I especially like when the sun is low enough in the sky that it just hits the tops of the trees. The leaves seem to glow in that golden light, and really look great. If the light reaches the tree bark, as in the case of these pines, the trunks take on a reddish orange color that provides a great contrast against the sky, which is usually turning darker and darker blue as the sun sets lower in the sky. If you haven’t noticed, trees are one of my favorite subjects to shoot, and believe it or not, I’m especially fond of them when they have dropped some, or all of their leaves. I love this type of composition, with all the branches splitting off in different directions. Shooting pictures up through trees is a little rough on the neck, but worth it if you ask me. You’re amply rewarded for your pain, and a little ibuprofen goes a long way once you get home.
On this particular day, the sun was fading fast. We had hoped to be off the trail by this time, and near a lake shore where we could get some sunset pictures. Unfortunately, we were moving to slow and never got there in time. As a result, this is my sunset picture for the day, and I’m glad for it. Things don’t always work out as planned, but I guess if you’re having fun with what you’re doing anyway, there’s no harm in it. As it was, we had a great little hike, and came away with a picture or two for the effort. All in all, a great day. I wish you all the best in the coming days. I hope you are able to get out there and find what inspires you most, and make something great of it. See you all soon!!!