There are some tree bark immediately captures my attention.
Red pine is one such tree.
Along the eastern shoreline of Trout Lake, between a small rural road and the lake, are numerous red and white pines.
Image for a short moment standing beneath these tall spires, the soft breeze off the lake gently moving their silent needles.
That scene, complete with its associated sensory permeations, enters my mind every time I see the red pine.
Naturally In Alignment
As I drove slowly along this rural road, each bend brought forth a different angle of the pines.
One curve, in particular, allowed the shoreline pines to align themselves. No separation appeared between each trunk.
Seeking Out The Image
Parking the car carefully off the road (basically the road is surrounded by the forest), I sought to recapture what I had just witnessed from the moving car.
With camera and tripod, I carefully backed down the road, moving about, seeking to find the alignment.
It was almost mid-day, and soon the sun would be overhead, no longer shaded by the nearby forest. It was necessary to find this location without delay.
After taking a few test images, I found the location I was seeking. The almost overhead sun was still being filtered by the surrounding forest, offering gentle illumination to parts of the trunks.
The tall pines stood stoically together, as if placed specifically for my benefit.
Wouldn’t you agree this image would make a great vertical print?
For this image, rather than taking a macro close-up of the pine bark – as I have done previously — my goal was to isolate one trunk against the others.
All of tree trunks needed to – ideally – be of similar size and color.
To display the texture of the red pine bark, I chose to have the closest trunk in complete focus, purposely blurring the remaining using a shallow depth of field.
This allowed the first trunk to “pop off” the page by itself.
Had all red pine trunks been in focus, a flatter image with less perspective of depth, would have been available.
The shadows aid in the depth of the image. The focused trunk utilizes both filtered sunlight and shadows to bring out the texture of the tree bark.
This image looks very good in black and white also.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14497
1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 L II USM
focal length 200mm
ISO 50, 1/25 second, f/6.3
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Trout Lake, near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin