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Fallen Tree in Richmond Park by ash Fallen Tree in Richmond Park by ash
Picture the scene. Me in grey utility pants, olive green sleeveless vest, green camera bag at my waist, and tripod bag over my shoulder, stalking deer in the blazing sun on the great rolling grasslands of South West London. Keeping to the long grass, staying downwind, treading softly in the underbrush so as not to alert the prey. But precious little closeup deer action, even with my trusty 300mm.

Then I spot this fallen tree downwind from the herd and think, now there's a good hideout, let's fall back, and maybe a deer or two will wander past. I set up my tripod and wait. A couple of minutes go past as the sun beats down and the deer mill around uselessly at the other end of a long stretch of open savanah. Then suddenly, I notice the tree...

Richmond Park, London, October 2002
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 100 Acros, spot metered, lab, scanned neg
Criticism welcome
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Valeni Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
wow how weird, my name is ash and i took a picture of this very tree. Its so beautiful :)
insipidly-wicked Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
I know this piece of wood, in this park.
I've climbed on it.
Love the textures.
Beautiful pic.
misteriddles Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2002   Photographer
Good shot of one of my fave subjects, Ash.

Scientist V Priest?

Both are valid, of course; and combining the two (in intent if not methodology) makes for that sumthin' special.

I have a thing for dead logs and trunks. I have many pics of them, but none I'd feel confident uploading here (wrong time of day is my usual excuse: I'm never up early enough and rarely am I out walking at dusk).
lightningbolt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002   Photographer
Nice, I like the twisted rooks darkly contrasted with the lighter straighte trunk. Could tell a story just like that :-) (Smile)
narang99 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
i mean the wright side is abit to light side
narang99 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
yes, man, i like, you show alot of skill in your work!
But i hope your not selling out!
Rember jounlism!!!!
he he hei love the shadows, the only thing i would complain, about is it's slight to light, i would love to play with this neagtive in the daroom, printed on fine paper, a litter darker, and it would make an amazing print.
ash Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
Thanks vittorio. I like what you say about those two different styles of photography: tripod based landscape shots where form and technique can be practiced at length, and street photography and photojournalism where there's no time to think and only time to act. But to be honest I'm in love with both types. I agree that the first is probably better training ground, and I'm enjoying it for that.

I can see Adams wouldn't appeal to everyone, but I like his methodological approach. To me he's more the scientist than the priest. I wouldn't want to limit my photography to always being technical and precise, but I think there's something to be gained from that having a good feel for those details. The theme of those books (I've only read The Negative), for me, is that with a deep and practiced understanding of the technical side of photography, you are liberated to think creatively without worrying about the technical details. Without the technical understanding you can think just as creatively, but the results will tend to be hit and miss.

I don't think Adam's work can be summed up as being in the right place at the right time. I do agree a lot of his success has to do with being very close to his subject and spending an enormous amount of time (decades)photographing it, but he also had a great intuitive understanding of light and composition, a lot of patience, and a very deep, technical and practical understanding of technique, which shows in his technically flawless pictures.
verunec Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
Haha. Throw away that book, Ash, and go back in the jungle (London) to shot the animals rofl

No, it's a joke. It's a great exercise what you're doing here. Tripod and still subjects are the best stuff to learn about a film exposure, to 'assume' the art of composition and to joy the photography.
I think this kind of photography it's like to 'caress' with Mozart. But to take snapshots it's like to 'live' the Jazz: intuition, instinct, improvisation. Damn! I love Jazz ;) (Wink)
Seriously, I own the Adams 'trilogy' (camera, negative, printing) but I learnt to hate them soon. You said I'm a perfectionist. Well if I'm a perfectionist Adams is a paranoid schizophrenic!! Naaah. It's too much for me. It's like a theology and Adams is a priest of photography.

As concern this picture, I agree with the criticism above. But the major lack, I think, is the lighting: probably the good way to take this picture is to get the root or completely dark against a lumionous background, or the inverse. The great merit of A. Adams is that he seems to be always in the right place at the right time. Just like a street photographer. Bizarre, eh?
ladida Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
love it.. more comments later, i'm really in a hurry ;-) (Wink)
ash Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
Yes I also think the focus could be better on the roots -- actually I have another version of the same shot which might be better. I focussed on the grain of the trunk on the right but all in all I could have done with more depth of field, god knows there was enough light.

The trunk is also possibly slightly overexposed, very high contrast situation with bright bright sunlight on the trunk and deep shadows.

Yeah I'm entirely thrilled with the new Acros film, I can't wait to try some more. Neopan 400 is a great general all-rounder but it'll be great to be able to whip out the 100 Acros when the light allows it. And of course for those Adams-style tripod-based f16 landscape shots *eyes watering*
khalil Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
Couldn't see the trees for the wood huh.
Well spotted.
There are some amazing shapes in that root ball.
I like this new film. Good for landscapes and detail work. Perhaps I am a grainophobe myself in some cases.

Is it just me or is the focus a bit out on the root stucture?
pixiegal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002  Professional General Artist
very nice capture. it makes me think back my dad took a pic of me on this kind of this big trunk.

I really love how's the light created the wonderful shadow on the trunk. it makes it more details and the shadows of dimension.
bozaman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002
terrific shot.

i love the contrast and overall composition on this. very nice.
jmcc Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002
Whoah. I didn't even see anything special for second; then the scene in the middle jumped out at me through the hole in the tree. Actually made me twitch.

Great shot.
mcismowski Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002
cool wood. makes me wonder how that hole got there.
dougbtn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002  Professional Photographer
Nice story Ash, I agree, the tree is a star. Deer are smelly anyway and I have never forgiven Bambis Mum for dying.
redux Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
the contrast, framing and detail in this are just perfect, and the story in your description was fantabulous ! i just pictured you like that guy from crocodile hunter...crikey ! what a beaut ! a fav as well, methinks...:D (Big Grin)
king-kong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002   Photographer
^^^^ I Agree

awesome find, nice picture, great contrast
ride Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002   Photographer
great story.
even better photo ;) (Wink)

nice work
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