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High contrast oak

I had to pause before making the photograph in todays post. The sunlight was getting increasingly bright when I found the tree and the contrasts of light and shadow were pretty strong – perhaps too much? But it caught my eye and I felt there was a picture to be had. I think I’d have ignored it if I’d been shooting digital (and definitely if I was using slide film!), but I had HP5+ in the camera back and I thought it would handle the extremes.

It didn’t let me down and, despite the dynamic range of the scene, there is still detail in both highlights and shadows.

Out of the coner
These twists of wooden lightning
Spark up from the earth


Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 6 April 2021

2 thoughts on “High contrast oak

  1. It’s good that you trusted your instincts, I don’t think it was too bright (at least for what you used). It’s easy to see which way the wind blows here. Have a good Friday.

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