Jennifer Marano  


Tree With a View by Jennifer Marano

November 2021 - Tree With a View

About the Image(s)

I took this during a hike in Jenner Headlands, near where the Russian River enters the Pacific.

The views were fabulous, but I see them all the time and was looking for something different. This tree caught my eye, and I loved how it framed the view of the coast!

Sony RX 100 vi (much easier to carry on a hike). Settings: ISO 400; F/4.5; 1/800 sec; 19mm


This round’s discussion is now closed!
13 comments posted




Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I like that you chose to photograph this differently; most people would have focused on either the tree or the water/sky. You combined the two in a creative manner. The foreground rocks and waves/rocks in the water provide additional interest.

Do you find value in the Sony RX 100 vs. your cell phone? I contemplated purchase of the Fuji X 100 (similar camera/price point) - and decided not to buy, since there wasn't enough difference in output quality between that and my iPhone. I increasingly don't feel like carrying my full frame camera to places with good opportunities for photography. Thoughts?   Posted: 11/01/2021 06:48:59
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Steven, and thanks for your comments! The main value I find with the RX 100 is that it shoots raw and zooms to 200mm. I understand that newer iPhones will be able to shoot in raw, but my 11 doesn't. I love it for video, however! I just got back from Churchill, Manitoba, where I got some fun video of two male polar bears sparring. I also took an number of stills so that I could text them to friends and family. For hikes, I generally take both.   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:43:40
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Also, 20 megapixels rather than 12.   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:45:03



Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
The image is breathtaking! I am interested in what you think about the DSLR vs the iPhone. I have a 12 max pro and a canon EOS R.   Posted: 11/01/2021 16:42:32
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Cindy, and thanks for your kind words! I have the iPhone 11 and it does a pretty decent job, but it doesn't shoot raw, so I tend to use the little Sony RX 100 on hikes. But I love using the phone for video!   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:38:38



Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Jennifer, from a Compositional or Visualization standpoint, this scene is excellent. Well conceived and captured, however you bring up an interesting question as it relates to hiking (and) thinking of photography. Cindy, then brings up another, but relevant question relating to cell-phone photography:

I will only state here, this is a wonderful topic relating to Photography Techniques and second, the psychology of photography. I will write a short piece for the Bulletin Board later in the week. This is also one of the concepts that would be discussed/learned in the new DD-Composition Group I asking your support on.

In the mean time, Jennifer..Bravo!   Posted: 11/02/2021 09:29:34
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thank you, Lance! I look forward to participating in the bulletin board discussion and I will certainly support the composition group. I just got back from Canada last night and will probably need a few days to catch up on urgent work, but I will be onto that soon!   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:35:15
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Awesome! Thank you so much!   Posted: 11/15/2021 06:18:38



Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Good evening! Just a heads up, I posted a new, short article on the Bulletin Board, inspired by Cindy and Jennifer.

Look forward to your comments. Thank you!   Posted: 11/08/2021 19:23:31



Will Korn   Will Korn
Jennifer this is such a beautiful image, and I can see that you were trying to convey what you felt as you stood there amidst the grandeur of the land and the Pacific. From your stated point of trying something different, I think what is compelling about this photo is the way the tree limbs and the rocks frame the water scene. What if you had pulled out the zoom lens or moved in closer to just show that?   Posted: 11/09/2021 07:22:55
Comment Image
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Will,

Thanks for your comments and suggestion! It's always amazing how there are pictures within pictures. Your version certainly gives more emphasis to the ocean. My thought about including the whole tree is that the ocean scene is like an Easter egg, or bonus that one gets by looking carefully at an image. I can see arguments for both versions!   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:31:00
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I like your edit . . . for me the "star" is the water - and framing it with the tree/rocks works. I see Jennifer's point - that her image bring more emphasis to the tree.   Posted: 11/10/2021 15:09:58



Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
"Points to Ponder":
Though Jennifer's featured composition ensues more visual impact, and indeed, it is clear what the subject is, Will offers another viable option, in which case, directs attention elsewhere. A good example of "seeing" different things from the exact same location.   Posted: 11/14/2021 07:37:29