Woven, 27 January 2011


Remember in my last post how I mentioned other interesting photographic opportunities afforded by the Norfolk Botanical Gardens? Well, this is one of ’em!



Photo Information:

Location: Norfolk, Virginia; Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid (Black & White conversion in post-processing)

As sometimes happens to me, I literally stumbled across these shots quite at random. I was just walking by a row of these trees, and I happened to pass by at just the right angle to notice that when they’re “stacked” up, the trunks look a bit like they’re woven together like some massive basket. Okay, maybe not quite woven, but the overlapping effect does tend to make the layering of the trees rather interesting. It’s also a decent example of a shot that works a bit better in winter than during other seasons; during spring and summer, the upper branches of these trees would be covered with leaves, which might tend to distract from the uniformity of the overlapping elements. Of course, one could get around that by creative cropping, too, but it’s easier if the leaves aren’t there, in the first place!

Regarding the black and white conversion, I pushed the contrast a bit further than it was in the original, mostly because if I didn’t, the tonal range would look rather flat…and nobody likes that, right? I also think the stronger contrast helps to highlight each of the individual trunks and branches, which (I think) adds to the intensity of the layering effect.



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