Rapid forest growth

Growing a forest in 2 seconds

Sometimes when I am in some very familiar places, some crazy things pop into my head.  I try to see in ways I haven’t seen before.  Sometimes that comes along with creating a bit of fantasy and playing around.

For this image, I imagined being in some type of time warp where a forest was sprouting up rapidly around me.   Full grown pines, hundreds of years old, sprouting up around me during a 2 second exposure.

This is pretty darn close to how it was in camera.   Just some post processing to bring out a bit more detail in the bark and contrast in the canopy.


  1. WOW!!! This is a great fantasy photo,Mark. Did you zoom in (or out) during a portion of the exposure? I love it when everything comes together in an exciting way like this.
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    • Ken, yes, I zoomed during the exposure here. It took quite a few tries because you are never really sure what parameter makes the particular shot… Speed of zoom, time at any particular focal length, exposure time, etc. I wasn’t even looking through the viewfinder actually…I had the camera stuck in the tree trunks. I am kinda puzzled myself on how I didn’t blur that foreground bark. :-)

  2. This is Awesome! Even on my iphone it looks good. I’m going to have try something like this, now.

  3. One of the most unique nature images I have seen. It is always so much fun to let the imagination run free. Great job Mark.
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  4. That is one amazing image. Well done! The colors are what really grab me.
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  5. However you accomplished it, Mark, well done! It’s a wonderful creative image and I love how colorful it is.
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  6. Like your image and the thoughts behind. Love these experiments and I also do it from time to time. Great work!

  7. What can I say? Superb. Great and unique piece of work Mark.
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  8. The colors are intense and beautiful, the converging lines add a lot. The bark anchors it, by the density and the detail. Thought it might be a zoom blur!
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  9. Oh man…this is super cool! Great way of looking at the world, Mark. You are completely right…it is just a matter of getting all the components to match up…well done!

    Strange the tree trunk didn’t blur.

    • Thanks Greg. I haven’t quite put together the technical explanation for the unblurred trunk, but suspect it has to do with exposure time at that particular focal length.

  10. Glad I dropped in here again to see this. Holy wow. It is amazing what mind blowing creations can be made primarily in the camera.
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