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 65% (Corel PhotoPaint notation).
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Leo (881) 2003-03-23 19:31
Great shot, I have always wanted to see those trees in real person. Age really shows!
Nina (5003) 2003-03-24 9:10
Very nice Amadej. I would love to be able to go and see these old things, but your photo is the next best thing. Any more?
Pookanoodle (482) 2003-06-12 9:23
Fantastic texture and I love the contrast between the wood and the blue sky!
Motrem (2392) 2003-07-27 15:46
Quelle belle composition et la texture de l'arbre et le ciel bleu... Mais c'est tout simplement extraordinaire comme photo. Bravo!
bodinux (363) 2003-10-06 23:47
Man you sure know what you are doing with your camera. I love this shot. The wood is really well rendered
Surfer31 (0) 2003-11-17 19:09
The forms and texture are simply hipnotic. Great, great picture. I like specialy the small devil on the upper right.
liakoshim (565) 2004-03-19 7:12
what a texture, what a folie of the nature! bravo.
Jaap (0) 2004-05-17 5:55
Incredibly interesting these trees. The longest living thing on earth. A live on water and carbondioxide. Was this tree dead or still alive or partly dead/alive?
Hanssie (10886) 2004-07-30 13:12
aimeric (265) 2004-09-17 22:07
stunning pic, well done
Lisas_world (1232) 2004-10-04 18:13
The lines in this are just wild. Very nice, clear detail and fine color.
archanabhimasen (270) 2005-04-15 11:50
Very nice. I liked the way you have seen beauty in this dried tree and the pattern that has been created by nature!
designsoul (21492) 2005-06-13 0:00
Absolutely gorgeous, Amadei! Such a wonderful abstract image! You might even try the monochrome look, the lines and the play of light and shade might make it work. Congratulations!
rutti (249) 2005-06-25 10:37
Magical place, I have to visit it one day.
Dyerco (10185) 2007-10-26 9:11
Excellent shot. I was just there four weeks ago but we elected to go to Patriarch instead. Wonderful details and light in the old wood. It was an impressive area and a highlight on our trip.
aspiringamateur (151) 2007-10-26 9:26
This looks like an Ansel Adams photo in color--he took a very similar (famously successful) one in black and white, so designsoul's suggestion would certainly work! Excellent detail in the strong light, and nice composition that draws one into the photo towards the patches of blue. BTW, that's a creative and appropriate title!
- 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, In The Realm Of The Sensuous, La folie de la nature, My favorite photos (16+1) (Gatti Matti) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-03-23 17:12
- Favorites: 6 [view]