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Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH

Aperture Series: White Mountain Aspens in Deep Shade (M9)

This series shows the Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M behavior in a relatively close outdoor setting, where bokeh and depth of field are readily observable.

Lighting

It was about 30 minutes before sunset deep in the shade at an altitude of around 10,000', hence very blue light. The white balance required to neutralize the snow to white is 12500°K! I have partially neutralized the extreme blue cast by using a white balance of 8500°K and a +4 magenta tint; even to the eye it looked bluish while photographing. This white balance preserves that cold blue feel to a reasonable extent.

Example — White Mountains Aspen

Aspen here are mostly stunted at this altitude, resulting in some fantastic shapes. The larger trees in the foreground are perhaps “mother” trees, with (possibly) the surrounding aspen sharing the identical genetic makeup by root propagation of the “mother” tree. Aspen groves have been discovered of immense size and age, all the trees sharing identical genetics (non-sexual reproduction via roots sprouting upwards). This is presumably why a cluster of aspen might all turn the same shade of the same color at the same time— for example, I have personally observed a 100 meter circle of red in a surrounding forest of yellow (for example).

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