Aspen Gold

by Forrester Curtis

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Gallery: Images

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Category: Nature

Published: Saturday 25th of October 2003 09:13:22 PM


Robert Semnic
5/7 What a pity for the shadow(?) at the left down corner, otherwise 7

Igor Laptev
Beautiful image!

Dougity B
Well. Now that this is loaded I don't see any reason to load any of my autumn shots, which would pale in comparison. Terrific use of the lens here, and a very novel way of showing the two extremes of treehood, from fallen leaves on the ground to sky scrapers up in the canopy. Beautiful color and design.

Daniel Goh
This shot is amazing. A really great idea.

Alan Chan
Unbelievable shot with such a simple tool. Well done indeed !

David Bellmore
I love the perspective and the colors. Look at that blue sky!

K. Adams
Nice image. I live in the San Luis Valley and appreciate another view of the trees here. I'd have liked to have seen some of the detail in the foreground leaves. Is that a function of the filter used?

Very unusual shot Nice! Tell more about the lens and your technique.

Barry Needle
Exquisite!! Barry Needle.

Jaka Stucin
It reminds me very much of Daniel Bayer's Aspen leaves.

rashed benali
Warm I think when the picture is colorful it becomes attractive to the eyes of many people, you can count me in !

Leonid Strizhevskiy
Great view, great imagination. Leonid

Zacarias Mata

Martin Paul
This is an outstanding photograph. Very well done!

Bert Armijo
I love the exageration of height from the persepective and the curvature. Very well done!

Del Gray
Curtis, did you screw on an adapter lens to the front of your Nikon? If so, which one gave you this much of a wide angle? Or did you do this in Photoshop? Just curious. I like the creativity of this image. The dark corner doesn't really bother me much, but after moving up to the convergence point at the top, my eye does keep coming down and stopping at the gnarled brown patch on the bottom of the central tree trunk. Otherwise the composition is really interesting.

K. S. Lovington
I don't think the hip-hop, beat-down style works with this subject matter. Little too radical for my taste. Here's to you for trying something new, though.

Bill Plato
Sharp! Very sharp and colorful....has a three dimentional quality to it.

Mary Ball
Very interesting approach! Super color and great detail. Nice to see something original in fall foliage shots. Great.

Aldo Ellul
Fish - eye ??? First of all this shot is great. It seems it was shot with a fish - eye lens, maybe you can tell us more.

Dave K
Very Cool!!!

Ivan Colman
Simply a waaaaaaaaw

Rajeev Thomas
Absolutely beautiful...we are talking about visionful photography!!

Steve Marcus
very colorful image! but I'm not as enthralled as others by the high degree of distortion in the image

Felix Diaz

Paul Traeder
Great Image. I really like the perspective.

roger michel
FISH's eye fishy

Vlad P.
Fall Killer Amazing composition. I like it from the very beginning. Maybe I appreciated it not well enough though. It got stuck in my mind and I returned to see it again. The image is so unusual, you've used wide angle so smart. Highly original composition. Colors/contrast/saturation are also excellent. I'm not crazy about some vignetting or shadow(?) in left lower corner or about soft upper border. As for Daniel's shot on the same subject it is also amazing, but different both in composition and in terms of format (landscape). Great job, Curtis.

David Rabinowitz
great shot. Looks very surreal.

David Katz
better I even like this image better than the other shot - the trees all seem to reach to a common point, very attractive, also the shadow over the bottom creates a pleasent effect

Kent Anderson
Made us look ! Fun picture.

Hilmi Ozcelik

Baldur Birgis
Congrats! Great angle of view and great colors. Excellent work!

tiff thomas
damn brilliant photo, anything fisheye is rad, well done man do some more fisheye stuff!

Detlef Klahm

Erin Albertson
Breathtaking I grew up spending summers in this area... you have truly captured something so surreal for me personally. I can almost smell the air. Beautiful. Pure. Magnificent.

Aivar Pärtel
. Beautiful image!

Lou Verruto
Yes! This is a wonderful use of the fisheye. Often, this is a much abused/misused lens... but not here. It makes perfect sense to use the lens as you have here. Excellent. Very nicely done. Lou

Detlef Klahm

Hazeelin Hassan
Awesome! Very creative composition!

Serdar Oner
A good photo I like it, colors and the perspective is very nice

Salvatore Mele
Very, very pleasent composition... too bad there was no mushroom coming out the evening before.

