This one, and the photograph from my previous post, are from one of my wooded haunts near Lake Bistineau, an area that has suffered immensely over the last few years with an invasive water plant species and then our horrible drought (adding many wildfires). We’ve had a rather wet winter so some water has returned, but general interest in the area of lake goers or fisherman has dropped dramatically. That is also one of the main reasons I frequent the place. A few areas are gated and require fees to enter, but the bored and stolid park ranger always waves me by and tells me to have at it. On this particular morning, it was a beautiful, windless overcast and sodden morning. It was a nice change of pace from my three endlessly chatting little girls at home. I love them dearly, but every now and then good ol’ silence is adequate fulfillment.
I shot this stitched panoramic right after photograph I posted yesterday. I scaled down the breadth of landscape, taking between 10-15 shots. And again, I manually moved my focal point between exposures. I would have liked less blur in the foreground, but that image had a focus area I needed for the composition and I couldn’t figure out a good workaround in post. So there are a few kinks I still need to work out with controlling the depth of field. This one was also shot with a 50mm @ f1.4. For toning, I tweaked the greens and oranges in Lightroom to bring them out a bit, and hiked the contrast up a bit to get the trunks to darken. Then I applied a cross-processing filter from CEP.