Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
One of the things I routinely like to photograph is tree bark. It offers such variety in texture, color, and scale. Bark is ever-changing and you can capture really great images all year long, in all kinds of weather conditions.
There so much variety in bark — the peeling, the cracking, the swirling patterns, smooth and rough patches, intersecting veins, and the amazing colors when the light hits it just right.
I have a favorite tree that I found one year while hiking in Mason Neck State Park in Virginia. I have been revisiting this same tree for several years now.
The tree was a dual-trunked specimen and it split in two, with each half falling in opposite directions. It has been amazing to revisit this tree to view the changes, the decomposition, the fungus, and the new weathering bark and wood patterns that have developed. Now, several years later, I’m still finding new, intriguing sections to photograph.
Since I always shoot macro and close-up images, another great advantage to photographing bark is that you can shoot in any wind conditions. Unheard of for macro! (If that bark is waving in the wind then you’ve got bigger problems than just getting a great shot!)
Here are a few tips and things for you to try when photographing bark.
Speaking of all things bark — this month at the Workhouse Art Center you can see my un-official showing All About the Bark. I have images of: Chinese Elm, River Birch, Royal Palm, the afore-mentioned fallen tree, and more. Hope you drop by for a visit, now through October 2nd.
Thank You for visiting,
P.s. What’s your favorite subject matter? Why do you find this subject to be so interesting? What difficulties to shooting does it present? Share with us, we’d love to hear about your experiences.
I am a Virginia-based photographer and gather my images while hiking in parks and natural areas here at home and in the locations I travel to. I also love to visit arboretums and botanic gardens to find unusual and exotic subjects.