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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    • says

      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!

    • says

      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.

  1. Lesley Maceira says

    I love your work, it really stands head and shoulders above others for me. My son just bought me a Nikon D7000 for my birthday as I have always wanted to take lovely photographs, now I need to learn how to use it. I shall look at your images for inspiration x

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