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Giant toothpicks, Yosemite Nat'l Park, CALIFORNIA
Lens: DA 16-45 mm f/4 Camera: Pentax K5 Photo Location: California ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F9 
Posted By: RICHARD L., 04-12-2021, 04:31 PM

Giant trees abound in Yosemite Nat'l Park.

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04-13-2021, 04:43 PM   #2
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A very well constructed image. Impressed with the rich colors. What did you use for sky? Many thnx for posting.

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Straight JPG, I rarely use a CPL and I didn't bring any on my U.S. tours.

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Wow. It really looked like the result of a polarizing filter, or otherwise heavy treatment with colors. Wow, that blue sky. Was it that blue in the original scene? I didn't know the old DA 16-45 was able to capture such a contrasty scene!

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I always set my color palette to VIBRANT and underexpose by 1/3 or 1/2 f/stop. In post-processing, you can render the sky almost black, so no need for polarizers. I try to never overdo it. Indeed the DA 16-45 mm f/4 lens delivered crisp and colorful images. Its only "problem" was heavy Lateral Chromatic Aberrations in the wide-angle range (especially with the older K10 and K20), but this defect was mostly remedied by built-in correction programs in newer cameras like the K5 or K3. Remember that the California sky is really blue as the relative humidity is very low (i.e. 6% in Death Valley, around 30% in the Sierra Nevada).
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Cool perspective - I think the trailer to the right helps me with scale
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QuoteOriginally posted by STARHUNTER94 Quote
the trailer to the right helps me with scale
These rental RV's are about 11 feet tall, so that helps you evaluate the height of the adjacent fir trees. Sequoia Nat'l Park, south of Yosemite, has even more impressive trees.

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Wow yeah, I didn't even suspect they were that big.

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