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| p.1 #1 · Photographing the forest giants? |
Well, yes, we've done gone and done it... moved the to Pacific Coast, as I have mentioned before. A host of new photographic environments awaits. The coast is right at hand, and I've found my way into it's tide pools, flower beds, dunes, rocky vistas, misty intimacies, and powerful surfs. Also nearby are the forest giants. Coastal redwoods, Douglas fir, Port Orford Cedar... and more... I dream of the coming spring, when the rhododendrons bloom in the mist among these wondrous marvels.
But I find that when I try photography among the giant trees that I always fall short. Of course, it is usually dark in the groves, cool and wet. A tripod is a necessity. But, even so, dynamic range has so far tripped me up. That bit of sky in the background, that bright mist, those illuminated rays tend to be over exposed if I get the carpets of redwood sorrel, sword ferns, and trees properly exposed. Yes, blending and HDR techniques would solve that problem, but I am curious what others do to handle dynamic range under these circumstances?
Beyond the problems of good exposure though, lie the matters that really strike fear in my heart: Framing compelling images. I have tried a few approaches. The ground shot through the undergrowth, the straight up shot, the wide-angle get it all shot, the close-ups and macros of interesting things. So far, I have not made an image that meets my expectations.
So, I am looking for tips. Anyone care to share an idea, or an image and a few words about how you came to make it?