The broken texture of a tree branch Fuji X10 at 7mm f/2.5 1/125 ISO 1000
Sometimes the most beautiful things in our lives are right there in front of us, brilliant and flashy and colourful; sometimes they are hidden in the shadows, or under a pile of rotting leaves. Seeing those things requires both our eyes and mind that is willing to search.
I was standing around waiting for the sun to move from behind a cloud so that it would give me some wonderful light for a row of brilliant red maples that I wanted to photograph. It seems as though when I go out to take pictures I am either rushing to catch the light or waiting for it, or wishing it would be better. On this day I though to myself, ‘you are a photographer don’t just stand there, make an image.’ I started to look around and I saw a tree branch that had made some very interesting textures and shapes as it emerged from the trunk. I started to imagine it in black and white and I wanted to get in really close so that the texture would be very apparent. The Fuji X10 has a pretty decent macro mode so I turned it on and got in nice and close. I was quite happy with how this turned out and the brilliant red maples… the sun came out but I didn’t get anything worth keeping. I’m glad I turned around. (All of photographs from the last three posts were taken within an hour of each other.)