[click image for a larger, more arboreal view]
When you think of Louisiana, there is not much more iconic than a cypress tree. So much so, that I am kind of reluctant to photograph them. They are beautiful and elegant but the trees get a lot of attention and this leads me to wonder if there is much reason to take another shot of them. But, these days, I am really trying to not let visual cliché get in the way of taking shots. You know, if it is pretty, don’t over-think it, just take the shot. Sadly, I can’t put my hands on my 10-stop ND filter just this minute so I was not able to get the shot I really wanted. With a 10-stop, at f/22 and ISO 100 I probably could have done a 30 second exposure in full sunlight. As it was, I was just able to go for about a second and a half. The wide shot, done with a Zenitar 16mm took closer to 10 minutes, but that was at around midnight. There you have it, a few different takes on an old favorite.