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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Fantastical Forest

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Nikon D70 @ 10mm, various shutter speeds, f/8, ISO 200

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I entered this shot into the recent fujimugs.com challenge for distortion and (un)fortunately it came 2nd. You can check out the original entry here.

I was really pleased with how this one turned out. It was taken a couple of weekends ago at Chatelherault Country Park. There's a small opening during the forrest walk where there's a nice collection of 3 or 4 really old and interesting oak trees - I was really desperate to get a good shot of them. I was probably trying too hard and as a result I simply wasn't seeing any shots. Just as we were walking away I voiced how disgusted I was at being such a crap photographer. At this point my girlfriend yanked my camera off me, turned around, took a quick snap and said "right, there's your shot". Jesus, she was right. How annoying! :)

So, having been gifted with the composition, I proceeded to set up my tripod and create this HDR. I think I ended up combining 8 different exposures and was delighted with the results - it just shows you how well photomatix can cope with scenes of extreme dynamic range.

I felt the image had a slightly surreal and fantastical feel to it and that the hue adjustment complimented it well.

Oh, almost forgot... this is another shot where the smaller version doesn't really do it much justice... check out the larger version.


Anonymous Phil said...

Wow, that large shot is simply amazing. I'm loving the 10mm, and the light and colours looks really otherwordly. Cracking shot :)

10:55 am, June 02, 2006  
Anonymous Jem said...

I love this shot - big congrats for 2nd place, meant to say so on MSN but forgot, sorry ;)

1:20 pm, June 02, 2006  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

This is simply STUNNING!! Words just dont do justice..the way you've brought out the pink is beyond incredible...extremely WELL DONE!!

5:05 pm, June 02, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...

Really impressive. I'm kind of lost for words...I am VERY jealous of this shot!

8:44 pm, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

You're one of the few people who consistently produces incredible HDRs. You're really mastered the process, John. This is quality, quality work. I haven't seen the competition, but this gets my vote. Kind regards, Brent

7:18 am, June 03, 2006  
Anonymous Dougie said...

Thats a stunning shot John with lots of great detail i just can't delive it's about 8 exposures . awesome


12:09 pm, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Marinus Photo Design said...

THIS is a amazing shot, the colors the depth the feel its all great. Looked at the website fujimugs. Its a nice site with many great pictures being 2nd there is a huge honer, and this picture really deserves that honor.

2:38 pm, June 03, 2006  
Anonymous dave said...

i'm speechless john ................

this image has left me quite gutted :lol:

i walk the dog there a few times a week..don't think i'll bother from now on. I might delete my chatelherault pic folder, sell my camera and take up knitting or something instead.

But seriously, fantastic once again..

Have you got a tutorial on your process and exposure settings for HDR or is it very much an individual shot thing.

9:02 pm, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Sorry John I havnt been coming by, My ISP blocked out Flickr so I couldnt see your shots,looked though them and man I can't count the amount of times my jaw fell off, really.
Your shots are worth framing as usual and they get my coveted : GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!

7:59 am, June 04, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

My same thoughts, Azhar. I don't say this lightly, John: you're my favorite photographer I visit daily; that pretty much means you're my favorite photographer period. You keep getting better; it's fun to watch. Forget Law! :) Cheers, Brent

9:57 am, June 05, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

School is starting so I will not be able to come and comment as often as I would like to, sorry :(

1:08 pm, June 05, 2006  
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Blogger John said...

I feel quite bad that I don't respond to your comments as well and as thoroughly as I should, but I really do mean it when I thank you all for your comments... good or bad.

And Brent, I literally couldn't ask for a higher compliment than that - it really does mean a lot, especially coming from a very talented photographer like yourself.

10:42 pm, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous KJM said...

This was one of the ones I voted for on the fujimugs challenge, and was pleased to see you doing well, as quite frankly the standard in the last challenge was pretty poor - I struggled to find 10 to vote for. Perhaps because it was a slightly more tricky subject; I didn't come up with anything I was happy to enter for example, so shouldn't be too critical! Still, this was definitely one of the best, and took an unusual spin on the topic, which I liked.

3:03 pm, June 08, 2006  
Anonymous James said...

Excellent shot, the colours give it an almost dreamlike fell and i'm completely captivated by it. the fact that it's busy but simple and the composure is always making you take second glances.
Well done

2:20 am, October 21, 2006  
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