Forest Afloat

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Some day I’ll post my bigger-picture thoughts that come from this image taken after rock-hopping across Nameless Creek yesterday.

Today, there’s time for only the image I’m afraid. Off to have a short session in town along with other SustainFloyd board members with Anthony Flaccavento and then  the book signing and speaking event with Anthony at Floyd Ecovillage tonight. Dinner (free) at 6 and program begins at 7.

Gotta go.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I love this genre of photos. We are envious of your excellent results with the twinkle off the leaf edges. If you would, please tell us the settings at which this shot was taken.

  2. I could see this brilliance in the scene and it was really a detail I hoped would come out in the finished image. I think it must have been at the smallest aperture for this camera (F8) and was maybe mid-range telephoto (full is 600mm equivalent for a 35mm SLR.). Generally using the smallest aperture gives the highest chance of capturing “star-flare” from points of light, as I recall.