GIANT SEQUOIA. From ground level, the only way to view the Giant Sequoia is straight up. It is difficult to show the scale of the world's largest tree in a photograph. Some Giant Sequoia are over 200 feet high and over 3000 years old.
I used a wide angle lens and got very close to capture the detail of this blackened scar in the middle of this Giant Sequoia. When the sun was shining directly on this tree you could really see the damage from a lightning strike. These trees can get hit by lightning but are still able to survive because of their resistance to fire.
This photograph was shot with a 4x5 view camera with 90mm lens on color transparency film. The advantage of shooting with a 4x5 view camera is that the lens can be tilted to get better depth of field to make sure everything is in sharp focus. I scanned the film and used Adobe Photoshop to adjust the final image.
Here is a link to a web page from San Francisco State University that has an old photo of the same tree from a different angle as well as other interesting information about the Giant Sequoia.
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