©David A. Ziser
This image was made while driving from Vail, Colorado to Aspen in August. The drive is just beautiful as you make your way through the grand peaks of the Rocky Mountains. We were about 20-30 miles outside of Aspen when we found ourselves driving through several groves of Aspen trees. For a Midwestern boy, this was a beautiful "Ansel Adams" moment. We pulled over and spent about an hour just exploring and photographing the surrounds. I was recently reviewing the images from the shoot and came across this image. It turns out it is my favorite from the several hundred images I captured. I love the tonalities, the textures, and rhythm of the scene. Look how the light just "dances" on the bark of the trees. I brought the image into Lightroom, converted the image to B&W using the Grey-scale tab and then toned down the greens and yellows to pop the contrast of the Aspens tree trunks with the surrounding foliage. Camera specs; Canon 50D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 200mm, F5.6 @ 1/125 second, ISO 200.