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.
Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
Aye! This be one of them just plain fun holidays where ye can let yer inner pirate out ta sail th’ seven seas! An' ye can declare yer love of all things pirate on Talk Like A Pirate Day! There be all kinds of ways ta sail-abrate th’ day…
— Ye can dress in boney-fidey pirate garb. Go ta yer big trunk of old-timey garb you’ve been keepin’ down in the hold fer the past few decades an’ pilfer a few pieces, er eight (a lil’ pirate humor there!) that don’t go together at all an’ wear ‘em inta the office!
— Remember ta practice yer most intimidatin’ pirate voice an make up a few pirate jokes ta share with — or force onta — yer shipmates, whether they be willin’ er naught. I’ll give ye a couple-a mine ta git ye started…
What be a pirate’s fav’rite flower?
What camera do a pirate favor ta shoot with?
An’ what lens do a pirate favor ta shoot with?
How much booty fer a good pair of pirate earrings?
— Get some of yer fav’rite shipmates an’ go ta mid-day grub-n-grog, an’ carry on right through happy hour, an’ impaired hour, an’ right on up ‘til the witchin’ hour. After all, pirates arrrr their own man — er woman — an’ answer ta no one! But, beware, cuz the las’ mate standin’ gets the tab!
Not sure about bein’ a Pirate, arrrr ye? Need more convincin’? Need a good, sound reason fer ye ta be boardin’ the good ship I Don’t Give A Crap an’ wager it all on a long shot at the fame an’ fortune ta be won at the risk of yer continued service on the fair ship Don’t Be Rash? Well, here be a couple of good ones:
— You’ll gain instant respect — or ridicule (they be jealous!) — from yer shipmates fer yer daring-do! An’ yer cap’n will prob-ly give ye a promotion ta Chief Gangplank Inspector!
— When ye do sign on with a new crew on a new ship, ye can put ‘bilingual’ on yer resume; after all, ye do speak fluent Pirate!
Me thanks ye fer visitin’, me Hearty,
— Cap’n Cantankerous the Cranky
P.s. So, get yer Pirate-a-tude all stirred up an’ set sail fer a glorious day of chivalry an’ rivalry! Thars glory an’ booty just a-waitin’ out thar fer ye ta plunder an’ loot! Grab fer yerselfs all th’ bounty ye can carry! An’ don’ fergit ta regale us with tales of yer escapades an’ adventures so’s we can all share an’ comment on each others’ lies… er… Tall Tales!
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.