Fallen Tree in Shiratani Unsuikyo

Changed posts format – do you like it?

As you have maybe noticed I recently changed format of my posts a little bit. Apart from a single sentence or two about the image I now try to share the story behind the photo and provide some details about the location in which it was taken. Additionally I try to share more information about post-processing and difficulties I faced when making particular image.

The question is: do you like this additional info? Do you find it useful or maybe it is completely boring to you? Maybe you would like to read something else? I would be really grateful for your thoughts as they can help me further improve this blog.

Photo: Fallen Tree in Shiratani Unsuikyo

I came across this giant fallen tree just before I exited Shiratani Unsuikyo forest on Yakushima island. It was laying in such a way that it was leading the eye to the bright light in the background. Also it was partially covered in lush green moss what in my opinion makes it even more interesting.

Fallen Tree

Camera and post-processing info

Editing this photo was quite simple. First in Adobe Lightroom I applied some basic adjustments (lens correction and chromatic aberration reduction) and then I loaded all 5 bracketed frames into Photoshop, blended in highlights in the background from the -1.0 and -2.0 EV images, and restored some deep shadows (like just below the fallen tree itself) from +1.0 and +2.0 EV photos.

Then I increased midtones contrast a little bit and used ON1 Effects plug-in to increase clarity as well as to add some vignette.

And finally here’s EXIF info for this image:

Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure time: 4 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: manual blending with luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern, Capture One 9, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5, Nik Color Efex Pro 4

2017-01-17T19:42:26+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Posted in: Japan|
  • Garthgoyle

    The answer to your question, yes. It does help to know how you came to this image and a little story behind it. I don’t know others but to me, it helps me understand how you came up with the composition. I also think that a little story accompanying the image makes it a bit more interesting than what it already is (as the image is already fascinating).

  • Wojciech Toman

    Great, I’m glad to here that. I got similar comments to yours on Facebook so I will definitely continue to share such info in the future.