Shed in an Aspen Grove
Shed in an Aspen Grove – North Carolina, USA
North Carolina is not really known for aspens though some nice stands can be found in Haywood and Ashe counties in western N. Carolina. These are not the quaking aspen variety of the western United States, but rather the big tooth aspen of the eastern US and Canada. Once the heart of the Cherokee Nation, it is no wonder why the Cherokees loved this land where they lived for many generations…until The Trail of Tears.
This image was captured on film. As much as I love the dramatic rendition of color and contrast that Kodachrome 64 provides, you really have to know that film well and use the right Kodak Wratten color compensation filters for the light provided to get good results. At ISO 18 and 64, it was also very slow. Another way to go would be Kodak E100SW film (which I used for this image), the S standing for saturation and the W for warm color spectrum. In most situations, E100SW needed no filtration. It had a tight grain structure making it very sharp, and at ISO 100 was faster than Kodachrome. All I had on the lens was a skylight filter for protection.
All that technical crapola aside, let’s consider the good stuff; the discovery of the scene, the feelings while composing that scene, cropping out everything unneeded, leaving only the essentials, then waiting till the sun is low enough to reflect its golden rays off the yellow aspen leaves which glint pure gold back at your lens. Let the magic show begin!
Nikon N90S SLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: not recorded, Kodak E100SW Professional color transparency film, filter: Nikon L37C, program mode: Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.