Where Did I Leave Off… Ah Yes, Bristlecone Pines
The Bristlecone Pines are such magnificent lives living truly on the edge of the planet. We went to the Patriarch Grove at 11,361 feet in altitude and literally to the top of the White Mountains. It is a simply gorgeous place that takes your breath away, literally!
There are many, many, many ways to work the pines, I went with the most difficult and that was to walk up the hill and find where the sun, as it would set, paint the foreground with shadow while the pines themselves would be in the last rays. Why is this the most difficult? First, you had to walk up hill when you’re already at altitude. The other, you’re chasing a really quickly fading light. Just to add to the fun, I shot with the 16Fish to take it all in. Laying down worked to slow down the heart and dramatize the angle of the pine with the Fisheye.
This was a bitch of a photo to capture. Why? There was no place to lay down let alone be a sturdy camera platform, let alone get out of my own way. Shooting with the Fish, I had knees, elbows and other body parts I had to keep extracting out of the frame. I’m just glad no one photographed the yoga position I was in to make the final capture.
After the sun went off the slope I chased the detail shots. What you can’t tell here is that I pulled sharpness throughout the images using the Tilt feature of the 85PC-E. It was a new challenge for me to pull total focus on these curving, sensuous, golden, natural sculptures. It required from 4 to 9 degrees of tilt to make the image, but all were shot at f/8 so I was pleased with myself to make it work. It did require a bit of chimping to check critical focus from corner to corner but the lenses delivered. The drive down and the Alpine Glow was fantastic as well. Simply put, it was an amazing day with a killer finish!
Photos captured by D3x, 16Fish / 85PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film