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Leaves of a nation



Native ferns, Marokopa Falls, New Zealand

Native ferns, Marokopa Falls, New Zealand
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TeeBrown PRO+
 
TeeBrown May 11, 2020
I love ferns! They are all so beautiful! Thank you
occasionalclimber
occasionalclimber May 12, 2020
Also my country's national emblem. Thanks.

Behind The Lens

Location
In forest near Marakopa Falls, on the North Island of New Zealand.
Time
Late afternoon.
Lighting
It was overcast so ideal for forest photography – no extreme highlights or patchy shadows.
Equipment
A Nikon D70S with a 28-70 lens, F11, 1/100 sec, zoom at 70mm, ISO 200.
Inspiration
These ferns are part of my countries national identity. I came upon a patch that was particularly uniform and unblemished, so thought it a good chance to get a really nice shot of ferns.
Editing
Primarily Photoshop adjustments to light and shadow to bring out the details and texture.
In my camera bag
I love the mountains, so as little as possible - at present a Nikon D750 camera body, an 24-120 small zoom and the 55-300 bigger zoom, a spare battery and lightweight tripod - good for hiking. If I'm going for a summit then it's even less - a compact Lumix TZ220 with mirrorless through the lens digital view finder, full manual operation and RAW file capture - absolutely great when you still want to control your photography but need to keep moving and can't afford to have stuff hanging off you.
Feedback
Picking the right time of day and weather are key to good forest photography. You need to avoid extremes between light and shadow and wind that causes subject movement.

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