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Up the Aspen


Up the Aspen
Copyright ©2004, Rian Houston
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Taken on a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was looking for a tree with more color, but couldn't pass up this tall, straight Aspen. With a polarizer.

Photographer: Rian Houston
Folder: Rian Houston
Uploaded: 19-Oct-2004 01:35 CEST
Current Rating: 7.75/4
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Camera: Olympus C5060
Exposure time: 1/200s
Aperture: f4.0
Focal length: 5.7mm
Focusing method:
ISO: 80
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Adjusted contrast and sharpened slightly using photoshop elements.
Image resized to: 800x600

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This just a wonderful image.

Dale Gangloff at 23:04 CEST on 19-Oct-2004 [Reply]

A Really Nice Shot.

Hi Rian. I like this one very much and I was thinking for a long time when judging the contest entries how you did. A polarizer certainly makes sense. You did this very well!

Cheers, Jens.

(I have tried to take this kind of pictures as well but always ended up with either over exposed sky or under exposed trunks. It never occurred to me to try a polarizer though...)

Jens Birch at 23:08 CEST on 19-Oct-2004 [Reply]

A Really Nice Shot.

Thank you very much Jens. Means a lot considering your amazing talent...

I took several shots of the tree with/without polarizer at different settings and this one turned out the best.

Rian Houston at 03:47 CEST on 20-Oct-2004 [Reply]


Nice shot but out of focus:)

Peter Pollack at 00:12 CEST on 25-Oct-2004 [Reply]


Nice shot with very pleasing colours. Just a point but I'd like to see this with the tree trunk coming out the LH corner so it's on a diagonal. This, in my opinion would give a more dynamic composition.

Dave Bennett at 20:55 CET on 31-Jan-2005 [Reply]


Great idea Dave!. I hadn't thought of shooting diagonal. I will havet to keep that in mind next time I'm in an Aspen forest. Thanks! Rian

Rian Houston at 22:52 CET on 04-Feb-2005 [Reply]