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'Bark Abstract #2'
'Bark Abstract #2'


Last sunday afternoon I managed a cloudy couple of hours at Skipwith going back to shoot a couple of the details images I had seen 2 weeks ago when the light was too bright.

I have been working on refining my technique for making close up detail images and the image above was one where I learned more about the technical aspects of the process than anything I have shot in the last 2 or 3 years. Using my 150, this image was about 1.5x lifesize.

This must be the fourth time in the last few weeks I have returned to the same 100m sq area and getting to really know and understand a single location is beginning to pay dividends. A couple of weeks ago, I had scouted out a fabulous weathered section/log from a birch tree which has numerous photographic opportunities. Based on reviewing my G10 sketches I chose to make this image:

'Decaying Birch'
'Decaying Birch'


The other thing that had caught my attention was the preponderance of fascinating tree stumps and I had a go at a 'portrait of one' - quite a straight image for me as inner landscapes go but nevertheless I still like the fabulous green mosses. I made the image in the fading light which I am sure has helped to even out the lighting.

'Tree Stump'
'Tree Stump'


Back to the first image. I don't usually make two similar but slightly different large format compositions of the same subject in one session, normally preferring to commit to one particular interpretation. If I do, I find I am then racked with indecision about which image I prefer when I get back. This has happened here. I actually made the following image as the main image and then tried the top image as more of a technical experiment to see how far I could push and challenge my technique:

'Bark Abstract #1'
'Bark Abstract #1'


As usual, it will probably take me a few weeks to work out what I think about them.