With film photography you take your best shot and move on to the next. I follow my instincts and compose in the viewfinder. There’s no temptation to what-if an image until the roll of film is completed and processed. I took six photos during my latest trip to Ceres this past Monday and I’m pleased with all six — I’d call that a rich harvest.
This first shot was taken on the ridge trail, not far from where it branches from the main trail. The narrow ridge trail takes the high ground to the east of the two lakes in Ceres, eventually linking to the main trail around the south end of Emerald Lake.
I used my spot meter to check shadows and highlights and was rewarded with what I consider a near perfect exposure. The photo matched my vision of the scene: textured shadows, soft light and rich mid-tones.
This shot is busy, busy with light, life and shadows. You might see a peek of the lake below through the trees.
Look familiar? This scene was taken on a low portion of the trail at the bottom of a steep slope. I shot this same scene back in the spring using the same camera and lens but the mood here is much different. It was dark under the heavy leaf canopy this time. I was after the light spilling down the slope and the rich shadows and textures. I do like the way the trees cling with their exposed roots and climb the slope.
From here I took a shortcut across a swampy area between the two lakes. The trail crosses the water on two short wooden plank bridges. I kept moving because the mosquitoes were thick. When I got back to the main trail I did stop to take two photos of the cedar swamp that I posted yesterday.
I cut across another shortcut here (this time a dry one) and saw this stump, forest debris and small pools of light on the forest floor. I couldn’t resist taking one last photo before leaving Ceres for the day.
As often as I’ve travelled the trails in Ceres, each time is different. I walk quietly and pay attention — this visit rewarded me with a rich harvest of images.