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"Lone Oak"
Location: Lexington Reservoir, Los Gatos, California.

I am always on the hunt for lone oak trees. There is something very captivating about them photographically. Mostly I imagine these oak trees on the rolling hills of northern California, but when I saw this oak trees submurged in water and without it's leaves I felt the contrast very appealing. Here is this oak tree that seemingly appears devoid of life even though there is plenty of water to nourish it.

Anyhow, the story is that this year has been very wet in California with significantly above average rainfall. This has caused water levels in reservoirs to rise to levels not seen in several years. So what used to be a hiking trail around this oak tree is now submurged under water. So I was glad to take this opportunity and photograph this oak tree using long exposure to smooth out the ripples and give a minimalist composition.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 40mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 70sec at f/14 and ISO 50
Filters: Lots of solid ND filters to cut down light for long exposure and LEE ND Grad 0.9 soft edge

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