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Mega grove
« on: February 13, 2023, 01:51:01 pm »

Aspens are a fairly unique species in that a grove forms from a single organism with connected roots. One of the largest examples of this and therefore one of the largest organisms on Earth is this one not far from my home in Gunnison, Colorado. In summer it's a couple of miles of hiking but in winter Ohio Pass is closed to cars so the first couple of miles on the pass needs to be skied or snowmobiled. After that, the next couple of miles into the West Elk Wilderness area need to be skied or snowshoed. I don't own a snowmobile so it was a 7.5 mile ski for me.
I'd been to the very spot before and I took some photos there last year that have been well received. This year I wanted to go back with this specific mission in mind and with my best gear to get something higher res. It was kind of a slog with the bigger kit but my timing worked well and I got some keepers.
This one is probably my favorite of the bunch. I stacked a few images to maximize DOF but otherwise editing was minimal.


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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2023, 02:57:44 pm »

Painterly and pleasing.
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2023, 05:33:58 pm »

In my "near flatter terrain" but still looking,.. for aspens,... or even a similar white birch stand...but something visually similar.

Wonderful,.. the light on those aspens and snow,... remarkable.
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2023, 05:32:43 am »

Beautiful image. The snow makes everything smoother, softer even the light.
Bravo!
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2023, 06:47:03 am »

Outstanding work.

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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2023, 07:04:36 am »

Well seen, Matt.
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2023, 10:11:55 am »

Beautiful! The shadows in particular are entrancing.
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2023, 10:33:34 am »

Nice image.  But I am trying to understand the criss-crossing of the shadows - shouldn't they be in the same direction or is it an optical illusion or they are folds in the snow, not shadows, perhaps.

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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2023, 11:48:09 am »

great image!
; would be even more powerful and abstract without any branches in the frame.
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2023, 01:51:11 pm »

Yes, that's the shot I wish I could have taken...

Excellent!

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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2023, 03:05:55 pm »

Painterly and pleasing.

Thank you!

In my "near flatter terrain" but still looking,.. for aspens,... or even a similar white birch stand...but something visually similar.

Wonderful,.. the light on those aspens and snow,... remarkable.

Thanks! The light worked nicely and this patch is an especially nice one in a sea of aspens. I was glad I could find it again after photographing it last winter. Slightly diffused light here from high clouds but still hard enough to make those shadows.

Beautiful image. The snow makes everything smoother, softer even the light.
Bravo!

Yes, I love the effect of a snowy scene. Makes me happy. :)

Outstanding work.

Thank you Rajan!

Well seen, Matt.

Thanks Bob!

Beautiful! The shadows in particular are entrancing.

Thanks Peter!

Nice image.  But I am trying to understand the criss-crossing of the shadows - shouldn't they be in the same direction or is it an optical illusion or they are folds in the snow, not shadows, perhaps.

:Niranjan.

Thanks! It's the topography here. It's like a series of mounds that make the shadow change direction. All the pieces need to be in place for the best effect including snow quality, time of year, time of day, and light quality. I'm fortunate to have found and now re-located this spot!

great image!
; would be even more powerful and abstract without any branches in the frame.

Thanks!
Yeah this is about as clean as I can get it without a lot of Photoshop or tracking up that snow. Maybe I can tidy it up over the summer sometime for s future shot.

Yes, that's the shot I wish I could have taken...

Excellent!

Dave

Thanks Dave!
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2023, 01:04:45 pm »

stunning photo.  the aspens in the snow are magical enough, but the patterns made by the shadows take it another step up.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2023, 05:38:53 pm »

Great shot!
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2023, 12:44:55 am »

stunning photo.  the aspens in the snow are magical enough, but the patterns made by the shadows take it another step up.

Great shot!

Thank you both!
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2023, 03:49:20 am »

Well done.

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« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2023, 11:53:46 am »

Great image. 

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« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2023, 08:32:17 pm »

Mesmerizing!
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2023, 09:14:03 pm »

Glad you got back out there and gave it another shot, so to speak. As others have said, the result is outstanding.
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Re: Mega grove
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2023, 01:49:48 pm »

Glad you got back out there and gave it another shot, so to speak. As others have said, the result is outstanding.

Thanks Arlen! I'm glad too. :)
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