Posts Tagged ‘forests and streams’

Keep Dreaming

August 16, 2011

We had a long weekend here in Italy, so I spent some time editing some of the pictures taken in the past years.

The picture in this post was taken in “Val di Genova”, a small valley in the Western part of Trentino. The bottom of the valley is run by a river and a road that takes you through the entire valley.

Keep Dreaming

Keep Dreaming - Canon 5D, 17-40 f/4 L, 17mm@f/16, 0.8s, ISO 200. A second picture taken at ISO 800 was used to freeze the water movements (1/8s).

As starting point of this image, I took a single raw shot taken at 0.8s. However, the fast moving water was still with few details left. So, I took a second shot at ISO 800 with a shutter speed of 1/8s enough for freezing some details in the water. Then, I revealed the details of the water using the high ISO shot.

 

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Wolf Stream

August 8, 2011

Once in a while, I manage to get out with my camera and get some decent pictures. This are the Wolf Falls, that have been already featured in this blog. Actually, I have visited this falls in autumn and winter. Now I wanted to have a picture of the summer season. To have a different composition, this time I went in with a pair of hip waders. In this way, I was able to get in the middle of the stream without any problem.

In the picture below, I used the foam in the stream as a leading line in to the frame. It also works very nice as a balancing element with the falls itself. To achieve maximum deep of field, I took two pictures of the same scene, one focusing on the close rocks and the second one for the far falls. Then, I used the  technique described in Tony Kuyper’s eBook on digital scheimplfug for merging the two pictures (highly recommended). Finally, I gave an overall glow that resembles the foggy atmosphere that I experienced while being there due to the falls spray

Wolf Stream

Wolf Stream - Canon 5D, 24-105 f/4 L, 24mm@f/11, 2s, ISO 100. Two images focused on different points and blended together.

Towards the Autumn

November 8, 2010

Second picture from the gorge of the Wolf Falls. This time I came prepared with my knee-high boots to cross the small stream (4 meters wide) in order to go further inside the gorge. The colours in the trees this time were starting really to shine. Thanks to the low sun of the late afternoon, the colours of the trees were very brilliant. By positioning the camera on a low angle, the small pool in the middle of the picture was reflecting the colours of the trees giving a nice touch of yellow.

Towards the Autumn

Towards the Autumn - Canon 5D, 17-40f/4,17mm@f/11, manual blending of 4 exposures at 0.4, 1.3, 2, and 3.2 sec., ISO 100.

 

In the following post, I’ll show a picture of the actual falls made on another visit.

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The Gorge of the Wolf Falls

November 5, 2010

This picture was taken near Segonzano, in a small and narrow gorge called the “Wolf Falls”. I discovered this place before the summer, when we moved to Lisignago. I knew that this place had some potentials thus I waited for the right time.

 

The Narrows

The Narrows - Canon 5D, 24-105 f/4 L, 24mm@f/11, 15sec.

“The Narrows” was taken at the beginning of the Autumn when the trees started to turn their colours. During this visit, I didn’t have my welly boots so I could not jump into the water. But I tried to use as leading line the semi-submerged rocks.  The tree in the background works as a nice anchor point. During post processing, I enhanced the the blue in the water to give more colour contrast against the red in the rocks. More pictures from this place will follow in the next posts.

At the Starting of the Winter

April 12, 2010

I’m continuing posting images taken last year. This one is from a nice trip at the beginning of the winter in November 2009. A layer of fresh snow covers the forest where the autumn colours are still visible (mainly larches at this altitude).

At the Starting of the Winter - Canon 5D, 24-105L, 67mm@f/11, 1/4s, ISO 50.

Ready for the Autumn

April 8, 2010

Here is a picture taken last autumn in the Genova Valley. The colours where at the top and we managed also to get some decent images of the sunset.

Ready for the Autumn - Canon 5D, 24-105L, 47mm@f/11, 3.2s, ISO 50.

On the River Bank

April 7, 2010

Standing on this river bank in the Genova Valley, attracted by the colours of the water and rocks. The dark forest on the other bank looks very mysterious and intimidating.

On the River Bank - Canon 5D, 17-40L, 19mm@f/16, 2.5s, ISO 50.

A Carpet of Heather

April 6, 2010

A colourful carpet of heather blooming in late spring 2009.

A Carpet of Heather - Canon 5D, 17-40L, 21mm@f/16, 1s, ISO 50.