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Twisted Tree I



Bristlecone Pine tree on top of Mt. Lincoln near Breckenridge, Col.

Bristlecone Pine tree on top of Mt. Lincoln near Breckenridge, Col.
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Woombaway PRO
 
Woombaway April 27, 2013
Congrats on feature beautifully captured awesome B&W.
parulparmar
 
parulparmar April 27, 2013
Beauty in B&W.....!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta April 27, 2013
Absolutely superb artistic mono image which is very sharp & detailed & seems to have a full range of tones - excellent work. Congratulations on being featured.
AlexLoPiccolo
 
AlexLoPiccolo April 27, 2013
Amazing B&W
Chrissimpson01
 
Chrissimpson01 April 27, 2013
Wonderful and atmospheric
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan April 27, 2013
Very nice dramatic storm effect and mind blowing B&W view. Nice work......well done. Congrats on the feature.
Ashley_Perez
 
Ashley_Perez April 27, 2013
Beautiful B&W! Congrats on being featured!
chica PRO+
 
chica April 27, 2013
BEAUTIFUL
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 April 27, 2013
Awesome shot and edit! Feels like a dream! Congrats!
thorirb
 
thorirb April 27, 2013
Congrats, awesome
catini
 
catini April 27, 2013
Very dramatic photo! Great composition and treatment, very well done. Congrats on your feature!
bobbynall
 
bobbynall April 27, 2013
Off the chain. nice work
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mailsmc April 27, 2013
Gorgeous b&w! Congrats on your feature!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet April 27, 2013
great shot, crips and detailed
bjornsphoto
 
bjornsphoto April 27, 2013
Just, WOW!
JoeS PRO
 
JoeS April 27, 2013
Fantastic!
Brun0
 
Brun0 April 27, 2013
very cool shot, congrats
DanielCombsPhotography
 
DanielCombsPhotography April 27, 2013
Great B&W, congrats!
markcoleman
 
markcoleman April 27, 2013
Love this, the b&w is.perfect
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GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY April 27, 2013
great job, congrats
Rachel-Barlow
 
Rachel-Barlow April 27, 2013
Nice contrast :)
iceman2
 
iceman2 April 27, 2013
Beautiful B&W.Congrats!
Dmullanephotography
 
Dmullanephotography April 27, 2013
Great shot
Monty
 
Monty April 27, 2013
Stuning shot. Congrats.
jleiweke
 
jleiweke April 27, 2013
Congrats!
primitivecooloz PRO
 
primitivecooloz April 27, 2013
Awesome shot, congrats on the feature..
Helenspeck
 
Helenspeck April 27, 2013
Great image....very dramatic in B/W
zarkopiljak PRO
 
zarkopiljak April 27, 2013
perfection, congrats
Carli
 
Carli April 27, 2013
great capture, congrats! :D
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade April 27, 2013
Congrats, awesome capture. If you get a chance please check out my work.
Jinjinphoto
 
Jinjinphoto April 27, 2013
NICE JOB
cevert
 
cevert April 27, 2013
Beautifully done...congrats! :D
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mistyvkirsch April 27, 2013
Congrats
sasserfrazpictures
 
sasserfrazpictures April 27, 2013
Wow.
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Tkay April 27, 2013
Excellent! Congrats!
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debhall April 27, 2013
Fabulous!
djensen PRO
 
djensen April 27, 2013
Excellent work, congrats on the feature!
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HaliSowle April 27, 2013
Super photo, amazing clouds and great contrasts. Well deserved Featured Image!
debbiecram
 
debbiecram April 27, 2013
Congrats..beautiful work.
beetlestone
 
beetlestone April 27, 2013
Congrats! Awesome!
TammyMarie
 
TammyMarie April 27, 2013
Wonderful Shot! Congratulations!
jeffmiller
 
jeffmiller April 27, 2013
To everyone who posted comments - Thank you very much. It is an honor to be recognized by much better photographers than I.

Jeff
MediSa
 
MediSa April 28, 2013
That's amazing!
SigloV
 
SigloV April 28, 2013
Really well processed B&W image - you pushed it hard and it works so well - dynamic, strong and punchy. Superb.
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter April 28, 2013
Beautiful work, congrats on your feature. - Jake
MarMo
 
MarMo April 29, 2013
great!!
symesie04
 
symesie04 May 02, 2013
Eerie and beautifull. Like a scene from Lord of the Rings
DocksideColors
 
DocksideColors May 02, 2013
Fantastic capture!Great BW!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions May 02, 2013
congrats
ManCorMac
 
