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 44% (Corel PhotoPaint notation).
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Nina (4965) 2003-03-24 9:12
Wow, great shot, perhaps a touch oversharpened.
papagolf21 (89716) 2003-09-29 8:43
Pourquoi tant de haine ? - La photo est belle, ne boudons pas notre plaisir.
Why so much of hatred? - the photograph is beautiful, are not sulky our pleasure.
ninfa_urania (803) 2004-05-15 16:36
I adore the you hoist and fascinating encounter those that especially have the capacity to survive with the step of the years, the decades, the centuries, but millennia it is surprising. I believe that these trees, these alive but old creatures of the world, as well your you say, they are part of a magic universe. I like the colors, the illumination and the blue color of fondo.Yo I imagine the whole energy and magic that you had the opportunity to feel to the moment to photograph him and of being near these you hoist wonderful, Congratulations, you are fortunate in being able to capture something so beautiful. Thank you to share this beautiful image with us. Cordial greetings. Happy weekend. *Ninfa Urania*
- Copyright: Amadej Trnkoczy (amadej) (1285)
- Genre: People
- 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
- Date Submitted: 2003-03-23 17:07
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