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Foggy Redwood Grove

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 5 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I live a quarter mile from a network of amazing regional parks. I am determined this summer to get a print worthy image of our redwoods in the fog, so yesterday morning at 6:30 I was in Roberts Regional Park, walking among our coastal redwoods looking for a suitable composition. Let me tell you, it is tough! Not only does the composition challenge me, but as I learned when I opened the images in CS4, the color balance with the fog is tough as well. It looked purple! Also, for some reason, even though my ISO was set to 200, there is tons of grain in this image. But I am sharing it as the best of what I felt was a very sorry crop of images. I am determined to keep trying!

It is a big challenge to bring order out of the wonderful chaos of our natural world, to simplify the natural composition into something pleasing to the viewer. The main element that worked for me, IMHO, in this shot, was the staggering of the trunks, so that they did not end up on the same focal plane.

When I visited the Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, home of Galen Rowell's wonderful photographs, I saw an image he made in this very park. How far short this effort falls from his! But seeing Galen's photo does make me believe that I, too, with repeated visits and just being quiet and letting the scene reveal itself to me - might make a thing of beauty sometime before summer's end! Wish me luck and lots of patience! I welcome your feedback and suggestions !

NIKON D90 4/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 200 120 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Very good mood here. Good to have this kind of inspiring places to keep trying!

5 Jun 2010 6:40am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful. I have visited many of the parks. How lucky you are to live near them!

5 Jun 2010 3:08pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh Barbara! I feel the same way about the redwoods- So incredibly difficult to convey the size and quietly powerful beauty these trees have....But you have done wonderfully here! The fog is what makes this one, and you are right, there is amazing depth here, which is difficult to convey in the forest! Keep working at it- I have ultimate faith that you will do just exactly what you set out to do! Bring on the fog!

5 Jun 2010 3:47pm

David from Detroit, United States

Very atmospheric. You are right-- it is very difficult to shoot a forest. (You can't shoot the forest for the trees?)

6 Jun 2010 2:16am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Well Barbara, this image is certainly not a "sorry" one. I too, like the staggering of the trunks. Good hunting in your quest for that image that pleases you.

7 Jun 2010 3:05am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

lovely mood captured here! a true essence of the forest and not just trees or otherwise!

7 Jun 2010 6:52am

Ansie from South Africa

Love this one, the light catches the green moss at the bottom and side of the one tree, giving the photo it's "kick"!

10 Jun 2010 4:28am

4/5 seconds
ISO 200
120 mm (35mm equiv.)