Right around the end of November, the angle of the sunrise relative to this particular stretch of the James River near Richmond, Virginia, means that this small grove of trees encounters direct sunlight a few minutes before the sun begins to light up the trees a bit further across the river, on a large island called Williams Island. This particular group of trees had attracted my attention for some time and I had researched the sunrise angles for late autumn hoping that this particular effect might happen. I had visualized this high-contrast black-and-white scene in my mind and hoped I could get the right conditions to capture it. Any earlier in the year, and the shadow from Williams Island would mean the trees in the foreground would not be in sunlight until too late and later in the year, near the solstice, for instance, the angle of the sunrise would shine too much light on the trees in the background. There are essentially two periods of the year where the sunrise angle is right for this scene: late November and mid-January. I was fortunate on this particular morning and blessed with clear skies that created just the right kind of contrasty light for this scene.
This image was created on November 24, 2013.
The print is made on Epson Legacy Etching fine art paper and the image size is 22×33 inches. The frame is approximately 31×42 inches in size and is 1.5-inch matte black wood. The print is matted with a double mat of 4-ply archival white cotton rag. The glazing is Acrylite acrylic, so there is no risk of glass breaking during shipment. The print is protected with Hahnemuhle Protective Spray. This fully archival product will bring enjoyment for generations.
This limited edition print comes with a numbered hologram on the back of the print. A Certificate of Authenticity with a matching numbered hologram is included. The edition is registered at http://www.myartregistry.com and is strictly limited to 18 prints.