White Birches


Birches, Bridgewater, Connecticut © Steven Willard

I had been keeping my eye on this stand of birch trees, waiting for a day when the light was just right. I wanted soft light coming in low enough to give even illumination  but still highlight  the edges of the trunks. I don’t know why I thought the day would come when everything would fall into place, or why I thought there would be a photograph there; I just did.

It’s fun to happen upon a photograph ready for the making, but more often for me it’s a matter of waiting and remembering to be  in a certain spot when the circumstances will be just right. I think it must be a gift photographers have. There all kinds of things I am likely to forget, but my anniversary, my wife’s birthday, and potential picture locations are not among them.  My wife remembers where she has eaten a really good meal but not how to get there, while I remember where there are clean public restrooms. It’s a good partnership.

Pentax K10D, 35mm macro lens. Processed in Photoshop CS4 and converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro2.


One comment on “White Birches

  1. Marc Isolda says:

    Who’s trees these are I think I know!!!!!


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