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  1. Giant Coast Redwoods ~ a Must-See ~ 2015

    Another coast redwood grove near Avenue of the Giants. Plenty of charcoal add to the character of this grove. A moment's walk from parking to this scene.
  2. Giant Coast Redwoods ~ a Must-See ~ 2015

    Bull Creek Flats near the Tall Tree area in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  3. Giant Coast Redwoods ~ a Must-See ~ 2015

    Jedediah Smith park this morning after the evening rain finished.
  4. Giant Coast Redwoods ~ a Must-See ~ 2015

    Recalled this image yesterday, taken in a favorite group of trunks in Stout Grove. This was New Years Day 2014. Sort of a high school senior photo for a local student in the adjacent town. About one year later, a tree fell cluttering this spot with browning foliage and sticks. It's aged enough now that even with some extra debris, it's usable for portraits again.
  5. At least two ways. cross-lighting and the transition between light and shadow can make breasts look even bigger. So in one image where the woman had a pink shirt, I lightened the shadow beneath on her side and darkened the chest that got more sunlight. With the pink dress outfit, I used the liquify tool in photoshop to reduce her bust about 25%. Also darkened the woman in the images to make here a little less outstanding compared to the overall scene. The changes make much more difference in 20 in. x 30 in. or 40 x 60 prints
  6. After one test print, I did a 2nd minor adjustment to reduce bust size, then printed a final version to ship. Similar to another from this image set that's in our dining room, where I did a similar adjustment.
  7. New image headed for print this week. This is cropped slightly. The full 20 in. x 30 in. includes part of a trunk on the right side.
  8. Regarding the Grove of Titans, shown in the last reply, here's the CBS This Morning video or link:
  9. This is the Grove of Titans, mentioned in the news article link in my last reply. This is the old discovery from 1998. The other coast redwood I shared above, a sample, is much larger. There are other coast redwoods, but several people I explore with, asked to keep certain other redwood veiled, and hold the images. But for whatever has been seen, the largest of both species are so massive, the typical viewer would perceive both species equally large, or even seem equally tall.
  10. Barely a peep has come forth in any news articles. You may have seen this photo before if I shared it. But this is one of the "larger trees elsewhere" mentioned in an article related to a Grove of Titans elsewhere. The article link is > Damage to Giant Redwood "Grove of Titans
  11. This may become Part II of the loaded thread > > Coast Redwoods ~ a Must-See Between 2014 and 2018, new discoveries and revelations happened in the coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. Some of it was revealed, but very little has been written, and a lot may never be published. One part unveiled is that one or more new coast redwood champs were found. But whether any of those are larger than General Sherman was not been published. I am 100% certain that General Sherman is not the largest single stem trunk in the world. But that's as far as commentary will go on that, leaving the answer hanging on either of the two species, Sequoiadendron and Sequoia. Hopefully new finds encourage tree enthusiasts in various countries to re-explore forests around them, and maybe find some hidden gems. Since most of my images are coast redwoods, let me star with a giant sequoia. This is General Sherman, taken last October. I hear the place is like zoo mid-day in the summer. But we arrived just after sunset in the autumn. We found the hills and boulders as interesting as the trees. As much as I enjoy coast redwoods, for landscape or parks, I recommend planting Sequoiadendron, and skipping coast redwood almost entirely.
  12. Giant Coast Redwoods ~ a Must-See ~ 2015

    Previous to that photo, we were up higher in that fog in the background and the background was even more mysterious looking Hoping I get another chance this year to try portraits in fog.
  13. Vasectomy...

    Hey ... maybe for others it would be great New Years beginning for another father and sons. Maybe go to see the movie "Darkest Hour" together at noon, then go to the doctor together, late afternoon. I will admit I was nervous going in, but other than that, smooth sailing.
  14. Vasectomy...

    Ha !! When I first started reading your post, I thought you had two sons (adults) and you booked all three of you to get snipped at the same time. Then I kept reading and figured out your first sentence.
  15. Vasectomy...

    Perfect success for me. It's sort of entertaining too. Being awake, and getting to watch a small plume of steam rise from the procedure. ...


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