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Impossible to photograph well.

Impossible to photograph well.

Visited the redwoods last weekend, I was thinking about what lens to bring to take good photos when I remembered: it is impossible to photograph redwoods to encapsulate the feeling of awe.

The trees are too tall to be able to get a good root to top shot without a super wide angle lens, and any distance between the tree often leads to other trees getting in the way. On the forest floor the deep shade is interspersed with direct sunlight giving a very mottled coloring that is either over or under exposed in places.

And the height, the muffled sounds, the hollow ground are all impossible to capture with a camera. Or at least very difficult to do.

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A redwood shedding its bark.

A redwood shedding its bark.

Today I went hiking around Armstrong Grove in Sonoma County, a redwood forest and towards the end I found this tree. Well I suppose I did not really find it as it happened to fall right across the old path. I carried my camera, extra lens and tripod through the rest of the forest so I was glad to find a good subject for a photo. One thing about redwood forests, unless you have a fisheye lens they are hard to photograph. Try taking a picture of the tree in the forest.

For this photo I used:

  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter speeds 6 to 1/40 of a second
  • 22mm on my 18-55mm lens
  • 8 shots total

I compiled the shots with Photomatix set to:

  • Strength 100
  • Luminosity +10
  • White point 0.800
  • Black point 0.126
  • Gamma 1.20
  • Temperature +3

Everything else was at the default settings, or at least the setting it was at the last time I used it.

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