Richard Wong
This is great! I like how you used the leaves in the foreground instead of just shooting the canopy on top.

Dave Nitsche
I never rated this when it was POW? Interesting.. Well I am not the biggest fan of fisheyes but it is used well here. I went back and viewed my comment that I left on the POW and have to say I am surprised to read what I said. I find myself liking this now. I think it is because I am really appreciating originality lately. Your effort here (IMO) was to take something shot a bunch of times and make it your own. You succeeded.

Nicklaus Johnson
Incredible image!!! I could spend all day here mentioning why I love it. I will leave it at this. Well done Curtis!!

Anping Liu
Wonderful color and composition.

sammy falgiani
this is a really cool picture. i like the angles, did you use any photoshopping?

fatemeh hendijani
Hi As you said, They work together wonderfully, It is so nice, It seems there is one tree and others are its branches. Excellent

Alejandro Gonzalez Alzaga

I love the angle! The picture is great for me. Congratulations.

Ethan Finkelstein
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester It defiantly effectively helps to display the subject you are portraying. It brings the object into new light and you see it as you never have before. It almost brings in the whole atmosphere of the place you took a photo of without having to shoot panorama style, with some distortion. I love these fisheye shots and everyone keep taking them (i need to get one!).

David Lier
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester The color and the composition are definitely the strong points in this one and in that regard the photographer did quite well. Congrats, Curtis. I do, however, think that the fisheye effect is a little much here. Looks too much like I am looking through a coke bottle. Some may like that, I don't. Also, the dark spot in the left hand corner is distressing. It looks like the lens (or combonation of lenses) didn't have enough covering power. Makes the whole thing appear sloppy which is too bad.

R.J. Fox
Doesn't work I don't like the converging trees at all. I think it otherwise detracts from the strong complementary color scheme of blue/gold.

roger --
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Curtis, I admired this photo when it was first posted and have thought of it several times. There are some wonderful nature/landscape images offered up here and there, but it is difficult to find a general perspective that has not been overworked in some respect. That is the icing on the cake for this photo. Great work.

Timothy Peterson
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I think the overall effect of the beautiful color, the point-of-view, AND the distortion together are what make this photo so unique and gripping. It's wonderful in a cheery, disorienting sort of way.

Kim Slonaker
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I like the distortion - I was getting awfully tired of autumn pictures that all looked the same. This is bright and it's different. Works for me.

Jonathan Bundick
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I hate the extremely distorted perspective. An example of man thinking nature isn't good enough, and having to change it. If you like this, I suggest dying brown bears purple.

It isn’t an original use of a wide angel. The light isn’t exceptional.

Henry Minsky
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I like the converging treetops, combined with the close up view of the ground. It makes me think what it must be like up at the tops of the trees, they are all close together conferring or doing something that excludes those of us stuck on the ground. But down on the ground, we can look carefully at what is around beneath our feet.

Joo Chung
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Looks great! Love the colors and the perspective is terrific! Well done!

seth hosler
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I love it. I'm totally floored. I see too many fish-eye photos that look as if they should have been taken with a regular wide-angle, with not enough consideration for the special properties of a fish-eye. This photograph is different. You have taken an already beautiful scene (look at those colors!) and exploited the properties of the fish-eye lens to create a trult memorable image. Thank you for this nice piece of eye candy on a Tuesday morning....

Steve Chong
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Excellent! It just shows how a switch of angle and lens make all the difference in terms of perspective and the world in general!

Kevin Quinn
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Well done! Strong DOF, perspective, and color.


Landrum Kelly
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Interesting that one can do this with lenses and call it "unmanipulated."

Gregg Blomberg
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I am curious as to lense used, this eaither is not a standard Nikon lense or the image was worked over in Photoshop, can't we know Curtis ? It is a wonderfull work no matter what. A purple bear might be out of line but a photo of a bear taken nose to nose with a wide angle could be terrific (to say nothing of terrifying). This is no purple bear. Good work, Blessings !

Curtis Forrester
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Thanks to all for the comments on my image! This image was actually taken with a Nikon fish-eye lens, and was not created or manipulated in Photoshop! I see some people don't like it, but the majority do. As for the darker/shadowed portion on the bottom left of the image, this lens has such a wide angle of view that is difficult to keep yourself, the sun, and your shadow out of the image! I moved as much as I could to remove most of my shadow without ruining the composition I was trying to get. I am glad most of you enjoyed my image with a different perspective, which was what I was trying to accomplish in the first place.

