Last fall, I did a whole series of photos looking directly up the sky. The technical term for the point precisely above a location is known as the “zenith.” I became interested in the idea of the zenith after doing a series of drone photography shots of looking directly down on a subject which is called the “nadir.” After completing my nadir series, I thought of the idea of doing the complete opposite, which resulted in my zenith series of photos. Here’s a zenith photo of the forest canopy at Capen Park. The park always has beautiful autumn colors along the ridgeline of the cliffs. I used my Sony a7rIII camera with a Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM to take the picture. The Sony a7rIII is the perfect camera for this type of shot because of the full-frame sensor, which is a must when using wide-angle lenses. The Sony a7rIII sensor also has a 42 megapixel with high dynamic range to capture all of the glorious fall colors as well. The a7rIII viewfinder screen can also be angled when shooting directly up, which is very helpful for composing the picture.

The photograph was taken with a Sony ILCE-7RM3 camera with a Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens at ƒ/4.0 with a 1/60-second exposure at ISO 200. The processing was done with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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