Photographing Sequoias (Paola Bertani and Martino Sykora)
Sequoia lower trunk with 30 cm thick bark Sequoia trunk - a barely tapering, perfect cylinder Sequoia branches playing with passing clouds

The problem with photographing giant sequoias (sequoiadendron giganteum) is that there is no way to make them fit the view of any distortion-less optics. One just has to shoot them piecewise, loosing much of the sense of awe which overwhelms you when standing under the giant and embracing all of it with a naked human eye - from the bark details of the lower trunk up to the branches barely visible in the clouds above.

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Sequoia National Park, California, April 2007.

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