I visited Google maps to see what was close by, a mile or so around, and found Greene Valley Forest Preserve. At the north entrance, there was a parking lot, some walking trails, and a dog run area. I figured I'd better scope it out beforehand and decide the best locations for taking pictures.
And, this past Sunday, with brightened skies and warming spring air, afforded the opportunity for Fernando and me to check out the park, specifically the North Gate. Here's what greeted our eyes at the very first parking area:
Oh, this was going to be great! What a beautiful location. I love that tree, especially pre-leaf. Its lines were beautiful.
My honey makes a good portrait subject, even if he doesn't look like a high school senior any more. ;)
Yeah, here's that tree again.
If it's sunny on the photo shoot (postscript--it wasn't), we could hop out of our cars and shoot right here!
Across from the parking lot was a wide open grassy area, with walking paths and a dog run area. Ooh--an S curve!
That'd make a nice area to shoot in if we have overcast weather (postscript--it was way more than overcast).
What a pretty sky!
I started noticing the shadows in the afternoon sun. Pretty cool, huh?
Looking west toward the walking paths.
The road led northward to more parking and more grassy areas.
The trees were shorter, and a little more dense. It was a pretty area to wander, but I don't think I'll shoot there. Well, except for overcast conditions.
Tree branch shadows were cast all over my "test subject!"
Almost back at our starting point, I noticed a little brook.
The brook is down in there among the prairie grasses.
Time for another head-and-shoulders of my test subject.
This tree is pretty even backlit!
Yeah, I kept a goofy one of him.
Same tree, really cool shadow. On the right side, the guys saw a woodpecker shape, and I saw a pregnant ballerina, lol. What do you see?
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