to capture the feeling and essence of being there in that moment. I also was trying to find some singular unique elements to compose to with among the incredible repetition. The late afternoon Sun began to be visible intermittently, so I waited for an ideal moment to use a hard edge of one of the trees and a small aperture setting to create a sunstar just slightly off center in a few compositions.

I will never forget the magical feeling of being alone in this peaceful, unique and surreal place. Earlier this year I learned the Boardman Tree Farm property had been sold, and all the trees would be cut down. Of course that made me immensely sad. I now feel even more blessed to have had the chance to capture a few images of it before it was gone forever.

Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm L

Aperture: f/22
Shutter: 0.6 sec
Focal Length: 28mm
ISO: 100

Date Added
October 27, 2016
Date Taken
September 27, 2016
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