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Redwoods and Rays

Rays through Redwoods, Guerneville, California

Guerneville, California

The edges of the leaves and branches of this redwood tree, along with the strong backlighting and dense fog, combine to cause a diffraction effect, producing these spectacular rays of light radiating outward from the sun. There is so much light, and the rays are so well defined, that this scene takes on almost mystical proportions. The high-contrast picture is almost monochromatic, using a palette of pastel greens.


Kodachrome film, natural light

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