On a regular basis we will showcase great shots we found online, and give you our analysis of both the technical and the creative aspects of the image. Here goes…
I definitely have a weak spot for images where the sun shines its beautiful rays through a group of trees. But in itself that is not yet enough to make a great image. Here the photographer found a great patch of golden autumn-colored forest and some bikers to complete the shot.
I especially like how the bikers are very small in the frame, lending scale to the trees and the majestic forest. On the other hand, the surroundings tell the story of freedom the bikers undoubtedly must have felt. Great how both parts of the shot contribute to the other.
The main take away from the EXIF information is the focal length. By using a telelens at 70mm (105mm equivalent, since the image has been shot with a Nikon D5100), there is increased compression. This puts the trees closer together, but also brings forward the bikers which are still quite some distance away. The f/5 aperture ensures enough sharpness, whereas the shutter speed is high enough to prevent the movement of the cyclists from showing up.
This is a photograph by Tom le Jeune, as shared on 500px.