Big Aspen, Methow Valley
Big Aspen
Methow Valley

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Photographed: Sept. 4 2002
Format: Linhof V 4x5
Film: TRI-X
Lens: 360 mm
Exposure: two minutes
f/stop: f64
Negative Development: Pyro, Normal

      I've found a terrific grove of aspen trees on Lester Road in the Methow Valley. Terrific in that the aspens sit in a small gulch that can be viewed from above on the road. The only distraction are hunters returning home down the narrow road, kicking up dust as they squeeze past my vehicle.

      I get a kick out of hunters asking what I am photographing, peering into the trees to see if they can see a deer. This is always asked with my 4x5 and 8x10 aimed into the gulch. When I tell them trees, they frown and drive off.

      A depth-of-field chart has helped me to get images into focus with any lens I am using. The long exposures mean leaves will never be fully in focus.

      Of note, aspens in this part of the world are grayer than those found in Colorado. They are known as "Quaking Aspens," in that the leaves "quake" at the slightest breeze.

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