Anyway, there was a somewhat boring sunset today, but it cast a nice orange light, so I figured I'd go out and give it a try.
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There are a few things I'm dissatisfied about with this, but a few elements I really like. The flare wrapping around the tree is cool, and it's a nice focal point. The textures and translucent lighting of the flaky parts of the bark are nice. But the house in the background has to go. Unfortunately, this tree is on the top of a small landscaped hill, so I couldn't shoot up or I would miss the sun. Shooting down inevitably led to shooting across the street into someone's driveway with a car, or their house. I also don't like the color of the bark. It is the natural color, but it's not a color I normally associate with aspen bark. It's supposed to be white. I don't know why this is brown.
Maybe sunset lighting and white aspen bark aren't very compatible with a snow background... the snow also looks pretty blue because it's in shadow, and I can only set white balance for one thing.
All in all, an okay picture and a good learning experience.