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After living on Kauai for 4 years I can honestly say there are few things that compare to Oregon/PacNW green. On a recent family trip to visit a very very cute new niece! the bunch of us went out to see Mt Hood. Driving to and from there are old growth forests that my brother had picked out to go for a walk...well. Yay! While driving I was itching the entire time to get my camera on these greens!

Forests are the hardest thing for me, and a lot of other it seems, photographers to shoot. A forest is chaos and within that chaos we as photographers have to make a coherent composition, draw elements together, make it work. I spent a long time (too long probably according to the family that was waiting on me) in this one area alone trying to figure out how to piece this together. In the end I did a 5 image DOF bracket to make sure everything was sharp front to back (new technique I was trying out) and am happy with the result here.

And honestly, VERY little color work done here...it really is that green! (now if only you could feel how cold it was, haha)

Thanks!
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SetsiAngelSailor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured - [link] :heart:
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Much thanks for the support!

aF
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SetsiAngelSailor Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Funny, you went from Oregon to Kauai. I went 7 years to/from Seattle to Kona, switching every 3-4 months! Then to Thailand for last 6 years, before coming home to Miami...

I miss the gree-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-een AND the soft, gentle rain, in the forests.

Been all over this planet. PNW is my fav...

Thanks for such a great photo!
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nice, quite the journey. Spent 6 months in pdx the summer of 06. Only been back twice since then. Love it out there. Kauai has been home for 4 years...will be traveling/shooting more in the future. glad you enjoy...fun!

aF
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful work
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aprileagle Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Wow, that looks like a picture taken from a fairy tale book with all the undergrowth and the moss. Somewhere the witch is hiding, I'm sure ;) .

I also like the sharpness. It's often great when you focus on one spot and the rest gets blurry, but I also like it when everything is sharp and you can see every little detail.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Much thanks...fairies everywhere!

aF
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FantasyLost Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Digital Artist
I like your photo very much. For me, it emphasizes why it is so important to save these old growth forests (and the wildlife that depends on them) rather than turning all our forests into tree farms.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yep, you bet! Thanks :)
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BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lush as can be man! Mind if I pick your brain about the focus stack? I've been wanting to try a few methods out and would love to know how you worked it or a link to a tutorial. Thanks Aaron!
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Live view...focus on close element then incrementally move focus until you get to infinity. set exposure to manual. and pray for no wind ;) Glad you like!

aF
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BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
Awesome, thank you! Did you use image align in PS?
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
auto-align then auto-blend yep!
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Riggs15 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Yeah, there are very few things that can compare to the NW forests! Great photo!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I agree, forests are maybe the most difficult to shoot. I love the colors here, but the right side of the picture seems a bit empty. I can't help it. Also, the diagonal log pulls you out of it. Maybe it work better as a square. :-)
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Appreciate the feedback...was going for the big log leading to the little cluster of trees back right. Not perfect but think it works...seems you and alex are in the same camp :)

af
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
You are welcome Aaron, and I agree, it still works.
I sure like Alex's work.
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JurassicMark Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Beautiful!
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IvanAndreevich Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Haha honestly I really don't like our damp forests. I'd much rather go to Hawaii! :)
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Honestly, nothing out here compares to that green. woah. :)
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IvanAndreevich Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm sure nothing out there compares to the shitty cold rain that's pouring outside right this moment :(
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Gotta keep those greens poppin'!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I hate to say it Aaron but in the theme of being honest, and I always am, this is style over substance. The composition seems to be absent here and the shot is generally cluttered. Then we have an Adamus like effect to try and pull something out the bag....Soory to be so harsh but this image needs a bit of a retink in my opinion....*runs away to hide*
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Of course we're here for honesty :p I will however go to great extent to say that this comp was extraordinarily thought out and there was NO orton applied at all...just natural light/color...really was that crazy.

For comp I can give you this...tree on left acts to frame the scene, logs/etc bottom right add weight to that side as to balance out a bit and not feel so empty. strong line of long leads eye in to scene, where it can wander a bit in the foliage in the back. depth courtesy of crazy colors and light.

Waiting to see what the hoards have to see on this one...

Thanks as always :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't listen to the hoards, fair point on the orton though, I dont know what inspired me to say that now because it doesnt even look like it :P

From my point of view the tree on the left unbalances the scene and the log in the foreground isnt sufficiently diagonal to really work as a lead-in, particularly since its broken by foliage. it also feels generally cetral and static to me...Thats just eh way I see it, no doubt some poeple will see it very differently :)
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
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Where I get photogs advice...FM does ok with it. Will see what comes. ;)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I stand by what I said!
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
muhahahahahahahahaha. :) i know, just bustin balls ;)
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
By hoards I meant FM and NPN...not here ;) This is just a show and tell site mostly ;)

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HisElizabeth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely! The Pacific NW is on my list of places to go before I die...
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CarlaTovar Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations for your new niece! :hug:
That is a beautiful forest and shoot! Didn't you have problems to walk in there xD? it seems to be very thick!
Oh yes I can imagine the cold weather, brr
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nope...not very dense at all. Easy to bounce around...just cold and wet! :)
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despycable-me Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Photographer
cool :)
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