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Fuzzy Fiddlehead



I photographed this at my NY mountain cabin. these are the emerging fronds of a certain species of fern. I desaturated all the colors but green....
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I photographed this at my NY mountain cabin. these are the emerging fronds of a certain species of fern. I desaturated all the colors but green.
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JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug August 02, 2018
Wonderful capture and image. Well done!
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chiphendershot August 02, 2018
Thank you so much!!!
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terrinesvacil August 07, 2018
Beautiful
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chiphendershot August 08, 2018
Thank you!!!
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juditkabath August 22, 2018
Very good image, the fuzziness is seen well!
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chiphendershot August 23, 2018
Thank you!
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debbiereynoldswinn August 26, 2018
Such an interesting species this must be. Do you have any photos or this once it matures, lol, or whatever it does? I'd be interested to see it at that stage.
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chiphendershot August 27, 2018
Thanks, I believe this would be mature being it is called a fiddlehead. This is a frond from the fern family and is edible in the early spring time.
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Drosera March 25, 2019
Beautiful work.
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chiphendershot March 26, 2019
Thank you so much!!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
The image was capture at my cabin in New York. I often hike my property with two cameras dangling from my neck.
Time
I believe this was shot early afternoon.
Lighting
Being I was on the side of the mountain in Spring the lighting would have been somewhat diffused by the canopy the tress create.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 105mm f 2.8 N lens.
Inspiration
I love the hairy, fuzzy look that the spiral fern frond display. The lighting seem to highlight the bed head type hair and unshaven stubble.
Editing
I always import my RAW file using Lightroom. I will do some minor adjustments and usually my crop there. The next step is opening a TIFF file in Topaz Studio where I did a number of adjustments. My goal was to highlight the hairy fuzzy texture, but keep some of the color of the frond. My last step is making final adjustments in Photoshop and saving both a TIFF and JPEG file. I add a logo to the JPEG file and flatten the layers and save it separately from the original JPEG.
In my camera bag
I shoot with a Nikon D700 and a Sony A7R mirrorless. I have a large selection of Nikon ED, AF and AF-S lenses as well as adapters to use older Canon FD mount manual focus lenses. When using my Sony I shoot with vintage c mount lenses. My favorite c mount brands are Kinoptik, Angeniuex, Cooke, Wollensak and Birns & Sawyer Hollywood lenses. These lenses were designed for 16mm cine cameras. I use these lenses for the amazing creamy bokeh they create.
Feedback
I like to be sure to get as many different point of views as possible. Get down in the dirt, do whatever it takes to get the position that will reveal what inspired you to capture the image. Learn and know how to use your image editing software.

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