Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In the Shadow of the Giants

Giant Sequoia and Lodgepole, Nelder Grove, Sierra National Forest

3.2 sec at f/22, focal length: 200mm, ISO 100 - October 13, 2008, 8:26am PDT
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod mounted

I haven't been out to photograph, except for just around the house, since my trip to Montana de Oro and have been getting restless to say the least. After watching Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides I was feeling very inspired and decided that I'd finally just get up early the next morning and go. And I did.

Close by is the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias. It's a short, very easy hike with lots of Lodgepole, Dogwood, Cedar, and of Course Giant Sequoias. I spent two and a half hours out there getting re-acquainted with nature and rejuvenating my spirit. It was a visual candy store and I had to force myself to slow down and work a composition to its fullest before moving on.

I'll be posting images for the next few days (2 in each post) from this session so be sure to check back to see the results. I'm excited about these images and I hope that you are too!

Another image after the jump and some added inspiration.

Giant Sequoia and Lodgepole Pines, Nelder Grove, Sierra National Forest

5 sec at f/22, focal length: 98mm, ISO 200 - October 13, 2008, 7:44am PDT
Photographed with Canon EOS 20D, EF 70-200mm f/4L, tripod mounted

Andy Goldsworthy's "Rivers and Tides"

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist that works purely with what he finds in nature and it is truly mind blowing stuff. I encourage everyone to look into his work. I was able to rent "Rivers and Tides" from netflix. He also photographs his work and sells books. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Hi John,
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration. I've watched the available clips on youtube. Truly amazing work!
    I wonder if you've seen Georges Rousse's work in Durhamproject http://www.rousseprojectdurham.com/
    The finished work looks like it could have been done in PS in half an hour. Only when one knows the process of creation behind it, one can fully appreciate the enormous effort of many behind it.