Even high up on the mountainside the parking lot is shrouded in the utter quite of the fog. I am alone. I set out, relishing the solitude. The crowns of the towering giants fade away into the mist. The fog condenses on the leaves and drops to the forest floor with barely perceptible random taps.
I continue along the trail, breathing in the moist air, breathing in the quite, breathing in the majesty that surrounds me. It is enough. And yet, there’s more.
The clouds begin to part, granting beams of sunlight passage into the cool, shadowed grove. My heart fills with joy, my eyes with wonder. And I have the presence of mind to bring it home to share.
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California is blessed with two species of redwoods, the Giant Sequoia (Sequoia giganteum) of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Coastal Redwoods (Sequoia semperverins) along the California coast from the Oregon border to 150 miles south of San Francisco. These awe-inspiring trees are both a joy and a challenge to photograph. I recently spent a week in Crescent City in Northern California photographing the Coastal Redwoods and leading a photography workshop there. I’d like to pass along some of the techniques we employed to capture photographs that do these majestic trees justice in breathtaking but often very difficult light.
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“When I compose an image I spend more time getting the borders right than I spend on the subject.” You think this is a surprising statement? There are a lot of photographers that I really admire for whom this statement is true. I know when I first started out I had no idea what was happening on the borders. I paid no attention to them. Until it was pointed out to me that my borders were very sloppy. And from that point on composition got a whole lot harder because getting clean borders is not a trivial task. But over time it became second nature to me. Now I always check the borders and make appropriate adjustments before I press the shutter.
Well, almost always. Take a look….
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