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Old October 19th, 2012, 02:26 PM
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AROD.....part 2 - foliage

Around Rainier in One Day (AROD). Descending down Cayuse Pass on Mt Rainier National Park's eastside and approaching the Ohanopecosh area (relative lowlands) I sought out specific specimens of fall foliage....I'm a sucker for backlit leaves.

All are SOOC, resized and perhaps cropped.

1. A backlit branch of a vine maple with moss, showing the amount of moisture normally prevalent in this area.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 180
ISO-100, f-8, 150/ sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

2. The heavy canopy of massively tall evergreen block much of the sunshine from the lower areas BUT allow narrow shafts of light...and great backlighting ops!

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 400
ISO-100, f-11, 1/15 sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

3. Some "spotlighting" is narrower beamed than others!

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 400
ISO-100, f-8, 1/50 sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

4. Some maples are yet green, mostly the lower and therefore warmer.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 330
ISO-100, f-16, 1/13 sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

5. A low branch of a hemlock gets the spotlighting.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 100
ISO-100, f-16, 1/3 sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

6. Shot virtually straight overhead, looking up thru the lower, less brightly leaves against a background of higher, brighter same maple and almost monochromatic foliage.

Canon 5D II, 100-400mm @ 275
ISO-100, f-5.6, 1/6 sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

7. I took the relatively short trail to Grove of the Patriarchs (LARGE trees) but was disappointed as peak foliage wasn't here yet. I cut the hike short in order to have time for another destination (Part 3) but took this, a fallen tree crossing the trail in front of an even larger one. An adult can readily pass underneath the left side and only needs to stoop slightly in the center.....just for scale. Note the shutter speed, indicative of the low light levels in such areas.

Canon 5D II, 24-105mm @ 60
ISO-100, f-16, 8 sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

8. A suspension bridge across the Ohanopecosh River onto the island where the Patriarchs reside.....I've shown them here previously. I turned around at this point.

Canon 5D II, 24-105mm @ 93
ISO-100, f-16, 4 sec, polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

Comments and critique encouraged!

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Old October 19th, 2012, 02:33 PM
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Re: AROD.....part 2 - foliage

Love the backlit leaves the best. No. 6 is a real beauty; almost Japanese art-like. All in all, nice work, Russ.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Re: AROD.....part 2 - foliage

All of these are excellent. However with the first one you knocked the ball out of the park. The one thing that sets this apart from most fall images is that the leaves on the trees are not super saturated aand have a more natural look to them. Nice and sharp too.

I remember the bridge. If Disney had it it would take a D ticket to cross it.


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Old October 21st, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Ron & Lynn,
Thanks for viewing and commenting....always appreciated.
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Re: AROD.....part 2 - foliage

Russ, that first shot really shouts "Fall"! I agree with Lynn, the color is so natural, almost a little subdued.

I really like the way you set up the shot of the hemlock. You've captured the perfect lighting there.

The one with the huge trees just really blows my mind. I can't imagine what it's like to walk up to something that big. Truly a remarkable are that you live in.
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Re: AROD.....part 2 - foliage

Ah, Russ returns to backlighting! All of these are well done, particularly given SOOC. Compositionally, though, the first shot is heads and shoulder above the rest. The lighting is wonderful, but the moss really adds story, context, and balance. Wonderful shot.

8 seconds, huh? Good thing you bring your tripod on these hikes!
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Re: AROD.....part 2 - foliage

Bridges like that always remind me that I have a little fear of heights. Looks like a great area to spend a day.
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The lighting is amazing! great work
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Awesome back lit shots Russ... nice work.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM
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Re: AROD.....part 2 - foliage

John, Tim, Jesse, Jen, & Larry,
Thanks for your comments...glad I'm not the only one who appreciates backlit foliage!

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..................I really like the way you set up the shot of the hemlock. You've captured the perfect lighting there.

The one with the huge trees just really blows my mind. I can't imagine what it's like to walk up to something that big. Truly a remarkable are that you live in.
I'm glad someone else sees/relates to what I saw in that hemlock. RE the tree....I wasn't even into the grove of large ones yet either!

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......................8 seconds, huh? Good thing you bring your tripod on these hikes!
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Bridges like that always remind me that I have a little fear of heights.....
Be forewarned....you don't want to cross one of these with me! While I always test my ability to hands-free walk across smoothly without getting the thing to oscillating, the kid in me has to stop and see how much bounce there is to it!
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