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Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
Shutter Speed: 1/3s
Focal Length: 10mm
Filters: Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
One of my first hyperfocus images. I never had a scenario where I thought the image would really benefit from the extra effort of blending different focal areas but in this case it worked out quite well. I used three images here one for the imminent foreground, midground or let's say the leaves more in the back which are actually still foreground I guess and one for the trees in the background all blended manually.
I must say that SvenMueller and I actually didn't really plan to go to the rain forests of Sintra, mainly because Sven wasn't really found of the idea no matter how hard I tried to convince him, but after the sunrise was miserable and the weather wasn't showing any signs of getting better he decided we should take a detour before heading back to Cabo da Roca for sunset. I actually would've loved to explore the rain forest longer and to be honest I can't really remember why we didn't but this is one of few images I ended up with. If I get to return to Portugal for a third time I'll try to catch some other compositions although I am already really content with this one!
There's clear division to foreground and background, with the three trees in the middle, giving it a fairly balanced composition, both in terms of color and content. Thought the green bottom part is a bit heavy, and to balance that having some more lighter (in terms of weight, not lumonocity) background wouldn't hurt. As the aspect ratio is fine, tilting the camera up rather than cropping would be the way to go.
The eye follows the sharp green line to the trees and up towards the sky, then the intense green foreground sucks it back. Very nice. Hyperfocus works well on this one.
Framing is fine. Black might prove an interesting alternative in a print.
It's actually a fairly small area about about maybe 20-30km² and the vegetation changes each kilometer with different types of plants. But most of it looks very spooky and rainforesty. I guess you can spend 2-3 days there exploring the area but not much longer before you may not find anthing new. We spent only an afternoon there but I had the feeling another visit couldn't hurt.
So if you're travelling to Portugal and want something aside coastal shots I highly recommend planning a day or two to visit the area.