Week 13, The Trees

I had planned to do a home-brew club meeting and brewery tour this week, but life got in the way.  So I decided to try some different shooting of the trees that surround me.  I took my Olympus OM-2n with a Zuiko 35-105mm/3.5-4.5 lens.  It has a ‘Close focus’ option, which is kind of a macro, but unless I am using it wrong does not work like my dedicated macros.  In order to focus I had to zoom in and out.  The focus ring seemed to make no discernible difference.

I ran two rolls this week, a self-wound roll of Ultrafine Xtreme 400 B&W which I developed in Rodinal 1+100, semi-stand.  Gentle inversions the first ~30 secs, then 3-4 inversions at 20 mins and another 3-4 at 40 mins, 1 hour total, more or less at 20C (probably started at 22 and cooled down some).  I purposely overexposed these B&W shots some and then had to do some level adjustment after scanning.  The other roll is an expired Fuji Super-G 400, expiration date of 11/1999, lab developed and scanned at my local film lab.  With some other rolls of this (I bought a lot of 20), I’ve gotten some funky colors, but this roll looked great.  With the birch shots I was trying to capture that silvery look in B&W, and did on a couple shots, but the color really impressed me.  I like how my featured shot turned out.

Rock-n-roots, 1

Rock-n-roots, 1

Rock-n-roots, 2

Rock-n-roots, 2

White Birch (Betula papyrifera), base

White Birch (Betula papyrifera), base

White Birch (Betula papyrifera), closeup

White Birch (Betula papyrifera), closeup

White Birch (Betula papyrifera), color

White Birch (Betula papyrifera), color

Diff white birch, detail

Diff white birch, detail

Unknown Tree, color

Unknown Tree, color

Unknown Tree, B&W, diff side

Unknown Tree, B&W, diff side

Beech, kiss the sky

Beech, kiss the sky

After missing out on getting a shot of a Pileated Woodpecker a week or so ago, I now always bring my camera whenever I walk to the road to check the mail.  I caught my friendly neighbor perched on a broken tree not more than 20 feet (maybe 6-7 meters) away.  And I only had my B&W film loaded.  Well, snap away in any event.  Glad I can see in color, this guy blends right in with B&W (shot is a bit mangled exposure, I had to shoot quick before he flew off).

Red-tailed Hawk.

Red-tailed Hawk.

Red-tailed Hawk, crop

Red-tailed Hawk, crop

And we finally have most of our snow melted away, just a few remaining spots and piles where the sun can’t quite get to them.

Melt

Melt

I’ll be playing with either Portra 800 or CineStill this next week as I have some plans to meet up with some friends from university.  I also finally got a scanner that can handle large format negs, so I might play with that as well.

11 thoughts on “Week 13, The Trees

    • Thanks Ginger. I only get a chance in Spring/Fall to get good light on them since the forest is too dense in summer or the low winter light is not strong enough. I’ve probably walked by this tree a hundred times and never really ‘saw’ it. Funny how this project makes me see daily things differently.

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  1. What a tribute! And a fine dedication to the arbor world!
    Thank you so much! Your work is much appreciated.

    Cheerz to you and yours! 🙂 Peace and luvz, Uncle Tree

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