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Just having some fun with NIK on this IR capture

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Explored 7/30 #37

Tags:   infrared false color NIK photoshop slider sunday spring tulip gazebo outdoors brookside gardens maryland gardens nature park flower

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Back in May 2016, I tagged along with Kevin Benedict to visit Boardman Tree Farm in Oregon, with its vast acreage of Poplar trees planted. The symmetric rows are irresistible fodder for photographers. On my first visit back then, however, I'll admit that I was only mildly interested, and my lack of enthusiasm reflected in my decidedly mediocre photographs from that shoot. I'm pretty sure Kevin was mildly annoyed (and rightfully so) that I didn't have the vision to see the possibilities here. Shortly after that visit we learned the news that Boardman land had been sold for a dairy farm and a crop farm. That these immense stands of poplars were being quickly cut down came as sad news.

When a trip to Portland area came up this fall, a return visit to Boardman became a must before all the trees are gone. This time around the leaves were about at peak fall color and the stunning yellow carpet, above and below, quickly stoked my passion for symmetric rows of trees. With ample time to walk around the standard shots gave way to more experimentation. Here I started playing with zooming during a long exposure, and was delighted with the results. It took quite a few tries to find the right balance between the speed and range of zoom. The outcome of this one with its fuzzy lighting from beyond and its rays extending through the trees made me think of a classic alien encounter effect (the product of an active imagination fueled by too much caffeine to keep awake during the long drive). The ground is not quite even here so the horizon line is not precisely horizontal, but natural beauty is not about perfection, so here we are.

Tags:   Boardman Tree Farm Oregon autumn poplar trees yellow orange fall leaves color zoom motion long exposure alien abduction close encounter bright light Pentax K-1 Pentax 24-70mm Sky Matthews Photography

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Every fall, I try to make it to the National Arboretum to see the stand of Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) and their magnificent fall display. Unfortunately, they are late this year and just beginning to turn. I'll try again next week. These trees were grown from seedlings discovered in China in 1942, at a time when the species had been assumed extinct for many years. They are amazing deciduous conifers and I'm lucky to have them so close to where I live!

Tags:   National Arboretum Washington DC Dawn Redwoods Metasequoia glyptostroboides Vertorama Fall Autumn Colors D. Scott McLeod Scott McLeod

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Thunder Jack at night.

Tags:   Welcome to the Shields Thunder Jack Wilsall Montana Gary Kerby Night Sky Stars

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Salmon season is winding down, but the crowds are still out in force. You can see the people lined up in the river below. Happy Sunday!

Tags:   sunday funday Aerial photography aerial drone photography drone drones dji iamdji djiphantom 4 phantom4 fall autumn foliage colorful beautiful fish fishing salmon steelhead life nature 2017 altmar pulaski cny ny


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