Lone Pine Tree in Hickory Run State Park Boulder Field  
     

Lone Pine Tree in Hickory Run State Park Boulder Field

After driving through seemingly normal Pennsylvania mountains into and through Hickory Run State Park, this incredible 400 x 1,800' (120 x 550m) boulder field appears just past the end of a parking lot.
 
While extremely interesting, getting good pictures of the rocks is challenging. This lone pine tree may be the only non-rock in the entire field if not counting the humans that are typically throughout the rocks. Another obstacle to getting good images here is the graffiti that inconsiderate people have left behind.
 
I solved the people problem by shooting late on a weekday and solved the graffiti problem with the clone stamp tool.
 
The lower the position you shoot from, the less you see of the distant rock field. Here I was compromising the tree in the sky with the field visibility. I should have shot from a very slightly lower position to allow a small amount of sky to show between the bottom tree branch and the background trees.

Camera and Lens Settings
17mm  f/11.0  1/60s  ISO 100  5616 x 3744px
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