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Photographer's Note

Have you ever envisioned a scene when it was far more than just the light focused on your retina? You may have been enveloped to the point it would be hard to distinguish between reality and your own perception of reality; not wanting to ask yourself to take a reality check for fear disolusion of the moment.

The perspective I had on the morning I photographed this image was for more moving than just the light hitting the CCD in my camera. The surrounding beauty, the sounds of wildlife, the smell of freshly fallen leaves, the clear air, and the bright sunshine with yellow and red everywhere. The sound of air rustling the remaining leaves on the trees. The full sense of the natural scene.

I feel the art of photography trancends all of the above, and when it is turned into the art of communication, the viewer needs more than the raw bits of information to understand why the photographer chose to set up his tripod, examine the light and exposure, keenly looking at the scene to develop rhythm and form in his rectangular window to the world.

In this case I felt this morning, in the aspen forests of northern Utah, was one of those rare times where I was standing in a surreal place that was beyond beauty; divine in its creation.

I chose to render this image quite differently from the data gathered by my camera. I captured the image with the lowest contrast setting on the D70. After a small crop, I continued to reduce the contrast, adding brilliance to the mid values, and shifting the black point to mid scale. Since lightenting the image desaturated the image, I again added more saturation to give a natural color effect.

When shooting I chose a lens that would be a little longer than normal to provide compressed perspective to help acheive the level of abstraction on reality for which I was looking (and feeling). I also chose to stop the lens down to minimum aperature at f16 to try and increase edge defraction on the diaphragm, hopefully softening the edges slightly.

I wished to convey the dreamlike sense of reality. If I had a talent to paint, I would have chosen the style of John Singer Sargent.

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