|Autumnal Serenity I
© 1999 John A. Lind
- Olympus OM-10 with Manual Adapter
- 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko (SC)
- Kodak Elitechrome 100
- f/16 @ 1/125th
- Kokomo, Indiana, September 1999
- This pond is less than a half-mile from my home and I finally stopped and shot it just as the leaves were starting to turn on some of the trees. There is a small window of opportunity to get a good shot of this pond in mid-afternoon. At nearly all other times, trees on one side or another deeply shade the pond. This follows the compositional technique of framing. I had to crouch down under the low branch of an oak tree to get a decent one for the framing. Another branch from the same tree clutters the middle ground slightly although it does mute some of the bright sky by blocking a portion of it. If possible, it should have been moved before the shot, or another one taken with it moved out of the way. A second shot was taken from a different vantage point (Autumnal Serenity II). Some prefer it to this one, but I like this one more. The reflection is stronger, the sky muted more and it gives me a feeling of viewing the pond through a picture window. The original OM SLR body and lens bought almost exactly 19 years before the photograph was taken was specifically used for this shot. It was the least expensive OM SLR body and the least expensive standard focal length Olympus Zuiko lens (both still are on the used market).