Thomas Turk
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Curtis may have had unanimous praise if he had used an 18mm to converge but not bend the trees, and still pick up some of the fallen leaves. The typhoon look bent trees look too unnatural, and thus the feeling of harmony in the pix. is lost, however stunning the colors.

Alan Chan
New perspective of seeing things Warm congratulation Curtis for POW. I like your new ways of seeing things.. let me guess, you have incidentally slipped on the ground and look towards the sky .. and then you discovered this new perspective :) I'm going to re-visit my photo routes on an armchair !! Your image is truely innovative., simple tool but knock-on effect !

K. S. Lovington
Smoke and Mirrors This image is eye-catching, no doubt. When I asked myself what about this caught my eye, though, something happened. I realized I didn't like this photo at all. At first, the velvia-like colors pop and the qwerky perspective is ooo-la-la. After a short time, though, I noticed the shadow in the corner, the poo-brown base of the tree, and a forced(albeit novel) use of a lens that just doesn't seem to fit.

Neville Bulsara
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Amazing picture. Love the perspective.

Jos Van Poederooyen
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I enjoy the only thought is to have shot a little less of the fallen leaves, I feel that balance would work better for me. The colours and trunk placement are exceptional. My eyes follow right up the photo...good use of the tools in your camera case and great vision. The effect is only to extreme if you desire to capture only what is...I prefer to leave room for imagination in art.

Krzysztof Olechnicki
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Great shot! Now we know how a frog sees the reality. I would be grateful for more technical details (about camera and wideconverter used, if any)

Rich Silfver
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I'm with Kelly. Initial impression was that this could be a great photo but once I looked closer I too realized that I didn't like it. The shadows in the lower left, the composition in general, the brown gnarled area on the trunks of the trees chosen to photograph. Sorry, I simply feel that it's just not a very strong photograph.

Jean Berthe
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I like this point of vue... from a very small critter! I usually carry a small tarp when I walk about the great outdoors, just in case I see something this striking. Nothing is perfect until it has been perfected by man. I do appreciate every little parts of this picture: the shadow, the brown patch on the tree, everything! I would not hesitate to stick a framed 24X36 on my wall... just love everything about this picture:) Congrats JB

Karen Siebert
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester This is one of the best images I have ever seen. I have seem similar images and have even taken a few myself, but none have been as successful as this image. EXCELLENT perspective, great color and contrast, nice lighting.

Landrum Kelly
A manipulated work of art I actually like the photo, Curtis, but was interested in your pointing out that it was not manipulated in Photoshop. That is relevant to me. Even so, it is manipulated optically, which likewise is relevant (but not repugnant) to me. I am puzzled that persons who are okay with optical manipulation, which clearly distorts what we see, are so averse to the use of Photoshop, which can be used to distort--or not. It can also be used to make pictures TRUER to what we actually saw, as in the case of my Olympus E-20, which usually gives files which come out of the camera requiring a bit more saturation and sharpening before they are accurate as representations of reality. I think that checking off "Not manipulated" should be a matter of the spirit of accurate representation, with the understanding that (for many of us) an inaccurate representation may also have its merits. Your picture is not an accurate representation of what one sees, and is thus to me "manipulated." It is also a work of art, in my opinion.

Curtis Forrester
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Everyone has their own opinion, including me, and I respect them all fully. Wide angle lenses have distortion and this fish-eye lens is the extreme. I have read the information on "Unmanipulated Photos" on this site several times and I decided according to the guidelines that I should post this image as unmanipulated. However, I do think that this image that was taken with a lens with severe distortion, is manipulated in a different sort of way. In the guidelines of "Unmanipulated Photos", it is stated "No use of perspective correction tools is allowed". I did not think my image would have this much discussion of "what is" and "what is not" considered a manipulated photo. Also, while I am on the subject, telephoto lenses distort what we actually see by compressing objects closer together than they actually are. This is also not an accurate representation of what we see with our vision. Also, black and white images aren't either. I like black and white photography. It is, to me, another form of photographic art. Ansel Adams was the greatest!

