When to go
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Morning, Mid-day, Late afternoon
Although you can visit this location during any month of the year, I recommend photographing the Methuselah Tree in the spring, summer, and early fall so you can capture the greenery in the foreground of the shot.
Because the the forest canopy blocks so much light, there won't be much variation in lighting conditions throughout the day. Morning, midday and late afternoon will all work well.
Make sure that you're photographing with a wide-angle lens. The tree is unfathomably large, making it difficult to capture in a tight frame, so having a wider lens (I used a 16mm) will allow you to incorporate more of the scene.
Try to utilize the ferns, fencing, and stairs around the tree and in the foreground for an added sense of depth and texture.
I prefer to feature a human subject to help bring a sense of scale to the tree.
Also, having your model wear a brightly colored jacket will contrast against the forest greens and make them stand out a bit more.
Redwood City, California
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