Categories: Landscape Photography, Midwestern Landscapes, Pictures Of Trees
Not shooting much or posting much right now… but I did get a chance to catch a little fall color over the last few weeks (months). Here are a handful of autumn shots.
A couple from early in the season, taken on a gloomy day in the Yankee Springs State Recreation Area:
I managed to spend one really beautiful October morning in the Allegan Forest, enjoying the luminous fall colors in the woods. A heavy gale with high winds rolld through the area a few days later and knocked most of the leaves off the trees. But for a shot while, the woods were gorgeous:
And lastly, a motion blurred abstract:
April 29th was World Wide Pinhole Photography Day - a great event that keeps me shooting iwth a pinhole camera (if only one day per year.) This year I took to the field with the Peinhol Body Cap for the Pentax 6x7 and with my trusty converted Kinoflex TLR. It has taken some time to scan all of the film, and I can’t say that I am really thrilled with anything, but what the heck, it’s relaxing to take exposures that are measured by the seconds as opposed to hundredths of a second…
So - here is a shot with the Pentax 6x7 and Pinhole body cap. This is labeled as an f244 pinhole. I was captivated by the fading dogwoods at the edges of forest clearings, so that is the subject of many of these shots (click on any shot for a larger file):
And here is a dogwood shot with the Kinoflex:
The Pentax body cap is (I think) a laser cut pinhole. The Kinoflex was drilled, and even to the unaided eye irregularities in the roundness of the pinhole can be seen. From imperical tess with exposures, I reckon the Kinoflex to be around f180.
Finally - a few small trees in a clearing. At this point I got distracted by a snake, and stopped with the pinholes and started shooting macros:
More images will be in the Photoblog as I process them.
Here’s a re-work of a shot I took in 2008 and posted here then:
Click on the image for a larger file.
The shot was one of the few successful images I had managed to get using Rollie IR 400, but unfortunately there was just not the needed tonal separation between the foliage in the trees and foreground scrub and the clouds and grassy plain. In this re-work I rescanned the negative, ran it through Photomatix tone mapping to better balance the shadows and highlights, and then went through extensive hand toning and local dodging and burning. I think it came out pretty nice…
Unfortunately, I scanned at a low resolution and was hours into working with it before I realized that it was only about half the size of a standard 35mm scan… Hmmm - maybe that is why is came out so nice this time? Well, it makes for a very nice small print…
Taken with a Pentax LX, FA 20-35mm f4 zoom, Rollie IR 400, HC110 Dil H and Hoya R72 IR filter.
Last weekend I visited the Devil’s Soupbowl, a glacial kettle hole located in the Yankee Springs state recreation area just north of Kalamazoo. It’s a nice place in that it affords an opportunity to look down into the foliage of the trees growing 60 feet or so below.
It was a dim overcast day and I found myself trying to capture the colors of the trees in their early foliage and flowers. Here are a couple of photo - both taken with the Pentax 6x7 and SMC Takumar 170mm f2.8 lens on Fuji Reala. Click for a larger view.
Note: I changed the above image on 4/9. You can see the original, less sharp one here
Here are a some Holga shots from the last few weeks.
First - I’ve been experimenting with Ilford SFX in a Holga. A 52mm deep red filter fits nicely on the front of the plastic lens (you have to push hard, but it will fit on and stay there). Here’s a little country church taken with this setup:
Solar flare activity was quite high when I took that shot and you can see the aurora in the sky over the church even the the midday sunlight… Or maybe the Holga was leaking light. Well, more likely that…
Here is an SFX shot of barren spring woods - not much infrared effect but there was not much greenery out yet:
SFX is a pretty tame infrared film, but it is fast enough to be used in a hand held Holga, even with a deep red filter. (I developed the SFX in HC-110 Dil B and pushed these exposures by one stop.) I’m hoping for some more pronounced IR effects once the green foliage is out.
And here is a double exposure of a snowmobile trail, looking to the east, looking to the west …. Classic Pan 200 developed in HC-110 Dil H.
Lastly , a squirt gun found out in the woods, same place where I found a bunch of dead a few years ago:
The last weekend of summer… seems like it just got here. Looking back I wish I had taken more photos. Well, here are some pictures of trees from this summer, in no particular order.
First - an infrared shot of a fine oak tree, not even middle aged as oaks go, again in the Allegan game area:
Morning at the Pierce Creek Institute near Hastings, Michigan:
My favorite walnut tree in the Allegan game area:
And lastly, a windbreak at sunset in rural southern Indiana:
In a few weeks, autumn trees, and after that, bare trees of winter…
Last Saturday my wife went to her high school reunion in the small northern Michigan town where she was raised. I agreed to go along, but having been to these class reunions before I decided to just spend the day knocking about the countryside, looking for places to photograph. I didn’t’ know it at the time, but I was in for a real treat…
My wife was attending the reunion with her lifelong friend, and her friend’s father owns a working farm about 20 miles out of town. He offered to show me a more wild area of the farm - an area left for deer hunting in the fall, where beavers have dammed up a small creek and made a little pond in a low place.
I followed him out into the Newaygo County countryside. A ways out he turned onto a small two-track leading back into some fields. The road cut into a small wooded area and then ended at the edge of a hay field, a few weeks past its last mowing. We then drove directly across the field, through one low laying area near the beaver pond, and into a small field, also a few weeks past cutting. That’s where we stopped - and where I stayed for several hours.
Here’s a pano of the field where I spent the afternoon - click here for a much larger view. (This is made from 9 stitched together hand-held shots taken with a Nikon P6000.)
And here is a shot of the beaver pond… The pond straddles the boundary with a neighboring farm, and a barbed wire fence - not really visible in the web-sized image here - runs through the middle of it:
The field inthe pano is visible in this shot of the pond - it is the small area in the upper center of the fram, just above the pond and to the right of the large, dark mass of trees.
The owner of the farm went on his way after leading me back to this place. After a few minutes I spotted lots of dragonflies and other interesting subjects, and decided to start shooting. It has been some time since I found red meadowhawks in abundance, but I found a lot of them here. Here are a couple shots of Whitefaced Meadowhawks:
It is virtually impossible to identify most meadowhawks from photos - or even from casual observation - so I don’t know what this one is, but his bright red face is striking:
Here are two more unidentified red males:
And of course - for every male there is a female, more or less. Here are three females (or immature males) who retain a yellow-brown coloration:
And lastly a close-up of a summer coneflower:
It was a fabulous place to visit and I really enjoyed spending some very quiet hours out in the fields.