Oliver White
not original It's not difficult to get this kind of shot with the right lens. Don't get me wrong, I love the colors, I really don't see anything outstanding about this shot.

Greg S
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I don't really like the effect, seems disorienting. Prefer a more linear world. Photo woould be plenty beautiful enough without all the curvature of space.

Jean-Francois Nahas
Curtis The colors and lines definitely caught my attention immediately! Great shot! However, IMHO, the distortion and polarizing effects fade rapidly in the viewers taste, I mean, they are great for that eye-catch thing, but then, you need other images to trully captivate/retain the viewers attention. Great eye-catching shot.

Collins V
Manipulation I suspect that any time you use a fisheye you'll run into this extreme contrast of opinion! Comments from... "If you like this, I suggest dying brown bears purple." -J. Bundick ... "too many {other} fish-eye photos... with not enough consideration for the special properties of a fish-eye." -S.Hosler I'm with the lovin' it crowd on this one, particularly because I've seen so many pictures of aspens that had rich color but little compositional interest - this one is fresh. To try to answer Lannie Kelley, why some of us approve of lens manipulation but disdain Photoshop - let me try to explain my own reasons: I think with a photograph the photographer shares his experience at the scene, and the decisions made at the scene reflect the conditions and feelings there... condensing breath in cold air, the crunch of leaves underfoot, the patience to wait for the right light to press the shutter... I feel I lose that connection with the photograph when it is rearranged from a desk chair. This is not meant to flame the photoshoppers out there! (btw, I'm well trained in photoshop for other professional stuff, just not my photography.) I'm just trying to clarify our different approaches, which are as broad as those that love and hate the fisheye in this shot. It's all good for some and not others. cheers,

Kelson Smith
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Its very cool looking, but than it's digital,to bad.

Toni Martin
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I like this. It drew me right in. It could be a little too much. It is quite beautiful. Images like this can seem very strange to us because it is just not what we see everday. But what if we did, how would you feel about it then?

Bryan Olesen
Manipulated/distorted perspective by using a fisheye? I don't necessarily think so. It is somewhat similar to the way the human eye sees in a wide angle situation. Hold a piece of paper (preferably larger than 8.5x11) "landscape" fairly close in front of your eyes. Looks "normal", right? Move it either right or left and notice how the top and bottom edges start to converge when moving it laterally. It appears our eyes have a similar natural fisheye distortion/perspective. Our eyes can't correct this natural perspective. I know peoples' views differ - this is just mine. Besides, I like my fisheye, and I like this image...

Curiosity Factor
Congratulations Curtis I like this shot. So beautifully composed with some lovely colors. And to me, this image is UNMANIUPLATED. God knows, what shall happen if everyone uses a KODAK 400 with 50mm prime lens, to make them "This is the reality" shot. This one is great. Curtis, I saw your other photographs too, and they are just awesome !!! Way to Go !!

Dan Aragon
Nice shot I agree with the issue with the shadow. A near perfect shot if only that lower corner wasn't so dark. I don't think that this picture would have been chosen as picture of the week if you hadn't used the fish-eye. It shows a different perspective and makes this one stand out.

David Vorland
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester For me, it's a tad too "manufactured." A curiosity, not a work of photographic art. But hey, I am personally not capable of photography at this high level, so my mind remains open. A beautiful image, that's for sure.

Marlene DeGrood
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Curtis....this is very nice! The first thing I saw was an umbrella with rain running off of it, a compostition within a compostion. Yes, we all know that fisheyes can be "gimmicky", but it would be extremely unfair to brand any image created with a fisheye as such. Wonderful composition and excellent choice of lenses. Congratulations on making POW, it's well deserved!

Landrum Kelly
Thanks, Brent. . . Yours is perhaps the most compelling defense I have seen yet for having a preference for non-shopped images. Sometimes I think that I come back with too many mediocre pictures that I try to convert into something better with Photoshop, but the best ones are generally the ones that require little or no manipulation.

Bob Becker
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Hi Curtis... You really know how to make an image work! I love the canopy effect formed by the outer ring of trees, the position, the shape, the color, and the texture of the dominant trees is just right -- as are the wonderful colored leaves underneath. But the dark and unsightly bark area at the base of the main trees really damage the otherwise beautiful photograph. I know that you could not control it. It's too bad that the silvery bark did not continue all the way to the ground! bob

Roman F. Hümbs
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester to extreme? No, the effect ist very interesting. make it extremer, it's a nice perspective. roman

Josh Cho
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester wow, what an interesting perspective of a nature photograph. you don't see many photos of nature with a fisheye lens that actually works. i like it, kudos Curtis.

