Tower of Decay

This is one of the takeaway images from a trail walk I took a few weekends ago. Spending a few minutes exploring off the main trail along the river banks I found several tree stumps that had obviously been decaying for quite some time and had began to take on some interesting characteristics. The recent rainfall not only made the mosses a vibrant green but saturated the porous and decaying wood turning it very dark. I wanted to shoot from a low angle to give the illusion of a towering structure when in fact this one was less than 2 feet tall. The longer exposure was intentional and an attempt to blur any moving objects in addition to the bokeh provided by the f/5 aperture.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens

Settings: ISO100, 18mm, f/5, 3.2 seconds

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  1. Jim Nix February 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM #

    that is awesome Curt, what a great shot!! I love stuff like this!
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  2. Phillip burrow February 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM #

    Beautiful image Curt. You really nail the POV . I love to shoot low to the ground it gives the viewer a different perspective.

  3. Eden February 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM #

    Really like that green moss Curt :)

  4. Adam Allegro February 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM #

    Your title basically coveres it. What a wonderful photo. Well done.
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  5. Chris Frailey February 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM #

    I agree with the others on the pov, nice choice for this image.
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  6. Mark Summerfield February 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM #

    The low POV works perfectly here. There is absolutely nothing to provide a sense of scale so this tree stump couple be many feet tall or the actual two feet that you quote. The fallen leaves seem to be pointing into the image as well providing a subtle lead-in line.
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  7. Edith Levy February 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM #

    Great choice on the low angle perspective. Love all the details as well. great job.
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  8. Chris Nitz February 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM #

    Do like!
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  9. Jimi Jones February 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM #

    Great shot, Curt. I really like the focusing on this image. There is always something nice to find when we get off the beaten path. ;-)
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  10. Adam Olson February 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM #

    Awesome capture Curt! The details are stunning! Well done.
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