Michael Weatherford  

Forest Canopy by Michael Weatherford

January 2022 - Forest Canopy

January 2022 - Michael Weatherford


About the Image(s)

This photo was shot on Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia. Cumberland Island is the southernmost and largest of Georgia's barrier islands, and 90% government protected. It's accessible only by ferry. Wonderful place. Dense stands of live oak grow up to the edge of the dunes. The salt spray inhibits and shapes the tree crown growth to the extent that they actually slant away from the ocean. Over time the cumulative effect is a tree canopy of intricate design. Viewed from below the dense canopy of twisted branches, along with the understory of saw palmetto creates a magical environment. I tried to capture the magic using a Nikon Z7II with Nikkor Z24-70mm f2.8 S lens. Hand held. 1/30 sec; 24mm; f8.0; ISO 1000. RAW file with in-camera processing set to "flat". Processed in Lightroom using Adobe Color setting. No cropping. Highlights reduced and shadows lightened. Clarity increased. Sharpened. Slight vignette. I've included the original for comparison.

6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Wonderful shot. It is truly the "tulgey wood."   Posted: 01/06/2022 16:24:35

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I wonder what lurks in these woods? You captured of sense of an eerie and forbidding forest. The dark twisted trees are a great barrier. I think I would leave this alone unless you want to darken the trees (blacks) just a bit. Nice capture.
  Posted: 01/07/2022 14:26:38

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Hi Michael: That is a weirdly unique location that I would not want to wander through at night. I might try to see what darkening the sky might do. If that doesn't add to the tone of the image, I would leave it alone. Congratulations on finding and photographing an out-of-the-ordinary site.   Posted: 01/07/2022 17:51:12

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
This is a great shot that was intriguing and made me want to visually wander through the confines of the tree canopy. The ferns seem to shoot out visual energy through their spikey leaves all the while the gnarly tree branches above contain that energy. Did you take this at sunrise? I can see pinks in the sky. As Bud mentioned you might try to bring that color out a little more. A wonderful image.
  Posted: 01/10/2022 07:23:33

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny

Michael,wonderful image. I have been lucky enough to have explored that beautiful place a time or two. It is definitely an entriging place. I love the Maritime forest of the barrier Island and this on is one of the best. Cumberland has so meny thing for the photographer that I could spend a week or two with out a problem. You have captured the essence of the forest just as I remmber it. I have not done the northern section of the island so that's a great excuse to go back. Wild horses, burned out Dungeness Mansion, forest,beaches, beautiful sand dunes. I don't see anything that needs to change. I will say I like the orginal as well as the post production image. Wonderful!!
  Posted: 01/10/2022 14:06:54

David Kepley   David Kepley
Michael, what a cool place to explore and photograph! It reminds me a little of the live oaks lining the entrance roads to one of those old plantations in Charleston, SC. I love how you have captured the sense of mystery here. I want to go down that opening with my eyes. You might consider darkening the palm plants and the area where your eye is led, but otherwise, looks great!   Posted: 01/12/2022 10:42:22


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