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    Quote Originally Posted by johara View Post
    And a few of mine.

    My approach is to wait until the tree speaks to me, and then try to make a photograph.

    Trees are my special joy.
    Well worth the wait! Particularly the image with just the bit of sunlight just caressing the tops of the horizontal trunks (middle image). Glad you had the chance to see the Philly show!
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Thanks, Vaugh. That one reminds me of Philip Larkin:


    The trees are coming into leaf
    Like something almost being said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    Wow that's a beautiful twist in the trunk. Portra?
    No it was Velvia 50. Here's another one with Velvia. I came across this right after the snow stopped. I wanted to capture the quietness that I felt. You know the kind that the snow muffles and the only thing you hear are the crunches under your feet. When the sun started to set, the pinks just added to the serenity. I think I caught it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I am more of a 'finder' than a 'waiter'. I do have trees I go back to and check on the light, but mostly I just wander about looking at the light, and when a composition moves me, I set up the camera.

    This one has trees in it -- and a waterfall, but it is more about the falling light. In my wanderings (first and only time I have been in this spot), I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was a bit worried because two women were showed up and were hanging out in 'my' scene as I was setting up. But they let on their own soon enough and the light only got better as I waited!

    5x7 carbon print. (Columbia River Gorge, OR)
    I like the scale of this as well as the tones and light. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    What the heck - may as well add a tree/forest photo of my own.

    Hope it survives the manipulations necessary to squeeze in on to the page - it looks a lot better as a print or, best yet, a projected transparency.
    Nice shot. The colors and depth are well picked up. Velvia?

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    Nope - Ektachrome - E100G
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Haha we're all color wrong here... Or film type wrong hah!

    Oh Velvia50.... She is my other (very expensive) mistress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by johara View Post
    Thanks, Vaugh. That one reminds me of Philip Larkin:


    The trees are coming into leaf
    Like something almost being said...
    johara, your trees resonate, very nicely done.

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    Thank you, Bill.

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    Trees aren't so hard to shoot, main trick to keep in mind is basically using the same rules you'd use in any fine art shot. For it to be successful you gotta nail the composition first, create interest with the setting, use the lines of tree branches, use golden ratio/rule of thirds etc. It's all in the details. I try to get away from the 'boring' look you might see in a snapshot (I've done it myself: you get to the place, see a tree and start shooting without thinking, then realize it sucks), try to see the tree as a potential portrait. It's like taking a photo of a person, you can capture their essence, beauty, their unique feature or you can do a snapshot. You can focus on a specific feature or you can take in the whole crowd.

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