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Cloud Forest by AndyMumford Cloud Forest by AndyMumford
I'm mixing up my submissions at the moment with older and newer shots. I want to have some variety in my gallery and the shots I upload.

Location

I took this on a recent trip around Andalucia in Southern Spain in the Los Alcornocales National Park, the largest forest in Spain, and one of the largest in Europe.
For the time I was there we had really poor weather, almost constant rain and cloud, but on this occasion as we were driving amongst the Pueblos Brancos (white villages) between Casares and Gaucin, the clouds amongst the peaks cleared momentarily and I managed to get a few shots of the clouds clinging to the forest on the slopes of the hills.

The Photo

This was taken with a long telephoto lens, zoomed out to 400mm. The clouds are constantly changing, so I basically kept scanning the valley, looking for interesting abstract shapes. For a few seconds, the clouds rolled up the valley, cling to the trees and revealing these shapes, and I managed to shoot a few frames before the scene disappeared.

I was shooting handheld, so I used a wide aperture to try to keep a fast shutter speed.

The final image has been cropped, and then sharpened for the web.

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Taken near Gaucin, Andalucia, Spain
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 80-400 ED VR
1/250 | f5.6 | 400mm | ISO200

Workflow in Apple Aperture 2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves. Sadly, I no longer have time to reply to individual comments, but I do appreciate people taking the time to look.
Any questions, please note me.
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:iconminastir:
minastir Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Photographer
Your incredible photo has been featured in my journal [link] ! :clap:
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augenweide Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new exhibition...[link]
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thankyou
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augenweide Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome Andy...
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JPtHart Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Photographer
FEATURED: [link] :heart:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thankyou :-)
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edelweiss26 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Beautiful photo!! I like these rolling clouds. (this is also the title of one of my photographs)
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teyasaveleva Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's an amazing shot.
I love the mild trasience of it.

:heart:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Thanks so much
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missjessicajoy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
This is breathtaking!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Thanks so much
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LJFHutch Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful shot :)
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marlene-d Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
feature in my journal [link] enjoy! :rose:
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Caro-Data-Vermibus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
This a very very
Exquisite Image

Tnaks for sharing


C:=
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Rewinger Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
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LaMusaTriste Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Photographer
this is what i mean!! :wow:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Thanks Carmen :hug:
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curruca Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I love these misty days up in the mountain :D
Beautiful photo
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:iconhhryah:
hhryah Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
I wish I could see and capture the world as you see it.
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strangelight Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
A lovely angle and great textures. :)
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Initio Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009   Photographer
You are featured in this news article
[link]

:heart:
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o-kaykay Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What a view! Very dreamy and surreal looking. :)
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LeMegz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
imagem mais que espectacular e bem captada, mesmo a composição horizontal acenta bem! a beleza dessa paisagem é imensa. *
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LeMegz Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
(perdão: diagonal :))
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Featured: [link]
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dakiana Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009   Photographer
this is very nice!
Congrats!!

lots of :heart:
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dwth Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 58th .:wave:
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Darksamu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful photo! I really love how the fog looks in this. Nice choice with the black and white as well.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it Andy - really beautiful scene.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Cheers Jake :-)
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:iconironmanbr:
ironmanbr Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Very nice shot!! :)
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grevys Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
featured [link] ;)
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NoVacation Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Student Photographer
awesome I really love the composition.
and I really like the dynamic range of colours in the photo its wonderful ^^
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SenseiSage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
I noticed you say about 2 images that you open the aperture to allow faster shutter, i understand that when everything you shoot is on the same plane that works no problem. of course there's also bumping ISO up to be able to shoot at fast shutter speed, does this ruin the exposure, is there a reason you wouldn't rather do that?
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Bumping up the ISO will on most cameras, degrade image quality a little. I'm lucky, because with the D3 I can go past ISO800 without any visible change, and a shot like this would be fine up to ISO 2400...but I still like to use base ISO as much as I can. As you said, with a shot like this, the depth of field doesn't matter at all, so I'll open the aperture as wide as possible...but it varies from shot to shot.
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niiFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Handheld at 400 mm? That's impressive mr. Mumford

great job

I'd love it if you would post new photographs more often!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Thanks so much, glad you like it. The VR on that lens is superb...I've got handheld shots at 400mm at even slower shutter speeds. This one is 1/125 @ 400mm [link]
It's a great lens :-)

As for new shots, I'm trying to upload faster now, but it means I'm not commenting so much, not writing journals and writing shorter descriptions.
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YOSHIMETAL Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009   Photographer
Beautiful shot Andy :clap:
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Wow this amazing Andy. Beautiful shot
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Excelente capture Andy, por vezes tenho oportunidades de tirar algumas fotos desta devido morar no "campo" mas falta-me a lente de longa distancia!

Já estive na inclinado para comprar uma sigma 70-300mm mas é da mais baixa categoria logo não sei se vai corresponder as minhas expectativas (que não são altas)!

Acho que fazes muito bem em tentar variar as tuas "submissions", por vezes são fotos sem grande sucesso mas muito agradáveis, tal como esta. Gostei imenso do resultado ;)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thanks Ricardo, at the moment most of the pictures I'm taking are very different from the stuff I did last year. I'm really not shooting waterscapes right now, and I'm using the telephoto lens on most of my shots....it's an interesting change and is kind of re-inspiring me. I've still got lots of waterscapes that I shot early last year though, so I'm going to mix up my submissions.

As for long lenses, I read that the Canon 70-200 f4L is a fantastic lens, and if you're using a crop sensor, then it will give you the reach of a 300mm lens, which is probably long enough. I've been watching Art Wolfe documentaries, and it seems to be the lens he most often has on his camera, and I wish Nikon had a similar lens. There is a Nikkor 70-200, but it's VERY big and heavy (1.5kg) , which is why I bought the 80-400, which only weighs 1.3kg :-/
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Sem dúvida que é uma excelente lente mas muito cara... já pensei em comprar uma Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG MACRO a um preço muito mais baixo, mas tenho dúvida sem vale a pena ou não!
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009   Photographer
Well done Andy a great vision.

Broccoli :laughing:
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justeline Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
oh nooo! Now I see broccoli too!:lol:
Beautiful shot Andy, it's like a river of clouds running among those trees!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Thanks so much, glad you like it :-)
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Amazing shot, Andy.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful atmosphere to it, the mist looks so pretty! very well done
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xMEGALOPOLISx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
:+fav:
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
Amazing, just thinking how even more amazing it would be and one would feel if he was actually between those trees at that time!! :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Thanks Ioanna.
Actually, we spent most of the day driving through that kind of mist...we could only see about 5-10m infront of the car, and the road had drops of 300m on one side. A scary trip :D
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