longshadow wrote:Yes, the main thing to eliminate is distortion caused by a wide angle lens. I normally try to shoot at the same focal length as my eyes, which is equivalent to about 50mm on an old film 35mm camera. Then get far enough away from the tree to see as much of the crown as possible; also eliminate camera tilt. Here's a stitched image of Del Norte Titan redwood. BYW, Zach Urness of the Salem Statesman Journal wrote this excellent piece about trampling in the Grove of the Titans, and efforts by the National Park Service to minimize it. I gave $100 to help pay for a boardwalk.
longshadow wrote:Glad to know about the 3/4/17 Del Norte Triplicate article: http://www.triplicate.com/news/5120775- ... ing-titans. But sorry to hear that donations to the Redwood Parks Conservancy have been so little. Raising a million dollars for an elevated trail seems impossible without a major PR effort.
longshadow wrote:I checked the Save the Grove Titans Facebook site, and they had raised $5,000 as of yesterday.
mdvaden wrote: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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