Richard Story  


dancing under the stars by Richard Story

August 2020 - dancing under the stars

About the Image(s)

CANON 5D MK IV
ROKINON 14MM
F/2.8
ISO 1600
25 SEC
THIS WAS TAKEN ON BIG PINE KEY, FL.THIS OLD MANGROVE TREE GOT MY ATTENTION AS I WAS WALKING THE AREA WITH SEVERAL FRIENDS THAT I TOOK WITH ME. WE WERE LIGHT PAINTING SEVERAL DIFFERENT TREES WHEN I WALKED AWAY FROM THE GROUP AND FOUND THIS ONE, FIRST IT REMINDED ME OF A FLAMENCO DANCER, SO I LITE IT UP WITH JUST A SPLASH FROM MY MAG-LITE.IT TOOK MANY TRIES TILL I GOT JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF LIGHT, AND WAITING FOR BREAKS IN LOW CLOUDS IN THE BACKGROUND. ALL IN A NIGHTS WORK.


6 comments posted

Bernie Groome   Bernie Groome
Wow! I really see the Flamenco dancer. Very impressive. When I first saw the image I couldn't imagine how you shot it. How did you get the colors in the roots? And how did you get a stable footing for your tripod?   Posted: 08/01/2020 15:56:39
Richard Story   Richard Story
WELL THANKS, THE COLORS ARE THE NATURAL COLORS CAUSED WHET ROOTS ARE COVERED WITH MOSS AND ALGAE, THE WATER IN THE SHALLOW ATLANTIC OCEAN HAS GREENISH COLOR. THE TRIPOD AND I WERE IN ABOUT 6 OR 8 INCHES OF WATER AND I JUST BARED DOWN ON TRIPOD LEGS TO SECURE THEM, AND THE WAVES WERE NON-EXISTENT.   Posted: 08/01/2020 17:47:12

Emmy Denton
Very surreal photo. What mood were you going for?
There is beautiful detail in the tree water and the Milky Way. It seems like a moonlit night. I wonder how it would look if the foreground was a little darker? Maybe it would add to a mysterious mood if that's what you are going after. I would try to darken some of the tree roots there is one in particular that is very bright and very distracting. Very wonderful.   Posted: 08/01/2020 16:51:46
Richard Story   Richard Story
TRIED DARKENING THE ROOTS, BUT DOESN'T WORK FOR ME, I AGREE THE ONE ROOT IS BRIGHT.   Posted: 08/01/2020 19:24:23

Damon Williams   Damon Williams
This is a helluva shot Richard. I didn't know we had a ringer in our group. ;) I originally thought that the tree needed more light, but that's not true. It looks great, and I love the angle you shot it from. I only have one picky, insignificant thought about how it could be improved, which would be to separate the tree from the Milky Way by moving to the left about 2'. The tree just has the faintest tendency to merge with the galaxy. But, like I said, this image is so strong it probably doesn't matter. Great job.   Posted: 08/01/2020 20:48:11

Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
Beautiful colors, grace, Milky Way. I'm guessing this was light painted making the front of tree and roots bright. I always have a hard time getting the amount of light just right. I like the sense of mystery and magic and the roots really add to that. I find the branches in the back being so much darker than the front almost gives a bit of a blurred look which draws my eye right there. But the image as a whole is so glorious that my eyes then travels around the whole frame   Posted: 08/02/2020 19:40:12

 

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