Landscape: Palm trees

 

Palm Tree

Some years ago a fellow photographer friend of mine, Matt Johnson, opened my eyes to a technique in photography that I had been ignoring. That technique is the sillouette.

So one day while walking around Alice Keck Park in Santa Barbara with my Rolleiflex and tripod I made this photograph.

The composition is a diagonal line starting at the two trees on the bottom left, running through the centeral element and finishing at the tree in the upper right hand corner.

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Technical information and photo tips

Rolleiflex FX 1/500 sec f.16. Portra 160 vc film.

To achieve the sillouette you will need two things:

1. A bright background

2. An object in front of it

Underexpose the bright background a couple of stops and you are there.

The sky in this image is red because in photoshop I pulled the red over in the color balance tool.

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