Once They Were Giants

Forest fires dramatically alter the landscape, and often leave it unattractive. But sometimes, fires are necessary to bring about new life. On our last trip to Canada, we got to try out our creative skills in a forest recently that had recently been destroyed by fire.

This photograph was an exercise in learning to see… it was a challenge to create something interesting from a stand of dead, unattractive trees. I took this shot with a wide angle lens, with the camera pointing straight up in middle of the afternoon (I think around 3:00 PM). I waited until the sun was covered by the clouds, and the clouds within the frame formed interesting patterns. My goal was to distribute the trees in the frame in a somewhat symmetrical pattern.

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