Out shooting the Bristlecone Pines with Nolan It was great to finally get to see the forest for myself. The Bristlecone Pine trees are considered to be one of the oldest living organisms on the planet, some of which are well over 4000 years old. The skeletal remains of the dead trees make for some interesting shooting subjects.
As soon as I arrived back in Marquette, I was very excited to photograph a few locations I have had on mind for quite some time. I decided to wake up at 6 AM my third day back to venture out to Sand River. Sand River is only about fifteen miles outside of Marquette, heading towards Munising. The forecast was for primarily overcast skies, but I was feeling antsy, I would not wait another day to photograph the location. I reached Sand River and the conditions seemed to match the weather report, overcast, so I approached the scene in a subtle manner.
Follow me: Facebook| 500px | Google+ | 1x _______Tech Info Pentax K20D Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E Aperture: f/6,7 Shutter Speed: 55s ISO-Value: 100 Focal Length: 14mm Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8, Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol Time: 5:27am
_____Random Info This is my 2nd approach at the Lac Blanc situated in the Aiguilles Rouge in France. This shot was taken a little later than the horizontal approach and this time I had my circular polarizer on to cleanse the lakes surface of the reflection but only so much that the waters actual color does become visible to contrast the gentle violet tones of the morning light also because it did start raining and the surface wasn't as still anymore. Furthermore the light cinnamon tones of the stones fit into the image quite well I suppose. In contrast to the other image which is linked below I did adjust the white balance here a bit more to add a warmer feeling which seemed natural due to the sunrise's light peeking through the clouds here and there; you can actually see it on the rocks on the right side of the cottage.
Due to the lowered aperture value I felt like focusing a little more on the foreground instead of the mountains as I did in the first image was advantageous in this case.
_______Update Info Recently I have been looking through some more pictures here and there, editing new ones and also looking through old ones and changing some things here and there. So I figured I add some more tonality via the levels tool in this picture and do a new channel blend to get the stones in the foreground a little crisper.
Here you can see the first approach as well as read some more information about the location and how SvenMueller and I got there:
Icebergs on the black volcanic sand beach, and stormy Icelandic weather created a great time and place to be for some good photography. I took over 50 shots of this setting to make sure I stopped all the movement at least on one of them.