“Late Autumn Japanese Maple” – Mill Valley, California – Ed Callaert – Featured Photographer
Ed is the king of large format images of the west. His portfolio is chock full of those ”lucky shots” that professional photographers seem to create time and time again. In fact one of his Bryce Canyon images is on the cover of the latest Outdoor Photographer Magazine http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/ This Japanese maple image reminds me of something out of “Alice in Wonderland”. I expect to see the Cheshire cat sitting on one of the branches above.
To see more of Ed’s spectacular large format work please view his portfolio at http://edcallaert.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. He has some of the best images of the west I have ever seen.
I do a lot of work at a very special private garden here in Mill Valley and this particular Lace Leaf Japanese Maple is one of my favorite subjects. I have many shots of it in all seasons, from bare to green to various autumn shades.
No special deal here, except for getting a tripod as low as possible and lying on the ground to take it. It was about a fifteen second time exposure, (gotta have that f22), so I needed an overcast, calm day. The Lace Leaf is not a particularly large tree: this one is about seven feet tall. This particular version is about as deep red as the tree gets before all the leaves drop. Misty rain helps the saturation.
This version was taken with a Toyo 4×5 Field camera, 75mm wide angle Rodenstock lens, Fuji Velvia and a polarizer. The good old days of film.
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