Dave Nitsche
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Hmmmm, good because of the content or good because of the effect? I will go for the latter. Take away the fish eye and this is a picture of some tree's with yellow leaves. Where as I do applaud the thought of doing it I think this picture would just be one of a million "looking up a tree at the canopy" shots. Like any other effect used in photography (IR for example) the effect generated is really neat but after a while the underlying picture has to be sound and of interest to the viewer. For me this just doesn't do it. But I will admit, that's just me. My tastes in nature work are radically different than the general publics I think... Congrats on POW!

Laura E. Napolitano
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I am curious, just being of a science background: Was this how the image looked in its "raw" format? Or was there cropping involved? The reason I ask is I notice a lack of aberration in the picture that I usually get when working with a wideangle/fisheye. The colors are lovely. They remind me of the oversaturatedness of Velvia film. I don't think the effect is too extreme because you can still "place" yourself in the image -- you know that you're on the ground, looking up -- it doesn't have the "spinning 360" effect of a lot of fisheyes.

Bob Pictaker
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester To say that this image would fail if shot with a longer focal length lens is a bit like saying butterflies wouldn't be as beautiful if they were moths. Butterflies are butterflies, and this image was shot with this lens. It's true that this image wouldn't be as dynamic if shot with a different lens but the photographer chose the lens he used for a reason. As we all know lens choice is a major concern when going for any shot, and I think the goal here was to use the distorting effects of a fisheye lens to offer a different perspective of a very common subject. To that end I congratulate Curtis for his effort. Is it gimmicky? Perhaps, but I'm not overly concerned with that aspect. Gimmicky or not I imagine that a considerable amount of effort went in to the composition in an attempt to use the distorting effects of a fisheye lens to an advantage. In this I would say that Curtis was successful because I think it is a solid composition. As for the issue of manipulation, I think this is commonly brought up as it relates to post production alterations in the digital realm. Lens choice, even a radical one such as this, does not in my view fall into the category of manipulation. Every lens distorts to some extent, and the photographer is free to use optical distortion as he see fits. It's just a part of the package we have available to us. If Curtis had achieved this effect in Photoshop then manipulation would be an issue, but he was probably flat on the ground composing this image on site. Good shot.

Jay Philbrick
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Great colors and lighting. The darkness in the lower left corner is the only problem here. I don't have a problem with the fisheye effect and instead think that it adds to this image. I can almost imagine myself lying on the ground where this photo was taken looking up at the trees. I think the view might look a little like this photograph. The effect, in my opinion, isn't overdone here and this is a good situation in which to use such an effect.

Vincent K. Tylor
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Personally, I think I'd like this much better without the distortion. The idea of putting the camera on the ground, as well as your choice of composition is very good. The distortion just does little to enhance this aesthetically speaking in my opinion. However, it does make it a more *interesting* photograph!

Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester The photo prompted me to do some research into the Aspen tree itself. I was amazed to find that this entire stand of trees could be one living organism. Just a bit of useless trivia to pass along where no other comment can be made. The photo is super, evocative, inspiring!!!!!!!!!

Sally Delacruz
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Congratulation!... This is what they call a double take looker. Just like when a pretty lady or a handsome man passes by.Got to look again and enjoy while it last.

Dennis Fallon
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I like it ! In a world of cookie cutter "me too" nature photography, where everyone gets up to photograph the "alpenglow" from the rising sun striking some hillside, or does the wide angle with flowers in the foreground thing, or the birch grove from 50 yards, this is just something different. The leaves in the foreground are key; the lower left corner darkness maybe the only imperfection. I love how the placement of the horizon and the trunk of the tree follow fairly convential "rule of thirds" composition without appearing to do so; the image almost looks square at times. Just a fun & refreshing nature photo ! - Dennis

Zachary T
Amazing wide angle shot Thats a great extreme wide angle shot. The low angle helps enhance the effect. Its also good to see a winner that hasn't been manipulated.

Richard van Hoesel
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Terrific Curtis. Another vote in agreement with the elves on this one - all the elements do work just great for me. A very eye-catching image, even if it is a little defiant of the conventional landscape ethos.

