Wordy Wednesday #226 “A Tree is a Tree is a Tree”

“I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree.”—Joyce Kilmer

bryce.treeSilent film pioneer Mack Sennett once famously said that “a rock is a rock is a rock” when talking about why he was shooting his fledgling comedies in the village of Edendale, California that’s now part of Echo Park. His idea was that it didn’t matter where you were filming because a tree is just a tree not matter where it’s photographed.

I like to photograph trees. Maybe because I enjoy infrared photography (please see this coming Friday’s post) or maybe I just like trees.

A few years ago I was attending an outing with a group of photographers in Bryce Canyon and after a day’s shooting one of the attendees came up to me after I has just made this very photograph and asked, “why are you photographing trees? Every time I turn around you’re shooting another tree.” What I tried to explain to him was the simple fact that I’m not a landscape photographer, never have been and don’t claim to be. I have great admiration for real landscape photographers such as Mark Muench, who was with us during this trip but I just don’t have the mindset (and maybe the skills) real landscape photographer, like Muench have. But I like to photograph trees and so I do.

This tree photographed on the edge of the canyon was captured with a Pentax K100 and smc Pentax-DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL lens (at 24mm) with an exposure of 1/350 sec at f/6.7 and ISO 400. It was processed first in Silver Efex Pro and then Color Efex Pro to add the warm tone.

Author: Joe Farace

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