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Atlantic Rainforest by NicolasAlexanderOtto Atlantic Rainforest by NicolasAlexanderOtto
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_______Tech Info
   Pentax K5
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/4
   Shutter Speed: 1/3s
   ISO-Value: 200
   Focal Length: 10mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 11:46am

_____Random Info
   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!

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Lush green leaves opening to the watcher as if they were offering the vivid life of the place and behind them tree trunks reaching for the sky like bony fingers... This one does capture something of the feeling of a rainforest, dampness, shadows, light and colorfulness.

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.
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synth3sizer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Wow, what is that plant with those huge leaves....
I think there is some ancient fern-type plant also in the bush  Sherlock Holmes  which is called saniainen in Finnish :)
Portugal is one of those places I'd like to visit.. was it like a vast jungle-type forest?
nice pics u have..


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. 

Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
TobiasRichter Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Sehr schön! Da muss ich auch noch mal im Regen hin.
Ich würd da auch gerne noch mal hin, aber ich kann nicht 3 Jahre hintereinander nach Portugal. Nächstes Jahr mal was anderes glaub ich. :D
SvenMueller Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
WHAT!? :O :D
SvenMueller Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Schließe dich dem Meister an und wage die Reise nach Patagonien. ;)
Wenn der Meister mir das Geld dafür gibt gerne! :D
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