Can I Touch It?
For the past two years, I have the above image displayed within my booth as a 12×18 Dura Plaq print.
This image of the relatively close-up of the Ponderosa tree bark constantly commands the visitor’s attention.
As displayed, the depth of the image really “pops off” the paper. Visitors will study it, many looking at it sideways wondering what is creating the depth and texture.
It is not uncommon to have people ask if they can touch the print.
Without hesitation, I encourage anyone who wishes to touch this print to go ahead and do so.
Doing so, of course, confirms it is a two dimensional print, which only further amplifies their amazement.
The manner in which I develop the image in Lightroom and then print it, truly draws out the depth of the image. (Yes, it really is only 2-D).
This print truly is a conversation piece, and one that captures the viewer’s attention.
When composing this image, I wanted to capture a close-up of the bark, but not a macro close-up.
A macro close-up (which I love to do) would have narrowed the amount of bark available in the image.
Rather, I wanted to capture three or more vertical lines within the bark to help give it depth.
I also wanted to capture the depth of the bark in-between the dark lines. In this area, the bark is not flat (like the smooth aspen), but rather multi-dimensional.
Notice the small hills and valleys within the Ponderosa bark. To me, it was this area that really needed to be brought out in the image.
Interestingly, I took this image both in the horizontal and vertical format. In the field, I thought the vertical format would the better of the two. Once on my computer, for me, it was the horizontal image that won out
File ID: PHP_IMG_13447
1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 L II USM
focal length 200 mm
ISO 50, 0.6 second, f/25
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado