Another early morning and a brisk 30-minute walk is pretty much the story behind these shots. I set out well before sunrise, in the opposite direction of the lake from a couple of posts back, towards a spot that I had scouted the day before. It turned out that I got there way too early though, so I sat down to wait. The forest around dawn is a pretty awesome place, you can hear every little sound and everything is so still.
It turned out that the spot I had such hopes in wouldn’t get any decent light for a few hours, so I gave up on that (with a mental note to return at a later time on another day) and started walking around a bit. I was mostly looking at the light, trying to find places where it reached through the trees to give me some nice shots. The best light is probably in the top shot, it’s just a shame that the scene is a bit busy. The above shot is my wife’s favourite. It’s difficult to see on a small picture on the web (full size of all photos can be found on my flickr), but the brightness you see beyond the trees is the sun hitting steam that’s rising from the moss as it gets warm after the cold and wet night. A photo doesn’t really do it justice.
I walked to where the steam was coming from and got the above shot there. Again, my photo doesn’t do it justice – the steam was moving constantly and the light was playing around in it. Setting up the tripod was a bit tricky since I was basically standing in marshland at this point. It was a good thing I had boots.
There isn’t all that much else that I can say about these photos, so I’ll let a couple more speak for themselves. I would have liked to get a wider view but the land is pretty flat, so I had to stick to shots in the forest, as opposed to shots of the forest. I would also like to go back and try to shoot the early morning fog, before the sun rises – I think that could be very nice and moody.
The people who found my previous post of interest might also be interested to know that most of these shots used the ‘Fuji Velvia 100F Balance Warm’ preset from VSCO Film 04 as a base. They’ve been edited further in addition to that though, in particular I’ve lifted the shadows and taken down the highlights a bit.
That’s all for today.