Sunday, August 12, 2007

toasted forest

Photo copyright 1995 Gazelle

This is an image from Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, taken after a wildfire scorched the hillsides. The Oaks pictured above survived the fire because they are designed to do just that. They lost all of their leaves from the extreme heat, but they were not burned. I took this photograph after the first rain helped the leaves fall and become part of the earth again.

8 comments:

Foulweather... said...

Amazing. A lot of your B+W nature photography looks like a sepia tone... What camera and film do you use?

Gazelle said...

Almost all of my photos were taken with a Nikon N90. I also used a Nikon 6006 and a Pentax Spotmatic 500.

As for film, I experimented a lot. This image was taken with a film I found to be very nice when you didn't mind (or desired) high grain - T Max 3200. I would say the bulk of the B+W images were taken with Tri-X 400, with an assortment of others taken with T Max 400 and Agfapan 25.

The tones you see in the scans are exclusively from the papers used. I tried a lot of different types over the years and some have sepia tones, which I like for certain images.

Patch said...

I know that area. Stunning photo, almost looks like a snowfall.

Gazelle said...

Thanks, Patch.

It is a great area, and after the burn it was magical.

Mick said...

Ditto Foulweather Gazelle.
Amazing shot.. great move doing the B/W...
You shoot professionally don't you?
If not !!!!!!

Gazelle said...

Thanks, Mick. I still shoot professionally on occasion, though more often it's just as a hobby these days - this allows me to shoot what I want, instead of products or silly people.

Mick said...

Start exhibiting...if you're not already. You're not just good. I've been looking at photographers folios for thirty lears... and I lectured art direction for photography at RMIT.( A big uni here)
You've really got something.

Gazelle said...

I've been thinking about exhibiting again recently. I also want to start shooting more again. Thanks for the encouragement, Mick.