New on 500px : The Strange by alexnoriega by alexnoriega

*WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT* Join Alex Mody and I for an awesome four days in Olympic National Park, this September 25-28. We will photograph rugged seascapes, autumn in the rainforest, waterfalls, and if weather permits, autumn alpine scenes up on Hurricane Ridge. For more information or to register, click HERE.

This one NEEDS to be viewed on black, not due to darkness, but to eliminate distractions since it’s fairly complex.

This image is from the Hoh Rainforest a few weeks ago. Since I went about a month earlier this year than last, my images were completely different. Didn’t really shoot any dramatic, striking stuff in the forest like last year, but rather more intimate scenes like this, which I don’t expect to be as popular over here on 500px.

These spring vine maple leaves, and the way they seemed to glow against their less-saturated surroundings, commanded most of my attention. Their prominence made it even harder to simplify an already complex subject such as the rainforest, but I liked how they looked as though they were an explosion of green frozen in motion. I would also typically seek to exclude elements like the dead ferns below, but I thought the springing of new life here worked well as a contrast. I shot this with dappled light as well, but soft light ended up working best, because direct light added unnecessary complexity to the scene.

Three exposures for depth of field here. I was able to use very long exposures at ISO 50, due to the perfectly still nature of this morning, and the inherently low dynamic range of the scene.

If you like the way my images look, you may also be interested in the fact that I teach my processing workflow over Skype! More information here.

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