Sunday, October 7, 2012

Coast Redwod - amazing photo | bonsai

- a great reference shot! i'd been looking for a good profile of a coast redwood since i have been training one as a bonsai, and this one is absolutely incredible - a nearly impossible shot to get since these trees are so huge, and since they are in the forest(!) you can't just back up to get a shot like this! - - 
"It involved three cameras, a team of scientists, a robotic dolly, a gyroscope, an 83-photo composite and a lot of patience." more about this photo below, including video

i'm training a bonsai redwood - it will start to look like something in another 3 to 5 years; and then another 10! ...and then another 50!

longer branches will be removed or trimmed eventually (now at this age it still needs this leggy vegetation, so it doesn't look so great). it will begin to take shape later, with more short branches and less overall width.

via Redwood Coast "Glad you like. It's too big for FB. Here's a larger image:"
This Redwood National Park giant was on the cover and in an 8-page centerfold of National Geographic in October 2009.

Biggest, Tallest Tree Photo Ever

National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols is one of the world's foremost wildlife photographers. But he recently said that he'd happily spend the rest of his life photographing trees. Of course, the folks over at National Geographic would almost certainly never hear of it. Nichols' newfound love developed after a serious, yearlong relationship with redwoods.
National Geographic sent Nichols to spend an entire year in California's redwood forest. His mission was to capture the majesty of some of the tallest trees on Earth, some of which date back before Christ. And if you've ever photographed in a forest, you'll understand the challenge this presented. There's no capturing the awe one feels before these monoliths that measure, in some cases, upward of 300 feet.
In a recent lecture at National Geographic in Washington, D.C., Nichols described his frustrations. Eventually, though, he devised a way to do redwoods justice. It involved three cameras, a team of scientists, a robotic dolly, a gyroscope, an 83-photo composite and a lot of patience. (And, OK, maybe it's not the Biggest, Tallest Tree Photo Ever — but it's the biggest one I've ever seen.) Here's how they did it:

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Photographer Nick Nichols spent a year planning the nearly impossible: a top-to-bottom photograph of a 300-foot-tall redwood tree, now the centerpiece of the October issue of National Geographic Magazine.
Watch Nick in "Explorer: Climbing Redwood Giants" on the National Geographic Channel

The photograph appears as a huge foldout in the the October issue of National Geographic magazine, which hits newsstands today and is definitely worth reading. The magazine, with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Save The Redwoods League, also sent explorer-in-residence Mike Fay on a transect from the southernmost redwood in Big Sur to the northernmost tree near Oregon's Chetco River. It took him and his hiking partner, Lindsey Holm, more than a year of non-stop hiking to complete the trek of more than 2,000 miles. It also took three pairs of shoes.

Redwoods have been heavily forested over the past few decades and are only just now beginning to replenish in numbers. With the enormous collection of data compiled by Fay and other conservationists, we now know more than ever about this thin stretch of ancient forest along the California coast. To learn more, check out the extensive coverage on

Biggest, Tallest Tree Photo Ever : The Picture Show : NPR

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