18 January 2016
Let me know your response to this panorama of trees. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.
Photography, which is one of humanity’s most ingenious inventions, changed the world of art and reality. Painting, for example, had been a source to record what we experienced, remembered and saw. But that early black-and-white stilled frame set a trajectory that not only changed art history, but virtually every form of human interaction from culture to science.
The evolution of the photographic image has gone through many iterations. Today we are privy to the most extraordinary opportunities to create traditional and non-traditional prints. The digital darkroom is a world of infinite creativity. We can express exactly what we see or our impressions of that visual landscape. While using some similar tools as chemical darkroom processing, image makers can choose to safely play digitally with reality.
In early December as autumnal change in light patterns were more and more evident, I ventured to the White Clay Creek—a preserve of substantial natural wonders that is protected state land. I wanted to meditate with the season’s profusion of leafless trees and flowing waters. I also intended to practice with the panorama feature of my iPhone.
More than two hours had passed, and my meanderings shifted back and forth in my mind. The glow of the afternoon light was dramatic and almost palpable. It gave me pause to be able to witness such luminance amidst wild yet quietly serene splendor.
In the Lens section is an image that captures a panorama of trees that line the banks of the White Clay Creek in Delaware. This location (just five minutes from my home) is part of an expansive system that is available to me. It sweeps through acres of parkland that is home to a myriad of wildlife. It spans the tri-state area (Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania), and one can walk days and not finish exploring.
My mission was to show the effects that these untamed lands offer. And so, I gave the original image a more ephemeral, and, at the same time, ethereal patina. This version of what I “saw” exemplifies the tenuous state of Mother Earth. But it also verifies her abundant force and influence, circling my thoughts as I move through each day.
To wander the evergreen tapestry of the wild is to experience a sublime level of understanding about what is available to us. When venturing into nature’s expanse, what unfolds continually humbles me, rewards me, astonishes me.
Tip of the Week:
“The best in nature photography…records both the object and its setting. It arrests, in its normal surroundings, some form of its life, portraying it in a characteristic moment of its existence. Such pictures possess emotional as well as intellectual impact.” Edwin Way Teale, Photographs of American Nature (1972)
One of the twentieth century’s renown literary naturalist was Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980). He wrote seminal books about American nature. Autumn Across America (1956) is one of his four books devoted to the four seasons. He was an award-winning photographer, scientist and writer, receiving the John Burroughs Metal in 1953 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1966. Read more about Teale here.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.
I love the ethereal expression you have given this photograph. And thanks for making me aware of Edwin Way Teale. Didn’t know anything about him.
My pleasure…thanks so much for your comment.
so ghostly!! love!!
Lovely to hear from you. Thanks so much.
I like all the detail of the trees and the frozen creek.
Maria, thanks so much.
Lovely to hear from you. I appreciate your comment. Enjoy the upcoming week.
Beautiful photo Sally. Is it in inverted colors?
Indira, thanks so much. I converted the image to black and black, and then played with the lighting.
Thanks for sharing your secret.
I’m happy to be helpful.
The picture at the top of the page has the feeling of white brushstrokes on a black canvas
Thank you for your comment and visit.
Beautiful panorama, Sally, expressing the wildness of nature.
Linda, glad that your back. Thanks so much.
Hi Sally. This image does look like a b/w negative. Given your love of developing film, that’s not surprising! I think this image could be printed on a piece of wood or an archival paper that has some rich texture to it. I can just imagine it. And thanks too for the information on Teale. It turns out he lived not far from where I lived in CT. It is a beautiful spot.
Patti, my sensibilities do gravitate to black-and-white photographs. Much of that emanates from layers of the past and present moving into my way of seeing. It also comes from what draws my attention. That’s nice to hear that you have seen the same land as Teale. Happy to introduce him to you.
I always loved the magic of developing…seeing something appear on the blank white paper. I do miss it–as I am sure you do too.
Hi Sally, I have had difficulty to bring up your blog this morning through Wi Fi. Thank you for the link. I really enjoyed your B&W image. 🙂
Amy, thanks so much.
An amazing photo, Sally. It looks like you’ve been in the dark room with this one, making a digital photo harken back to the film days.
Angeline, maybe that is one reason that I am a devotee to black and white. I spent many moons developing and loving it. I appreciate your comment. Thanks.
The light seems to stand out much more and becomes the ‘center stage” in your photo. To me it creates an hauntingly otherworldly image. I like the dramatic effect.
Thank you for your comment and visit. I appreciate your response to the light-filled panorama.
Sally it’s always my pleasure to visit your blog. You write fabulously and your photographs are amazing. Connie
Connie, I’m humbled and moved by your comment. Enjoy your week. Thanks so much.
Mother nature is so beautiful. It’s why I go walking every day because I never know what I’m going to find. Glad I found your link up and take part in it today. It was a lot of fun. Thanks for the tips. 🙂
It’s a joy to have you join the challenge’s photo community. We share a devotion to Mother Nature. Take a chance to view some other posts to read other tips. Thanks so much.
I def will. I’m looking forwards to seeing what others are doing.
The panorama view adds some mystery and atmosphere to the image – there is more to see – it looks like an infrared image that was so popular in the 90’s when I was experimenting in the darkroom.
Raewyn, the light was powerful that day, and I took advantage of that effect in the post-processing. I appreciate your comment. Thanks.
The image is so brimming with energy, Sally – as if you’re revealing the usually unobserved nervous system of plant life.
Tish, I’m humbled that you “see” those references in my image. Thanks.
The panorama speaks also of the fierceness of nature, the wild untamed not sublime or pretty. True wonder and beauty.
Carol, I appreciate your response to my photograph. Thanks.
Good morning, Sally. I like the panoramic format of your photo. When you combine it with your editing it looks almost like a negative image and that caused me to pause and do the ‘reverse edit’ in my head—filling in the elements with what they would look like in a straight B&W. It focused my attention.
Here is my entry for the week: http://wp.me/p24idL-3Fx
Allan, I thought about posting the original, then decided to let the image speak for itself. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
It speaks volumes, Sally.
Your panoramic is mysterious. At first glance it looked like a shot gathered with a night vision camera. It drew me and I followed along the picture from left to right, trying to see what was there, what was hiding. And the larger trees that showed in white were symbolic as night vision shows the heat signatures of life…they are the life of the forest as well as the earth from which they grow. Great shot and story.
Nato, your thoughtful response to the mysteries of nature warms my morning. I know that you and I share a reverence for Mother Nature. Thanks so much.
Thanks! I do love and respect Mother Nature. She is quite magical, mysterious and powerful. And, I sure don’t want to be in her wrath!
Exactly, see you soon.
A happy Monday and Martin Luther King Day to you, Sally. Maybe the latter makes this an appropriate day for the black and white challenge. Your photo, with its harmonious use of the two colors working seamlessly together to create a very different feeling than the original, is an apt metaphor for what Dr. King strove for and for what so many of us are still striving for, even while we enjoy the fruits of the labor of him and so many others. We’re not all the way there, but we’re much further along than we were.
Janet, I’m touched by your ability to relate my photograph to Dr. King’s mission and work. Thank you for your insights.