Photographing redwoods is difficult. Conveying the size of the trees requires some sort of a visual anchor, and I want to avoid including people or man-made objects in my photos. Using a wide angle lens emphasizes the foreground and thus visually reduces the size of the trees; at the same time, the ferns and even the clover leafs are much bigger in redwood forests, taking another visual clue away.
And then there’s the “loss of magic”, of course, because the entire sensation of three-dimensionality, standing amidst those giant trees, is missing. I am of the opinion that elevating an image beyond the sheer depiction of reality often helps with it. For this redwood image, I’ve chosen a process that is something like a mixture between the classic high-key and bleach-bypass techniques, resulting in a very bright appearance with crisp detail. I’ve yet to see if I can apply the process to other images in order to form a little series.Thanks for reading! You can stay up to date with my blogposts and subscribe via email (the subscription form opens in a new browser window/tab). It's easy as pie! :-)
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