ManCorMac May 04, 2013
Awesome! Congrats on being featured!!
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford May 07, 2013
What a phenomenal capture! Terrific in B/W..congrats!
michikoachand
 
michikoachand May 17, 2013
Crazy good pic
reneurbieta
 
reneurbieta May 27, 2013
Great
verity
 
verity June 18, 2013
Amazing image
olivierlw PRO
 
olivierlw July 15, 2013
nicely done.
Jonocon
 
Jonocon July 21, 2013
Nice
qwstarplayer
 
qwstarplayer August 12, 2013
awesome!
tammyswarek
 
tammyswarek October 29, 2013
Incredible
becapics
 
becapics October 29, 2013
Awesome!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 20, 2014
Bravo!
ZachRosa
 
ZachRosa January 20, 2014
Great shot!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 January 20, 2014
Wowza...Congrats (:
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photosue50 January 20, 2014
Beautiful
brentmorris PRO+
 
brentmorris January 20, 2014
Outstanding!!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter January 20, 2014
Great shot. Congrats. - Jake
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charlena January 20, 2014
Wow!
tissa7
 
tissa7 January 20, 2014
gorgeous!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ January 21, 2014
Congrats on your Peoples Choice Award
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin January 21, 2014
...beautifully executed image, congratulations on your feature :-)
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 January 21, 2014
Congrats on People's Choice win!
Zeke
 
Zeke January 21, 2014
Excellent image Jeff!
believeit2receiveit
 
believeit2receiveit January 21, 2014
Congrats on winning the People's Choice! Well done! Well deserved!
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard January 23, 2014
I like this a lot. Looks like a drawing awesome
Brun0
 
Brun0 January 24, 2014
Amazing capture, congrats
howardE28
 
howardE28 January 31, 2014
love it
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 01, 2014
My previous comments refer. Congratulations on your win.
kchased
 
kchased February 01, 2014
a new favorite of mine. congrats
ChrisVanLoan
 
ChrisVanLoan February 02, 2014
The boiling clouds make that shot. Awesome work.
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions February 07, 2014
congrats again
Jacc
 
Jacc February 09, 2014
Beautiful pic

Behind The Lens

Location
My son and I were hiking on Mount Lincoln near Breckenridge, Colorado. There was a group of Bristlecone pine trees on a slope and we stopped to photograph them. A thunder storm was moving in fast across the valley and the clouds were rolling and twisting in the sky. The clouds really make the image unique. This is due to their rapid movement between exposures. Twisted Tree I is a horizontal formatted shot showing the angle the tree has been growing along the slope. There is a Twisted Tree II that is a vertical formatted shot with the tree leaning away from the camera.
Time
This photo was taken late in the afternoon. It was overcast due to the thunderstorm building around us. Since my son and I were one of the tallest objects on the mountain and I was carrying a lot of metallic equipment, I took these photos as quickly as possible. We did not want to get hit by lightening like the tree I was photographing.
Lighting
I wanted to make sure the entire tree was in focus so I shot this at f-11 to get a good depth of field. The sun was over my left shoulder and was periodically obscured by the clouds. Because of the coming storm and possible lightening, I did not wait for the clouds to break and get some direct sunlight. The diffused light worked well because it gave the entire scene a nice even exposure.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D200, an 18mm-135mm f 3.5 Nikon lens, ISO 200 at f-11. I took a series of four images with the intention of doing an HDR color photo. My camera was mounted on a Manfrotto 055MF4 tripod with a Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip gimbal mount. The images were taken about thirty seconds apart with shutter speeds of 1/500, 1/250, 1/200 and 1/125.
Inspiration
I saw some photos of the bristlecone pine trees in a gallery in Breckenridge. I asked the gallery owner where these trees were and he gave me directions. The next day my son and I went out looking for them. Instead, we found this single tree out away from the group on the mountain ridge. This tree had a lot of character. It appears to have been struck by lightening at some point and the winds have bent it to one side. There were branches on the ground from the trees that used to grow around it, like the bones of his ancestors.
Editing
After I got home I processed the four images in Lightroom and then did the HDR in Photomatix Pro. The color image was really vivid and almost unnatural so I decided to see what it would look like in black & white. I used Silver Efex Pro and this is how it turned out. I think the monochrome image is much more dramatic.
In my camera bag
This photo was taken back in 2011. Now I use a Nikon Z7 camera with a Nikkor 24-70mm f-4 S lens. I also have an adapter ring so my old Nikkor lenses will fit the new Z7 body.
Feedback
Taking HDR photos requires a little planning. But sometimes all the planning has to be amended to account for changes and opportunities. I did not plan on the movement of the clouds or the fact this photo looked so much better in B&W than it did in color. Sometimes you have to be flexible. Be creative and always use your imagination.

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