Second Growth Canadian West Coast Forest


On a cloudy day when the air is very very still, a photograph like this can be made. Using a technique called "focus stacking" several images are captured all with slightly different focus. A computer program selects the sharpest area from each of the images and composits it together for the final result. Clouds give a soft light that penetrates deep into the forest but the moss is so delicate that even the slightest air movement affects it. (It also must not rain - the drips also move things a little bit) This photograph was made near Buntzen Lake, northeast of Vancouver.