Dave Ficke  

Ghost Forest by Dave Ficke

July 2024 - Ghost Forest

About the Image(s)

This is a photo from my trip to Yellowstone - I saw this f
orest where a fire had gone through and looked interesting.

This is a 5 shot pano using a Nikon D850, ISI 125 using a 24-70mm lens at 38mm, f11, and 1/320 second. Hand held.

Post stitched images together in LR, cropped, adjusted shadows and some contrast - cut down on whites a bit and some sharpening.

3 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Dave, I can't think of a more appropriate title for this image. It is desolate and lonely. But tells a story. It makes me want to ask questions....like was it a controlled burn, was it caused by a tourist that was careless, or. a lightening strike? So many variables.
I've always had an interest in conservation, and fear that the destruction is most likely unrepairable. That has been brought home over the past 2 months with our weather issues. Our Great Grandchildren will be forced to explore outside Mother Earth, since we have past the point of no return, I think. It would be a great image for conservation groups! thanks for sharing.

May I ask why you did it as a Pano? Was it related to your location and ability to get far enough away? It is a striking photo with a message! Thanks for sharing.

  Posted: 07/12/2024 13:59:50
Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
I just thought a pano does a better job of giving the viewer a button experience in the view. Yes I did thank some individual shots to show a closer view of a few trees, but I thought they lacked the expansive story.   Posted: 07/12/2024 14:51:02

Gary Jones   Gary Jones
On our recent trip to Yellowstone, we also saw a few areas that had been burned and in the recovery phase. I like the image as it shows the destruction of the mature trees and yet the floor of the area is regrowing vegetation. So the image can evoke a sense of hope. I was also wondering about the stitching, were the photos in portrait format to get all of the tree height? I like the image and think you've done a great job of conveying the starkness of the area after a fire, whether human or lightning caused.   Posted: 07/12/2024 15:00:28


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