YashicaMat, 14 June 2011


As you may have surmised from many of my previous posts. I happen to like photographing trees…and in black & white. This post turned out, by happy accident, to feature nothing but black & white trees…I didn’t plan on this post including five photos of trees, but well. Sometimes, things randomly work out in odd ways. Anyways, without further ado, here are the photos.

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 Twisted01B

YashicaMat CHI Acros100 Twisted02B

YashicaMat CHI TMax100 ByThePond01B

YashicaMat CHI TMax100 ByThePond02B

YashicaMat CHI TMax100 ByThePond03B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park
Camera: YashicaMat EM
Lens: Yashica Yashinon 80mm f/3.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (Photos 1 & 2); Kodak TMax 100 (Photos 3, 4, & 5)

Photos 1 & 2:
The first two photos are, again, from the same tree I’ve mentioned a few other times before; as you may well infer, I’m quite enamored of the tangled mass of branches. Amusingly enough, I’ve seen the tree with full leaf cover now that spring has transitioned into summer, and I think it loses something with all those leaves; from my perspective, anyways, the primary appeal of the tree is the mass of tangled, twisted branches, which are really only easily seen when they are devoid of foliage.

Photo 3:
This tree trunk sits on the east side of the North Pond in Lincoln Park (the North Pond, for those of y’all who aren’t familiar with Lincoln Park’s geography, is a large, irregular pond situated in the Park between Diversey & Fullerton on the north and south (respectively) and between Cannon Drive and Lakeview Avenue on the east and west (respectively)); while I suspect its form is the result of interior rot, it sure is amusing to imagine that the tree exploded, and the remaining parts of it slumped over to create the shape you see here. Lightning strike, perhaps? Well, it’s fun to dream, at any rate.

Photo 4:
This is part of a tree stump that is also located adjacent to the North Pond in Lincoln Park. As with the previous photo, I found the texture of the rotting, insect-eaten wood interesting.

Photo 5:
This is just a fairly simple photo of tree branches that bend low enough to sink into the surface of the pond – but hey, check out those reflections in the surface of the pond. Along with trees, I happen to love this sort of look in black & white.



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