Carl Root
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester It screams FISHEYE . . . . but only to another photographer. A viewer without a photography background would certainly notice that the trees bow in, but is more likely to interpret that as the forest canopy that is an integral part of the composition which includes a featured tree and the fallen leaves. If you want to include forest, tree, and leaves, this is how you do it. Could the shadow have been avoided without increasing the risk of flare? Don't know, but unless you're shooting on an overcast day, that's a major challenge, as is trying to avoid unwanted elements with a lens that includes half the world in every shot. Not perfect . . . but darn near.

Stuart Moxham - Finland
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Well I think that this shot needs the combination of the fisheye and the bold colors to work lose either and your left with a rather dull shot. If I had to say what is the strongest element the bold colors or the distortion caused by the fisheye I would probably say the distortion but only after checking out a greyscale version. On the whole this shot works very well because the elements come together nicely to create this rather graphic image.

wayne eardley
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I love the vignette (dark area) in the lower left. It works with the modelling of the other light on the trunk. Think classic painting. I often vignette either in camera or in the darkroom. Also, the design of the image may not be totally original, but it is a great "stock" image. Although to bad it was shot with a coolpix. Maximum size is?

Anthony M
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester At the beginning of my photography experience I spent a week in Aspen, Snow Mass, and Telluride. I was there during the changing of the Aspen trees. I know this is a marvelous time to be here and you have captured it perfectly. I am going back in the summer, hopefully I can bring back some worthwile shots. Congratulations on the POW. AJM

Tom Sperduto
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I think this is a beautiful image with a great perspective and color. It's also an inspiring image that makes me want to run out and take pictures because it was shot with a small camera and a lot of creativity. Congrats on the POW.

Landrum Kelly
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Curtis, it is hard to tell from the uploaded image anything about the tops of the trees. How well did the Coolpix do with resolution of the top branches?

Mimi Miller
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I think this picture is both pleasing to the eye with color, and harsh to the eye with angle. I got a little dizzy looking at it. Any other lens or angle just wouldn't have done this picture justice. The fish-eye just gave the trees this illusion that they're taller than the sky, which I'm sure is what was wanted. The colors are so strong it almost looks like a CGI. Simply amazing what a camera can catch sometimes, or rather, the person behind the lens... And as for that shadow, who cares? There will never be a perfect photo. The imperfections show that it was more than just a camera that captured the image. And the gnarl on the tree shows that nature is nothing BUT imperfection. I hate people who think that we have to catch perfection on film. That's so far from the truth about the world, and nature, that it's just... unrealistic. Every living thing has a flaw somewhere. Unlike some people, I like photographing the truth. I can't say if I like the photo or not. I'm torn. I just want to see the original view before you looked through the lens. It just seems like such a gorgeous place. Great Job.

Curtis Forrester
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Boy, I sure am getting a lot of likes and dislikes about this image! I was only trying to be a little creative and show an ant's eye view of a common scene. If you were to look at some of my other images in my portfolio at (no www.), you will find that this type of image is not the only ones I shoot. Lannie, I beleive the Nikon CP5000 has good resolution, but this Nikon fish-eye converter lens isn't quite as sharp as the lens on the camera, as can be expected with any converter lens. The top of the image is a little soft both due to the edge sharpness of the lens and the extreme depth of field I was trying to capture here. The small aspen leaves that the camera is actually resting on are almost touching the lens! I plan to shoot more fish-eye type images along with my other work. I hope most of you enjoy seeing them. Happy shooting!

Yefei He
Congrats! I personally find the distortion a bit extreme to me. But, I trust Curtis had good reasons to take this photo. I would not try to force my idea on someone else and say "this photograph is not why people photograph". "I will not photograph this way", perhaps, but not other people. Congratulations on the POTW!

Dilip Barman
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Gorgeous shot, Curtis! I love the colors, the fairly straight perspective of the two foreground white birches, and the modern and geometric look to the leaves on the forest floor. Beautiful!

