In Rexburg in the wintertime there are essentially 3 colors outside: white, brown, and green. And there isn’t a whole lot of white yet this year. I decided to do a little study of green, because it’s the nicest color outside right now. It’s just a bonus that I discovered a surprisingly large amount of green inside too!

A Tree   Lonely Tree

Illumination   Ride the Green Rail

From top-left, clockwise:

“A Tree”; January 13, 2012, 2:13pm; Rexburg, ID; f/4.5; 1/640; Canon T3i; With my focal length of 36mm for this shot, the aperture was as low as I could set it, leading to the blurred wheat, which was probably 5 or 6 feet from where I was standing

“Lonely Tree”; January 16, 2012, 8:27am; Rexburg, ID; f/36; 1/25; Canon T3i; handheld, adjustments made in camera raw (mainly raising the exposure)

“Ride the Green Rail”; January 16, 2012, 8:22am; Rexburg, ID; f/3.5; 1/30; Canon T3i; auto adjustments in camera raw

“Illumination”; January 16, 2012, 12:07am; Rexburg, ID; f/4; 1/50; Canon T3i; white balance and fill light changed in camera raw, image cropped to eliminate some clutter


I hesitated initially to have two trees in my color study, but I really like the first one because it is so sharp. And when I saw the small little tree by the BYU-Idaho Center, I knew I needed to take a photo of it. It’s the only tree in its little island and it is so small, which inspired me to give it the title “Lonely Tree.” Dark, cloudy days like the one I took the photo on can make me feel small and lonely like that little tree too.

I’m actually surprised how well “Illumination” turned out. It was hard to capture an image with the light on like that because my camera didn’t like the large amounts of light coming from the lamp. If you notice, the light cast by the lamp has a greenish quality to it. That’s because the florescent bulb in that lamp is actually green! I just aimed the light directly at the green scriptures and took the shot!

I have no idea why I titled “Ride the Green Rail” the way I did. I blame lack of sleep.