Cathedral Grove Abstract

I have something a little different for you today! I made this image at Cathedral Grove, a protected stand of giant douglas fir trees, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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The grove is not quite as spectacular as I remember it being as a kid because there was a huge storm about 15 years ago that took down many of the ancient trees. Afterwards additional trees had to be removed for safety.

I found one spot where there were 3 of the old giants close together and made an image. In post-processing I added the blur effect and then masked it so one of the trees does not have the blur. Then I made additional adjustments to the colour in Nik Colour Efex Pro.

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12 Responses to “Cathedral Grove Abstract”

  1. Russ Bishop says:

    Love this abstract Anne! The light and motion is stunning.
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  2. Kris Koeller says:

    Very cool shot. I like the composition, not overly abstract. Well done!
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  3. Ken Rowland says:

    Really well done. I like your vision here!
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  4. Very good, Anne, I like that!
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  5. John says:

    Cool shot Anne – really liked the processing you decided to use here and I’m not usually very pleased with PP blur – but this came out good.
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    • Hi John, I know what you mean about the PP blur. I find it always does something weird to the edges of the frame. For that reason, I cropped out the edges after the processing to get rid of that bit. Thank you very much for your comments!

  6. Diana says:

    Love this shot Anne, very inspiring !!! Thanks for sharing your technique, will have to give it a shot ;)

    • Hi Diana, thank you so much for the compliment. I have only tried this a couple of times and find it is a bit easier when the object you want to isolate (the unblurred part) has clearly defined edges. It is hard to isolate a tree with little leaves. Good luck and let me know if you try it, I would love to see the result.

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