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.
Tags: California, coastal redwoods, fog, god rays, lady bird Johnson grove, National Park, northern California, prairie creek state park, quite, redwoods, solitude, State Park, trail
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Well, you have done it. You have spoken and selected the best of my Redwoods photographs from 2014. I chose my eight favorite photographs from trips to the magnificent redwood groves of Northern California and offered them to you for your consideration.
It was exciting to watch the results come in. At one point there was a tie for 1st and 2nd, another tie for 3rd and 4th and, believe it or not, a tie for 5th and 6th, all at the same time. But eventually, with your help, it all got sorted out.
So here are the results.
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Tags: California, damnation creek, god rays, lady bird Johnson grove, National Park, northern California, photography workshop, redwoods, rhododendrons, stout grove
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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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Tags: border patrol, bright, composition, fog, foliage, god rays, green, lady bird Johnson grove, light, northern California, prairie creek state park, redwoods
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