Today’s Favorite: Vine Maple
Earlier in the summer, my mom and I drove up to Oregon to go to a camp there. We ended up getting there a night early, so the next day we had some time to hang out and explore the area. We ended up stopping on the side of a country road, and then walked down to the river that ran beside it. I decided to grab my camera, to take some images of the valley. These trees are called Vine Maples. I think that they are really pretty. They do grow more like fines than tree. They wind around each other and other plants. Their trunks are skinny and smooth. My favorite part of this photo has got to be the color and definition of the leaf. The leaf is so gentle in it's structure and yet it fans out and holds itself up. The color of these trees is amazing in strong sunlight, but it is hard to capture the leaf then. Because the light is so soft in this image, all of the details and structure in the leaf are allowed to show. To contrast this intricacy, the dark stem anchors the rest of the photo and provides contrast to the leaf. This image really shows how some contrast can balance an image in order to create a pleasing composition. If you can, try to use really dark or light object to help balance a strong subject if you are having trouble or, if a composition still isn't working try to get closer.