Fireweed deer pasture by MooseMan

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The foggy fireweed shot from the late ‘90s is one of the first of my slides that I had scanned when I began my transition to being a digital person. I would sooooooo love to be able to go back in time to reshoot it with my currect camera, rather than having to deal with the grainy scan. However, it remains one of my personal top 5(?) favorite all-time shots. Having learned some of Photoshop’s mysteries in the past few months, I thought I’d take a stab at reworking my old favorite, and adding to it.

I borrowed some deer that had shot, also on slide film, and placed them onto the foggy scene. Suddenly I was faced with the huge challenge of making them appear to be in the fog… the further ones needing to be foggier than the closer ones.

I wanted the image to remain primarily a feature of the wild fireweed flowers in the foreground, with the deer providing some interest in the mid-ground.


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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Not grainy at all … wonderfully mystical … magical!!!!! Yes, one of your best, indeed, Ted!!!!!! And you succeeded with the gradations of the fog to perfection!!!! I predict GREAT THINGS for this image!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!

  • Wow! Thanks for the awesome enthusiasm, Lois. I’m curious to know how many deer you saw. Are the two on the hill too subtle?

    – MooseMan

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture!

  • I think I might have fooled you… the deer were transplanted into the foggy landscape photo. I guess that makes me a cheater, eh? :) thanks for the comment.

    – MooseMan

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    brilliant work – i’’ve heard of these wild flowers as rosebay willowherb – a slightly gentler name for this lovely sight!
    well done

  • I’m guessing the long narrow leaves are why they are called “willow herb”. Where is that? These plants are one of the first to flood into an area of forest fire, hence “fireweed”. The leaves can be brilliant red in the fall, too. Thanks for the comment.

    – MooseMan

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 5 years ago


  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 5 years ago

    Even in large view, it looks fantastic, great job! Dee

  • AAaaaaaaaahhh HA!! You were lookin’ fer that little flaw I made!! :) :) How many deer do you see? Did you notice the pair on the hill, or are they too subtle?

    – MooseMan

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Excellent work, Ted!

  • Hi Cora… thank you :)

    – MooseMan

  • danapace
    danapaceover 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! skilful use of foreground gives this great depth..

  • Thank you Dana.

    – MooseMan

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A lovely composition!!!!!!!!

  • thank you, Lorilee. Since I was starting with one of my favorite photos, I didn’t want to reduce its attractiveness :)

    – MooseMan

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    Well done

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

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