Walking Among Giants

Vacation Day 3: We stayed in the Eureka, CA area in order to spend more time in the Redwoods. I've decided that forests aren't very camera friendly. I did manage to get a few alright photos out of the large stack that I took.

If the extreme contrasts and darkness of the forest wasn't enough, capturing the true scale of the trees was another difficulty. At any rate, here is Andy setting the scale of this particular beast of a tree. However big it looks here, think bigger. And, this wasn't even the largest one we saw. This tree was at the start of one of the trails behind the park visitor center.

Technical Details
Aperture Value: f/5
Focal Length: 18 mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment
Exposure Program: Program
ISO: 800
Shutter Speed Value: 1/80 sec
Exposure Bias: -1EV


We felt like we were going to be jumped by Ewoks at any moment on this trail. ;-)

It was getting late in the day and the sun was coming in through the trees at an interesting angle. With this shot I tried to capture that effect.

Technical Details
Aperture Value: f/6.3
Focal Length: 18 mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment
Exposure Program: Program
ISO: 800
Shutter Speed Value: 1/160 sec
Exposure Bias: -1EV

There was also a few wildflowers still blooming although the rhododendrons were at the end of their flowering cycle. This flower was white with a green center and a few bugs wandering amongst the pollen. I tried converting it over to B&W and I ended up liking this version better than the original. When converting to B&W I usually end up increasing contrast and shadows in the process to bring out the details of the subject.

Technical Details
Aperture Value: f/6.3
Focal Length: 55 mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Segment
Exposure Program: Program
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed Value: 1/1600 sec