On the border between Nevada and California, a remote, majestic mountain ridge, White Mountains stand. A magic world, more than 600 million years old, 3.000 square km of high desert landscape, better said of the Moon on the Earth, impressed me deeply. There, in total solitude, between 10.000 and 14,246 feet altitude, on the edge of possible in terms of survival, the oldest living creatures of the World - ancient Pinus longaeva (Bristlecone Pine) grow. There one can admire trees which grew already when Cesar ruled Roman Empire, when Christ was born, when Pharaohs built pyramids. The oldest known tree is 4.700 years old, the oldest dead trunk found has nearly 9.000 years.
Aperture priority, matrix metering. Scanned by Nikon CoolScan IV-ED. Cropped, hue was shifted toward yellow and red, since high mountain light was fairly cool. Contrast was slightly increased using Curves. The sky was masked (Magic Wand tool) and mask shrank for a few pixels. Gaussian blur 2 pix radius at 4.000 pix picture width. Resampled to 800 pix width. Mask inverted and wood/trees sharpened using Unsharp mask 50% level, 2 pix radius. JPEG level 50% (Corel PhotoPaint notation).
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Porteplume (3436) 2003-03-23 17:25
All three are beautiful. But this one is my favourite...
I don't know precisely why, but I had to think of a mix of Van Gogh, Dali and Edvard Munch because of these tormented shapes.
adam (860) 2003-03-24 2:43
I like this one the most as well. The blue background with sunlight at right is a very nice offset to the interesting natural wooden designs framing the entire image.
anadai (2687) 2003-03-24 9:03
I agree with the experts, they all are beautiful. This I like best. Seems perfect.
Nina (4965) 2003-03-24 9:15
I agree with the others this one is best. Just a suggestion: have you considered cropping out the blown out highlight on the left? I think this stunning shot would be improved by the suggested crop.
kikin (334) 2003-08-31 15:43
What an amazing picture! I like the pattern & composition of subject laid on blue sky background.
CoolDan (2516) 2003-11-02 4:38
Superbe. C'est un très bon angle. Les couleurs sont très bien rendues. J'aime beaucoup les lignes dans ce bois tordu.
sohrab (7439) 2004-06-15 2:16
wow in the thumbnail it looked like some clothes fluttering in strong wind, beautiful photograph
dawekato (2269) 2004-10-04 8:14
Very interesting story and a great image. I like the low POV against the blue sky. Nice and sharp. Clean composition creates a simple abstract shape but the textures in the trees put it all into context. Bravo! You have captured reality and created a work of art.
desman (2220) 2005-01-08 3:29
très joli et très bien équilibré au niveau de l'exposition, bravo
anil-ahuja (327) 2005-01-08 3:49
Great image! Looks very balanced and very much like a painting. The highlights on the tree (on left) and balanced by the highlights in the sky (on right ). Great picture.
royh (581) 2006-01-31 18:52
Great photo, looks more like an abstract painting than real life. The colors are a little unusual but look good. TFS
Mircea (328) 2006-04-17 3:55
Such an amazing shot... Just perfect!
kalle67 (55) 2006-12-19 23:39
VERY good POV. it's a picture that works for me
nthing more nneds to be said, except full marks from me
MikiM (1924) 2007-08-28 1:49
Amazing picture ( at this moment I don't know the othre two - but I like it very much. YOur great PP work is also honorable here - thanks for the detailed note.
shubhro (72) 2008-09-19 9:15
what a superb shot! flawless!
chicca (356) 2008-10-09 23:43
che conforta e bizzarra questa immagine! ma mi piace davvero tanto!
Hellas (6879) 2009-04-26 11:50
Meticulous work! You love very much photography!
This is one of the most beautiful images I have ever seen!
You told us what exactly did in processing and I appreciate it!
Thank you very much for sharing your work.
Ascot (339) 2010-03-19 6:04
A wonderful photo of a stunning subject. I have never seen P.longaeva growing, but it is well named, from what you have told us in your description. The colour and composition are superb. I don't completely understand all your technical details, but that does not prevent me from appreciating this beautiful image. Thank you.
- Copyright: Amadej Trnkoczy (amadej) (1285)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1996-04-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon 8008S, Tamron AF 35-105/2.8, Fuji Velvia, Tiffen Cir. Polarizer 67mm
- Exposure: f/8
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): the worlds trees [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-03-23 17:03
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