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Re: Methuselah

Post by St3v3M » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:39 pm

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Beautifully composed, very rich (Kodachrome 25 at altitude with a polarizer rich), very Nat Geo-y. It might be juuuuuusst a tad too rich in the sky, but if it were a slightly underexposed Kodachrome (which was how we used to shoot it for saturation) it would look exactly like that! :thumbup:
This was one of my favorites, and right there on the Discovery Trail. This thing is massive and old so I tried to respect it as much as I could, but the sky was hard to control. It's close to what it looked like at 11,000 feet on a clear day but I want it right so I did a complete rework and wonder what you think. S-
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Post by Psjunkie » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:54 pm

St3v3M wrote:
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Psjunkie wrote:
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rich
Is it too much though? I don't mind rich but I don't want garish. S-
Never mentioned garish...you've a good eye Steve and know what your after..

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:16 pm

St3v3M wrote:
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looks massive
All my life I thought the Ancient Bristlecones were tiny, windswept little things so I was quite surprised when I arrived to see these massive trees. I'd guestimate those in the Schulman Grove between ten and fifteen feet tall and those in the Patriarch Grove are the tallest at about twenty feet. It amazes me even now how massive they are, even more at how old they are! S-
how old are the remnents? Dry air I guess..

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Post by St3v3M » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:26 pm

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This is a beautiful photograph, with a heroic main subject full of detail, a fancy sky, a great backdrop. I probably would raise the luminance on the blues to the point that there is less blue showing in the thin edges of the clouds, but I see a lot of photos worked the way you've presented here, with the intense rich blues, kind of like from the Galen Rowell film era. It's a perfectly acceptable artistic choice which should be, of course, yours. I've photographed those trees, and something about that atmosphere enhances the blues in the sky in an otherworldly way. Another bonus for those rich blue skies: try converting to monochrome and you will be amazed at the results.
She was one of my favorites, so bold standing there all alone, so beautiful in the evening light I had to have her picture. It's amazing what 11,000 feet does to you though, so it was slow and steady all the way. The sky is pretty close to what it is up there above but I didn't notice the fringing so I reworked it and wonder what you think. I'll have to look at black and white too, I appreciate that! S-
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:27 pm

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Never mentioned garish...you've a good eye Steve and know what your after..
I'm trying and appreciate the kind words! S-
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:34 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
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how old are the remnents? Dry air I guess..
Some of these living trees exceed 4000 years of age which is amazing considering how little water there is up there. The real Methuselah is roughly 4850 years old, bristlecone but another was found in the area estimated over 5070 years old. WOW! S-
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