Play of Light





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Palominolady PRO+
Palominolady August 18, 2013
Very nice capture of the light. I like the clarity of tree trunk textures, the green on the ferns and trees with the light shining down. Magnificent capture creating a mood within the woods. Well done.
northcoastgreg August 22, 2013
Thanks Palominolady.
bobbynall September 10, 2013
Very nice shot
northcoastgreg September 10, 2013
Thanks bobbynall.
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HaliSowle October 21, 2013
Absolutely love this, the soft broken up light coming through the mist, the way it picks out the textures on the trunks and in the branches. Just superb.
northcoastgreg December 02, 2013
Thanks HaliSowle.
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onyanita December 03, 2013
beautiful light..stunning shot
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DuffyDoherty October 02, 2014
Beautiful mood...Love it!
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Behind The Lens

Del Norte Redwoods State Park, on the north coast of California
Mid morning
Redwoods are best shot in fog/mist. This diffuses the light, hence preventing extremes of dynamic range that ruin most photographs taken in redwood forests.
Olympus OM-D EM-5, Olympus M. Zukio 9-18 f4-5.6 lens, Feisol tripod, polarizer filter
I see a lot of tonally unattractive photographs of redwoods, with too much detail, too much contrast, and not enough beauty. I wanted to take images of redwoods that not only captured their majesty, but were tonally beautiful, with no large areas of over-exposed hi-lights or detail impoverished shadows.
Minor exposure tweaks, dodging and burning.
In my camera bag
Pentax K-5iis, Pentax DA 15 f4 Limited, standard zoom lens, filters, other lenses and cameras when needed
In the summer on California's redwood coast, overcast often spreads a mile or so inland from the ocean. This overcast has a low ceiling, often as low as 500 feet. If you want to photograph redwoods in the fog, just find groves that are at the same elevation as the clouds. This will give you the best light for capturing these magnificent trees.

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