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 !
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