Michael Sanderson’s “Cloak and Drape”

Photographer Michael Sanderson
Website www.natureoflight,com
Title Cloak and Drape
Category May 2013 /Silver / Monochrome /First Place
Location Old Horseshoe Lake, Brazos Bend State Park
Reason For Making the Image I love early mornings and fog. There is a low lying area between Old Horseshoe Lake and Elm Lake at Brazos Bend State Park that has some of the most majestic old live oaks in the park. Like many of the trees there, they are draped in long strands of Spanish moss. On the right mornings, when they are cloaked in fog and the wind is very still, they stand in majestic silence with their long and twisted branches heavy with the damp moss. On this early morning, the weather was very cool and the fog fairly dense. I walked out to one of my favorite spots and took several images of this tree. It is a little more open than the other trees which allows more light to fall on the interior branches. I like that it draws you high up into the tree where you can see all the moss draping the limbs.
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, 70mm
f-stop f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/50 sec
ISO 400