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.