Seeing the Trees for the Forest

Ok, so I know that the title may seem backwards, but when photographing inside the deep woods, this version makes more sense. I was reminded of this during a recent trip to the Redwoods in California. It is amazing how difficult it can be to shoot in the forest. The first challenge comes from the fact that the trees and brush all want to overlap thereby reducing any sense of depth or separation among the elements in the frame. Indeed, if we look at the following image taken in Olympic National Park several years ago we see what is basically a mess. This may be an extreme situation since it was taken in a rain forest. In fact, my thought when I took this photo was that I wanted to convey

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