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Two Tree Trunks
Lens: SMC Pentax-A 135mm 1:2.8 Camera: K-1 ii Photo Location: Foresthill Divide, Sierras ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/20s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: angkymac, 09-07-2021, 07:39 PM

I have often been fascinated by the variation in bark patterns between differing species of trees. This shows especially vividly in the forest when indirect/reflected light hits one side of two trees near each other.
I have found, however, that capturing the essence of that variation in lighting and bark patterns is pretty elusive.
In this image I used a short tele from a hundred (or so) feet away from two trees that blended (seemingly) into one another. I took several pano shots, with each shot focused on a narrow vertical band of the tree. Then focus merged them.

Now, in this first real attempt, I am not sure that I have achieved the vivid variation in forest beauty that I was hoping for. Seems rather "blah".
Well, it is a first attempt...

Wondering if three trees would give a balance to the image that could be more striking. (But to find three trees, of varied species, close enough to one another.....)
I should work more with lighting also.

Inputs are welcome.
And thanks for viewing.
Angky.

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09-07-2021, 08:12 PM   #2
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They do not look blah to me. You captured the trees with great detail that clearly shows the great variation of the bark pattern and colors of these two trees. It provides s closer look at nature that can be missed with a casual glace at the forest.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
They do not look blah to me. You captured the trees with great detail that clearly shows the great variation of the bark pattern and colors of these two trees. It provides s closer look at nature that can be missed with a casual glace at the forest.
Thank you for the encouraging words!
I'll keep giving more thought and more effort into capturing the essence of these trees; something that I'm seeing but not picturing.
And your words encourage me to keep at it a bit more.
Thanks,
Angky.
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