Michael Sanderson’s “Texas Savannah”

Photographer Michael Sanderson
Website www.natureoflight,com
Title Texas Savannah
Category April 2013 /Silver / Color/Third Place
Location Prairie, Brazos Bend State Park
Reason For Making the Image This image is part of a series of images taken during the monthly photowalk that I co-lead with Laszlo Perlaky. The theme for April was plants and we were focusing on the water lilies and other wildflowers but I kept being drawn back to the prairie grasses and the waves of late afternoon light that would roll across as the low clouds moved across the sun. I waited and waited trying to get a good light on the tree in the foreground. I guess I must have given up and focused back onto the flowers when a participant who was with me shouted “look.” There was a perfect ribbon of light on the tree and the grass that had not yet reached the trees farther back. I quickly changed my tripod position and composed my image and in my haste did not check all my exposure settings so I forgot to stop down my aperture  This caused the very bottom of the foreground to be slightly out of focus, and while I didn’t think it was that important to the overall composition, I got caught and called out on it by the print competition judge. I made some of my typical adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and added warmth to the grasses for the final printed image.
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, 70mm
f-stop f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/2500 sec
ISO 100