07.16.2020 The view from under the Maple

As I mentioned yesterday, I had visited Mount Pollux hoping for colorful skies.  The east and north were too thickly clouded for the rising sun to have much of an effect, but to the south a few clouds caught some nice light so I framed The Holyoke Range with the maple, trying to emphasize the tree with its wonderful base while still maintaining the landscape.

5D Mark IV, 16-35 @ 16mm, f/16@0.5 sec, ISO 100.  I did a little burning and dodging of the tree to give the image a bit more depth.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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25 Responses to 07.16.2020 The view from under the Maple

  1. Littlesundog says:

    What a serene setting. I love how the maple and those tall, dry grasses lead the eye to the distant vista.The rising sun creates the most lovely color!

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    • This is a favorite spot for many people and is much visited during the day. Most often at this early time of day I have the place to myself and serenity rules. Thanks for the nice critique, Lori!


  2. NJUrbanForest says:

    Great picture!

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  3. I want to sit under that tree with a good book for a long time.

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  4. Maria says:

    A beautiful landscape because of the framing.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    Burn and dodge all you like. 😉 Such a comforting landscape; it’s always nice to see it.

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    • It’s a good way to create depth as well as control hot spots. This is, as you probably know, one of my go to spots. Sometimes by plan and sometimes because I can’t think of any place better at the moment. 🙂

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  6. krikitarts says:

    I spent so many meditative hours burning and dodging in my old darkroom with cut-out shapes on wires for dodging and cut-out negative spaces in cards for burning. In a sense, it’s way too easy now, but I can’t honestly say that I really miss the old craft techniques all that much. What you’ve done to bring out the trunk and roots of the tree really helps to bring out its fine form and structure.

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    • I think easy is a good thing. I did a fair amount of dodging and burning, making all my tiny shaped pieces of papers on pipe cleaners, in my Cibachrome darkroom and can say I definitely like this way way better. I also like that once you get everything just right, it is always just right. Plus, with my now very unsteady hands a precise repeatable application would be, ahem, dodgy at best.

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      • krikitarts says:

        Very well said. So you had a full color darkroom? I’m (even more) impressed. I was never able to manage that back then, but I value highly what I learned in the monochrome sector. It was a very sad and fond farewell to have to bid adieu to my beloved Besseler 23C II enlarger and all the assorted paraphernalia. I must admit that I still reminisce about the dedication involved in the process–maybe even as often as a couple of minutes once a month or so.

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      • It was a very cool thing to watch an image appear in the bath but I really don’t miss it all that much. Supposedly the Cibachrome chemicals, when mixed together, made a neutralized broth but I was always nervous about pouring it down the drain so am happy that is no longer something I do.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    The trunk and roots of that tree are remarkable. It seems more massive than it is: it seems even to dwarf the mountains on the horizon. It seems remarkably lively, too. I can almost feel those roots digging down into the earth.

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    • It is a wonderful old tree although probably a bit lonely without its lifelong partner now cut down. 16mm does help it to appear more massive but that is a quality I wanted to capture and include in the landscape.


  8. I really like all the textures and the fine details you have caught in the roots and bole of the tree, Steve. A lovely, calming scene.

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  9. Ann Mackay says:

    Beautiful – I love that the tree is both a frame for the landscape and a part of the landscape.

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a lovely scenic view. ❤

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