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28 Comments | Report
simonrackleft
 
simonrackleft January 19, 2016
Absolutely outstanding
simonrackleft
 
simonrackleft January 22, 2016
I keep coming back to this with it's animal faces, lighting, simplicity. It is a winner all round.
SuzMDixon PRO
 
SuzMDixon January 23, 2016
Wow! So cool & a bit disturbing! I can't quite figure it out!
ellenhodges1
 
ellenhodges1 February 21, 2016
Huge congrats on a gorgeous finalist, Gayle!!!
tiffanyfinleymoon
 
tiffanyfinleymoon February 23, 2016
beautiful!!!!!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 24, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
14renren
 
14renren February 25, 2016
This as good as it gets. Simple but oh so beautiful.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo March 02, 2016
congrats on being a finalist!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 May 16, 2016
What a fascinating and unusual photo. Very creative!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo May 16, 2016
Yay, Gayle! Another Award! Congrats!
Deboodle PRO
 
Deboodle May 17, 2016
I'm just blown away, how beautiful!
Bobj
 
Bobj May 17, 2016
Stunning. Gets my imagination going.
ronsmith PRO
 
ronsmith May 31, 2016
Great shot
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 20, 2016
Congrats again!
FelixArenas
 
FelixArenas June 24, 2016
What a different story that spot tells at night.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo June 29, 2016
Three! Congrats on being a Finalist, Gayle!
12894725463889
 
12894725463889 July 21, 2016
very interesting , rare to find these days something jumping out of ordinary
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 22, 2016
Again - yay! Congrats Gayle!
EyesofDavid
 
EyesofDavid September 20, 2016
exceptional. it recalls all we fear and love of the dark.
EyesofDavid
 
EyesofDavid September 20, 2016
exceptional. it recalls all we fear and love of the dark.
bronxie Platinum
 
bronxie October 04, 2016
An amazing image. Congratulations
antonioferreira
 
antonioferreira November 06, 2016
That image is so cool
topherhill
 
topherhill December 10, 2016
I love it. Great shot
Aeri
 
Aeri August 13, 2017
Great shot with great composition and creativity.
maxparisot PRO+
 
maxparisot October 14, 2018
superbe
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography February 03, 2019
Beautiful scene.
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh March 24, 2019
Amazing..
Xbizdean PRO+
 
Xbizdean December 19, 2020
Amazing Lighting

Behind The Lens

Location
Peter Hay Golf Course close to Pebble Beach Golf Course, 17 Mile Drive, Monterey Peninsula, on the Pacific coast of southern California.
Time
About an hour before sunset.
Lighting
Golden hour light hitting the heavy moss on the tree is what caught my eye. Without the light, the image would not have the impact.
Equipment
Nikon D800E, 70-200mm zoom lens.
Inspiration
Prior to taking the photograph, a deer was feeding on the golf course and I had been waiting (hoping) it would step into the light, filtering through the trees. It never did... but I had the chance to study the location, noticing the light hitting the tree moss. I liked the shape and simplicity of the tree and the fact it was a peaceful time and too late to tee off...
Editing
There was considerable Photoshop work on the image because there was an enormous garbage can to the left of the bench. Also, the area behind the tree was thick with natural, wild shrubs. Since there was low light, thought it would work to clone out the shrubs and blacken that area. Also highlighted the moss and trunk in Camera Raw.
In my camera bag
On road trips, I generally pack two cameras. The Nikon D800 and a Canon 1DX plus long and wide-angle lens so I don't have to keep changing lens. In my pack, I carry a camera and extra lens, battery, lens brush, ND filters, polarizing filter and tripod. For long, heavy lens used for birds, a monopod. Usually take a small flashlight and water (I live in Arizona!). Remote control if using filters for long exposure or HDRs.
Feedback
Next to composition, lighting for me is a key factor. Light usually draws me to a location where I pan to see where the light is having the most impact. If I see something interesting composition-wise, I study the area closely. Sometimes will take test shots to see if the contrast with work and if I will need to do an HDR. Then, I like to take shots from several perspectives...shoot high, low, side...I can't always tell if the shot really worked at the time until I look at it on the screen, so all the extra images are kind of the "shotgun" affect...I'm often surprised that the image I thought would be best, isn't, that it looks much better from a different angle or exposure. Experiment all you can!

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