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Snag along a ridge

Snag along a ridge
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-20
Categories: Trees
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, Cokin P120 Graduated Gray G1
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-05 13:41
Viewed: 3457
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this snag while hiking along a ridge in the Coquihalla area of South-western BC. Broken clouds made for some great lighting effects, and the fresh snow on the distant Coquihalla Mtn gave that mtn a bit of a highlight.
It was one of those types of scenes that to me demonstrated the epitome of wilderness travel.

On a photo editing note, some green saturation was added, the snag itself was selected and sharpened, the shadows from the ridge to the right werer brightened, and the clouds were stroked with a "burn" brush.
The photo was also cropped about 10% to give the snag more of a close-up feel.
A Cokin grad filter was also used for the sky.

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This is nice Tim. I do like those wide angle lenses. The results can be quite dramatic. How did you position the grad filter so as to avoid making the top of the tree, where is overlaps the sky, black?
We still have to explore your part of the world. As it turned out there was a lot of fire alerts and evacuation alerts and smoke when we drove through there in September...so will try again.


Evelynn : )

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-05 13:56]

Absolutely breath taking!

The depth of field, composition, pov are all outstanding.

You live in a beautiful place.

Thanks for sharing,


What a great looking tree Tim, the crooked limbs, knots, and texture add such a great dimension to your shot. The mountains in the background with the shadows from the clouds above add more great colours and textures. This is just a all round great shot.
Lucky you for getting out so much.
TFS Janice

Dramatic scenery and well captured. Some good PP applied to emphasise the highlights.
Great composition and framing, well exposed.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-06 7:35]

Hi Tim

Splendid composition! Truely an epic photo!
The POV is impressive and the DOF is magnificent!
WOW! I keep looking at this picture and all i can say is WOW!
The contrast between the dead tree and all the other green slopes and mountainslides is amazing. Also very interesting and great looking are those cubic large rocks near the tree. The prespective on the distant mountains is terrific and all the colors and tones are simply lovely!
GREAT work!
Bravo and TFS

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