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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Contender Rob Haff


The American Landscape Contest Contender Rob Haff eloquently describes how he created this special photo of Florida’s unique mangroves

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Photographer: Rob Haff

Location: Big Pine Key, Florida

When did you take the photograph?
February 2012

What equipment did you use?
Canon EOS 5D

Please describe how you got this photo?
For the last three years I've been shooting landscapes of the Florida Keys. Red, white and black mangroves are an intricate part of this landscape, and using Google Earth, I can find the coastal areas that appeal to me photographically and are sometimes very difficult to get to.

I discovered this red mangrove on a stretch of coastline very few people make the effort to get to. I've returned here at least a dozen times at this point. This red mangrove sits farther out into the ocean than the others here, setting it apart. On this day the tide was right and the skies were right for this timed exposure. Most of the time I find it's best to try to include the surroundings with any one particular tree, but this one stands alone in its beauty and majesty.

Did you use any special techniques?
I used a lot of long exposures and always a tripod.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
The Florida Keys, sometimes referred to as "America's Caribbean," is a one-of-a-kind ecosystem in North America. These islands wouldn't exist if it were not for the mangrove, as erosion is constant here. The Keys would certainly wash away if it were not for the roots of the mangroves, which line all the islands here. The tree is sometimes taken for granted by locals and others, but I find a real beauty in these unique trees and the mangal forest they create.

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