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#1)  I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby longshadow » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:23 pm

My twin brother Darvel ("Darv") and I are old-growth tree lovers at age 74, and we live in NW Oregon. We love to search for the biggest, tallest and oldest trees of mostly softwood species. For the last 10 years or so, we've explored and bushwhacked in the remaining old-growth forests of Washington, Oregon and California. Here's a short article that I wrote: http://www.oregonwild.org/about/blog/hi ... -treasures. I'm a professional photographer and have hundreds of high-quality stitched images of remarkable old trees, from their bases to their crowns. Some day we'll have a website, but for now I'm trying to finish a book on Mount Adams, Washington, which I've literally spent a lifetime studying and exploring.

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#2)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby mdvaden » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:37 am

I'm familiar with the Darvel-Meister ... get occasional email updates of various adventures. Your post reminded me of the time Taylor, Atkins and I stopped by the Brummit Fir.
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#3)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby longshadow » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:46 pm

Glad to see your new view of the Brummit Fir. We're heading down to that neck of the woods in a few weeks. So how do you post a small photo or two on this site?
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#4)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby mdvaden » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:04 am

longshadow wrote:Glad to see your new view of the Brummit Fir. We're heading down to that neck of the woods in a few weeks. So how do you post a small photo or two on this site?


When you type here, under the text box are a few buttons like Open Draft, Save Draft, Preview and Submit.

Below that, look for a green tab that says Upload Attachment. When you click it, then a button appears to choose a file from your computer, and then click the next button down to add the file. Then when done typing click the submit button. I don't find it particularly user friendly, but it's fairly easy to use.
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#5)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby longshadow » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:16 pm

While we're on the topic of the Brummit (Doerner) Fir, some folks may not know that it's the world's tallest known Douglas fir at 327 ft. and 11.5 ft. DBH. But maybe only for a few more years because of its dead top. These shots are from 2009. Thanks for the instructions on posting.
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#6)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby Larry Tucei » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:30 pm

I really enjoyed your link. Those are some great trees you and your brother have been measuring. Welcome to NTS and please post some more.   Larry
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#7)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby longshadow » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:41 pm

Thanks, Larry! I see you've been around for quite awhile. I'm new at this, so bear with me. Anyway, I can't wait to go back to the giant sequoias and re-photograph The President. It's a famous tree of course, but back in 2009 when I took this shot, I didn't realize that it's the world's 2nd largest tree by wood volume. The world's largest tree by volume is General Sherman. Here are snaps of both trees.
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Postby mdvaden » Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:02 am

I've seen lots of photos by people from General Sherman. I think the distant composition  showing the entire tree is the better way to capture it.
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#9)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby Erik Danielsen » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:21 pm

Beautiful images! I've also been working to hone a technique of portraitizing trees (though my east-coast subjects are far less massive) by way of multiframe stitching, particularly seeking to recreate the subject isolation that can be achieved for larger subjects using a wide aperture lens on a large capture medium like 4x5 or 8x10 film. I've contemplated what it might take to achieve that with significantly large trees- probably multiple frames through a fast telephoto wide open at a moderate distance, something I don't really have the glass for at present.
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Works well for young hemlocks, though...
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#10)  Re: I photograph remarkable trees of the West Coast

Postby mdvaden » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:58 pm

Erik Danielsen wrote:Beautiful images! I've also been working to hone a technique of portraitizing trees (though my east-coast subjects are far less massive) by way of multiframe stitching, particularly seeking to recreate the subject isolation that can be achieved for larger subjects using a wide aperture lens on a large capture medium like 4x5 or 8x10 film. I've contemplated what it might take to achieve that with significantly large trees- probably multiple frames through a fast telephoto wide open at a moderate distance, something I don't really have the glass for at present.


I don't think it would do much good for a large tree unless you could print or display it huge. Say ... like the 40 in. x 60 in. canvas I just hung in a Crescent City gallery.
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