Categories: "Landscape Photography" or "Midwestern Landscapes" or "Pictures Of Trees"
I’ve been visiting the Allegen Forest quite a bit these past few weeks, mostly shooting medium format film. I’m waiting for the negatives to come back from the lab - hopefully by the end of this week. In the meantime, here is a digital snap of a sole maple tree, pushing its way up in a forest of oak and pine (click on the image for a larger view):
Here’s an older image - from 2004 - taken on Portra film, 6x7 format - I walked by this very stand of trees this morning and can report that nothing much has changed. I’m looking forward to scanning this year’s film and seeing what it holds!
One thing I love about autumn is that (these days) it is one of the few times of the year when I feel inspired to shoot medium format color film. As great as DSLR’s get, autumn landscapes just seem to be better on a big beefy negative. Large format photographers are no doubt sitting in butter this time of year…
An autumn scene from October, 2013 (click on the image for a larger view):
Pentax 6x7 with SMC 67 55mm f4 lens, Portra 160.
If the rain holds off I’ll be out tomorrow, looking for fall colors!
Waves of Paradise is a field recording by Eric Hinchman. Recorded on the Lake Superior, near Paradise, Michigan, this peaceful, meditative recording captures the sounds of waves lapping the shore. I’ve taken many a vacation in little housekeeping cabins just north of Paradise, and was happy to license my photo, Canadian Windmills for the cover image.
Listening to this CD brings me back to those peaceful summer evenings - enjoying the sound of the waves, maybe sitting by a bonfire, and looking up to see both the natural beauty of the milky way in the clear northern sky and the man made light show of the Prince Wind Energy Farm feeding the Canadian power grid on the other side of the straight.
Below is my photo of the wind farm and Whitefish Bay, taken in evening twilight (click on it for a larger version.)
The original post from 2007 featuring this photo is in the archives, here.
Another small park in Maryland. Mallows Bay is home to a scuttled fleet of WWI vessels that were sunk in shallow waters to create a wildlife refuge. Here is the road leading into the park (click on the image for a larger file):
Here is one of the scuttled ships, as seen from the shore:
Infrared converted Pentax K10D with DA 17-70 lens.
Here is a shot of one of the sunken vessels found a little closer to shore:
And here a decrepit dock right near that sunken boat:
The latter two non-infrared color photos taken with Pentax K3 and DA 17-70 lens.
Another shot from the beach at Ferry Point Park in Chester, Maryland (click on the image for a larger file):
Ferry Point is a small park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, but provided some great photo opportunities.
Another digital infrared image - I left the color intact in this one. IR converted Pentax K10D with DA 17-70mm lens.
Back to an old project… A few years ago I experimented with B&W film exposures of sunlight in the woods, usually in the middle of the day and by definition in full sunlight. The project had mixed results but I feel a call to get back to it and to try to capture what I see and feel at those times. A couple of weeks ago I took another run at it and took a few rolls of 35mm B&W film in lush green foliage using an #11 (XI) green filter. Films is so slow - developing, scanning, printing to a digital file… I have more to go but here is a promising photo:
Pentax Mz-S, FA 20-35 f4, TMax 100 (expired 2010) stand processed in Rodinal 1:100 for 1 hour.
I visited some old haunts in the Allegan Forest today. This late spring… no leaves on the trees and here it is, almost May.
Here is an infrared photo of a some twisted little trees that always seem appealing to me (click on the image for a larger view):
And here is a nearby group of walnut trees, a place where I have whiled away many an afternoon:
Both photos were taken with an infrared converted Pentax K-10 and Pentax DA 17-70 f4 lens.
I’m repeating myself a little bit here - the twisted little trees were the subject of another IR post in 2008, “Trees in October.” In that case the image was taken with Kodak HIE. And one of the walnut trees was the test subject for a comparison of the IR properties of RM90 and R72 IR filters, in 2007. So I’m repeating myself a little bit here.