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Old Growth Maple - Merrill Creek

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 10 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

In the woods around Pennsylvania and New Jersey, old growth trees of all kinds seem to be surviving relatively well, despite the ever-growing human population and other mostly "human -caused" challenges. This giant maple (located in the woods at Merrill Crek Reservoir in western New Jersey) was one of the largest I had seen that day. In fact it's one of the largest I believe I have ever seen anywhere! After working on the image at home, I decided to try and duplicate what an original photo of this tree MIGHT look like if it were captured perhaps 100 years ago. Most times I feel as though I have been around that long anyway so why not make it fit! I hope you enjoy.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 400 18 mm

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Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Gorgeous shot in this sepia tone! The view up in this angle is amazing. Really gives you the sense of the scale. I love the soft vignette and the beautiful play of light.

10 Aug 2010 6:02am

@Bettina: Hi Bettinia - Thank you very much for that - I had fun with this one to be sure and I am glad that folks seem to be liking it. I love your post for today!

Cruz from exurbia, United States

Pure majesty! The perspective is great and the color is even better!

10 Aug 2010 6:13am

@Cruz: Hi Cruz - Thanks very much - I appreciate it :-)

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Excellent work here and it really does look like a hundred
year old masterpiece.

10 Aug 2010 8:41am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Hi Phil - Thanks very much. I feel as old as the tree today..... BTW did I get your name right today ? As Fats Waller used to say "One never knows, do one?" Have a great day Phil and, as always, I love your image for today as well!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow ! Your POV is great, it makes the tree even taller ! Nice work Denny. I wish you a wonderful day :)

10 Aug 2010 9:35am

@Tamara: Hi Tamara - SThank you very much for your remark - yes the tree looks pretty tall - and it was too :-).....Speaking of POV, see my note on your post - a cool job there Tamara!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

love it - I love your perspective and I love the processing, works extremely well

10 Aug 2010 10:05am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Hi Sharon - Congratulations on your 500th Photo and thank you very much for the comment. I had great fuin with this one - very pleased with the "height" aspect that came out pretty neat Thanks again!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like the perspective here, Denny. Interesting sepia toning too.

10 Aug 2010 10:17am

@Julie Brown: Hi Julie and thanks again - I really had fun with the camera and pov on this one and then decided to do the sepia at home. Thank goodness for lcd' so one can review their shot in the field . I am upset about your monument flowers though...are you SURE it will be 20 years minimum before they bloom again ? :-) Thanks Julie !

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super pp treatment on this shot Denny! Old growth trees are a wonderous sight! Well done! ;-)

10 Aug 2010 12:06pm

@Eric Cousineau: Hi Eric - Yes they are. I love trees - especially the old ones - I can identify with them! Thank you very much for your comment :-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful POV. Fine tones.

10 Aug 2010 3:32pm

@john4jack: Thanks Jack - I wasn't used to seeing trees this big back here but there are some . Take care - I hope you are doing ok :-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love it - super processing Denny.

10 Aug 2010 4:42pm

@Nigel: Hi Nigel - Thank you very much. This was a beautiful tree to be around. Thanks for your comment - Denny

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

what the view from there..so cool

10 Aug 2010 6:07pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

What a tree! I love your perspective- really gives me that feeling of being completely dwarfed by the forest! Beautiful toning, too!

10 Aug 2010 6:27pm

@Tracy: Hi Tracy - Thank you very much. It wqs/and is a gorgeous straight and tall Maple - I can't wait to go back and visit these guys in the autumn!

k@ from Paris, France

We feel so happily tiny under Mother Nature greatness. Superb light under this giant angle.

10 Aug 2010 6:50pm

@k@: Hi K@ - Thanks so much - I was enjoying the light as it shined down - unfortunately no beams or shaftys, though...just wasn't that kind of day - Thanks again!

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Seriously tall and majestic!

10 Aug 2010 6:56pm

@Dutçh: Hi Dutch - Thank you very much, I appreciate it! - Denny

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An eye-catching perspective of these maple trees with nice detail on the bark of the trees.

10 Aug 2010 9:49pm

@Steven: Hi Steven - Thanks very much . I do appreciate it.

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

A very interesting point of view, Denny. It makes me think of a kind of natural cathedral, with the large and tall trunks sustaining the dome... In my modest opinion, the processing of the image is absolutely appropriate, as usual.

10 Aug 2010 10:15pm

@oriol: Hi Oriol - Thank you for the very kind comment.

Becky from los angeles, United States

This is so relaxing - I'm sitting here trying to work on a script - with the song Lady of the Island - playing by Crosby Nash and Young - when I flipped over to take a look at your photo - and here I sit - looking at it.
It's just beautiful. I love the tones - and I feel I could fly up that tree -

11 Aug 2010 1:55am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Great POV and processing Denny.

11 Aug 2010 4:24am

@Bill Brown: Hi Bill - Thanks very much - Have a good one :-0

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice PoV. I like the processing, too

11 Aug 2010 4:33am

@Calusarus: Hi and thank you very much - I do appreciate it.

Susan from Sausalito, United States

This remind me of the giant redwood trees (which seem like gods). I had no idea a maple could grow so majestic.....just wonderful.

11 Aug 2010 4:41am

@Susan: Hi Susan - Yes that's what I kept thinking about was Prairie Creek Redwoods or Muir Woods...but yes these Maples are huge depending on the variety. I have seen some in Washington State that are not as tall, maybe, but "fatter". ..Thanks very much for your comment :-)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like this perspective looking right up into the sky and the leaves on the tree! Great shot and a very large Maple as you said!

11 Aug 2010 4:56am

@Scott F. Schilling: HI Scott! Thank you very much. I had fun doing this pov - my knees complained but such is life! Thanks again - Denny

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful POV and treatment. I also thought of the redwoods.

11 Aug 2010 1:24pm

@B. Thomas: Hi Barbara - Sorry this jhas been a crazy day - thank you very much for checking this out and commenting! Cheers

pixator from kerman, Iran

WOW!
Great angle !!
Interesting color !

11 Aug 2010 6:43pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Love this view, and I really appreciate your coloring effect. Great shot.

11 Aug 2010 11:17pm

@LauraS: Hi Laura - Sorry I missed this - I hope you see my response..Thank you very much for checking out the old Maple....all the best - Denny

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I love this image with its vintage feel. That is a wonderful tree.

12 Aug 2010 4:50pm

@Steve Rice: Hi Steve and thank you very much. There were several huge trees like this all around...patriarchs for sure. Thank you for your comment - Love your photos you have been posting!

Julie from Easton, United States

That certainly is a huge tree, and so well captured! Love the color processing also, it does fit the shot quite well!

16 Aug 2010 4:26am

OLYMPUS E-510
1/60 second
F/4.0
ISO 400
18 mm

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