Brad Bradley
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Hey Curtis, this is wonderful capture. Fisheye or not? this is someone else's quest. I say the effect is fantasttic. Laura raised a good question, whether this is manipulated or not as it reminded her of the color happy velvia film. What I remember of being in the aspen groves at this time of the year is that first of all the sky turns so "clean" in the fall. The summer monsoons all gone, little or no clouds in the sky, very dry atmosphere. The richness of the blue in this photo is the way I remember it there, especially if you get to altitude where there is even less atmospheric elements to obscure this beautiful sky. Laura is an East Coaster as I am now and I can tell you back here we NEVER see this rich blue in the sky. The aspen leaves are just as they show here too, vibrant!! When you see these two colors together it's just incredible, as your photo shows Curtis. This photo to me is the way you can see it in the flesh if you go there and have the right day. That you can see the foreground, trunks and canopy through the clever use of a fisheye lense is just a great thing. Thanks, Just my little opinion. One more sentiment and I will go away..........the other time I can highly recommend to be in the Aspen groves is mid summer when the soft exterior bark of these beautiful leafy giants start to drink up some water and become quite green compared to their subdued & chalky look as seen in the fall. I remember camping up off Scofield Pass (West of Snowmass) at +/- 9500' above sea level, Gothic Peak, I think and being given a gift of witnessing a sunset "to die for". We were cooking diner under an Aspen grove, type of canopy you see in Curtis's pic, The sky darkened at sunset. When we looked up all of the trunks were lit by the small but bright fire we had. The color of the trunks a deep olive the sky deep rose. Such a time to not have a camera. :( Thanks for sharing this one Curtis, another reason to start packing and get back to where I think I belong. Bradley

Curtis Forrester
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Thanks Bradley for your long and nice comment! I just love the beauty of the outdoors in Colorado, and I enjoy trying to show some of its beauty with my photography. Again, thanks to all for the comments, positive or negative! Curtis

kyle mix
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester I think this, and Im not alone here, this is relatively cheap way to try to enhace an otherwise boring picture, the color is great but the composition could be a lot better.

David Robinson
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Gimmicky is the word for it. There is no emotional or esthetic impact conveyed by this image other than a most fleeting wow. Enduring landscapes convey rich moods and a sense of the sublime. This is not an image that will register for very long...

Nick Johnson
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Great use of a fisheye. Great photo. I like the overwhelming distiortion in this photo. It really stands out. Oh, and I love the colors. Ad for my dislikes.. um.. NONE! Awesome work.

Mike Wind
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester Congratulations , I've noticed many people commenting negatively but let's face it, it was bold enough to generate eight pages of comments so as a piece of art it is a success.

Alex S.
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester

Let me start not with the image but with the lens that produced it. The fisheye lens is an art lens. It's purpose is to achieve a sensation through extreme wide angle perspective and extreme linear distortion. Forgive this somewhat risque but apt analogy: the fisheye perspective is to art photography what big breasts are to burlesque. The late striptease artist Tempest Storm once remarked, "You can't make them too big in this business." The same principle applies to the fisheye. Appreciation of the visible is predicated on the basis of it being presented in extreme form. Some people adore watching a dancer swing cement sack sized mammary glands while others, like myself, prefer ballet. Fisheye photography to some is a great art form. In my view is a vulgar art form like burlesque. But it is, nevertheless, a legitimate art form--like burlesque. Take it or leave it.

Now on to the image under discussion. All the vulgar gimmickry of fisheye photography is here. The image screams for immediate attention. There is little that is subtle about it. Extreme perspective is an end in itself. But having accepted the intrinsic vulgarity of fisheye, we need to evaluate the image on its own terms. Just as there are good and bad strippers there is good and bad fisheye photography. In my view this is good fisheye photography.

Let me make this clear. I am not saying this is good photography but good fisheye photography. What makes it good fisheye photography? The overall balance of the composition is very good. The shadow in question is not a defect but an asset because it breaks what would be the monotony of the too bright leaves. Above all, the distorted perspective brings out the communal nature of aspen. So there is an epiphany imbedded in this image.

In sum, I believe this to be an above average fisheye photograph. I feel I can go back and appreciate it for what it is worth after the obvious sensationalism has ceased to interest me. I also believe a better and more subtle effect could have been achieved with an extreme wide angle non-fisheye lens.

Alex S.
Response to Aspen Leaves of Gold by Curtis Forrester

Let me amend something. The epiphany is pretty much in your face. Too much so at second glance. Maybe this is an okay fisheye photo.

Curtis Forrester
Aspen Leaves of Gold Another image taken recently in the San Juan mountains of Colorado.

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