Gray Trees with Color
Gray Trees with Color won a first place award from Mamiya America Corporation, Lowe Pro USA, and Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
Gray Trees with Color – North Carolina, USA
Nikon N90S SLR, Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Fujichrome Velvia 50 scanned on Heidelberg Saphir drum scanner, M-up Mode, exposure not recorded, Manfrotto 3221 tripod, Manfrotto 3265 ball head.
Gray Trees with Color was captured in a very different way for me. It is not my modus operandi to conceptualize an image in my mind at home in Los Angeles before embarking on a trip, but that is exactly what I found myself doing. It was October and I was heading to Western N. Carolina for the autumn color. In my mind, I kept seeing a row of trees, devoid of all color, only shades of gray with a hillside draped in a spectacle of autumn color as a backdrop. It was an eleven day trip, two travel days and nine photography days. Surely enough time to find it, but on day ten I woke up with the feeling that my vision was going to elude me. My cousin Ed and his wife Barb had invited me to dinner that evening at their home in Asheville so I figured I might as well leave on the early side. I took a round about way to catch the Blue Ridge Parkway only to find out it was closed due to a mud slide. There was a dirt road heading off through the woods. Who knows, I thought, maybe it goes all the way to Asheville. It did not, but it did turn out to be the road to Gray Trees with Color.