NEW: BWCA BARK PHOTO SERIES

February 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

New image series: BWCA Bark

 At the Slow Photography Movement, we recently ran a challenge where we asked photographers to show us their best texture images. The results were incredible, and I encourage you to check out the Textures Gallery there! This inspired me to take a look at these tree bark images, which I had photographed last summer in the BWCA, but had not gotten around to editing. For a more in depth look at the story and technical information behind these images, check out my new article there.

BWCA Bark 4BWCA Bark 4 Partly because this trip was under unyielding blue skies and direct sun, I found myself looking for smaller scenes to photograph. I got up on this particular morning originally intending to capture reflections in the perfectly still waters by our campsite. However, the way in which the light was accentuating the texture of the trees quickly caught my attention, and I spent over an hour looking at endless trees, watching the light move across them, revealing beautiful textures and fleeting moments of intense color. 
BWCA Bark 4BWCA Bark 4

Although going into the BWCA involves bringing a very limited amount of gear, I was glad I opted to bring my telephoto and circular polarizer (for glare control) to this trip. And, of course, my tripod, which was critical for focus stacking. 
BWCA Bark 5BWCA Bark 5A detail of tree bark in the BWCAW, Minnesota.

 

Technical Information

All these images were captured between 188 and 260mm and apertures between f/8 and f/14. These apertures were selected based on the depth of field I was aiming to capture (as the trunks curve away), trying to find the balance between focus stacking and lens diffraction. Much more information on these images is provide on my article at the Slow Photography Movement website. 

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