photographing trees

As a break from working on, and uploading, some of the digital work from the Wellington trip, I’ve been figuring out to photograph trees, and, more generally, the local remnant scrub along the coastal sand dunes and on the roadside vegetation along the back country roads.

coastal tree

coastal tree

I see lots of trees on our poodle walks, and I’m finding it hard to both photograph them and do it well. Most of the tree images for the forthcoming Fleurieuscapes photographic exhibition at Magpie Springs never made it past the second cut. That says that I need to lift my game.

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2 thoughts on “photographing trees

  1. I am finding the same thing with trees and other things I photograph.Perhaps we need to try and train our brain to see in a more two dimensional space, like our retina and camera “sees”.That said, I suspect film records images more like our brain sees than a camera with a digital sensor and that’s why in many cases they are more “pleasing to the eye”.Taking it a little further, since returning to large format photography, looking at the image upside down the brain tends to focus on shapes and spaces rather than colour and other distractions.I have been using my Wratten No 90 B&W viewing filter more and more as it removes the distraction of colour from what you are looking at and hopefully allows you to concentrate on form ,shape and space.They are still made -Ansel Adams used one of these to help him recognize tonal relationships in scenes he wanted to capture in B&W without the bias of color seen by the naked eye.

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