Perfect Shot: Byrne Open Space Preserve

Words by Nicole Wagenbrenner

Photos by Tom Wagenbrenner

Nestled within a hillside in Los Altos Hills, the 55-acre Byrne Open Space Preserve offers a spacious pastoral setting with grazing horses, a barn complex, huge California oak trees and gorgeous sunset views. Photographer Tom Wagenbrenner captured this Perfect Shot while scouting potential compositions during a particularly vibrant late afternoon golden hour. “I really liked the way the trees framed the barn area,” he recalls, “but only when the sun dropped into the trees, creating the lens flare and filtered sun rays, did it feel like the scene really started to pop.”

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