Twisting and Turning

(Camera: Nikon FE; Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8; Film: Kodak T-MAX 100)

I love trees.  I find the endless variety of their shapes and textures fascinating and, without getting all anthropomorphic here, I’m  struck by how often their features suggest the human body.  It seems somehow appropriate that our arms and legs and the branches of trees are all called “limbs.”

I stumbled upon this oddly twisted and contorted example one evening while walking along French Beach, here on Vancouver Island. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to photograph it, but discovering the optimal framing took some time. I walked back and forth, and approached it from all different angles before taking this photo. Although I made one additional exposure, my  subsequent attempts at reframing resulted in less satisfying compositions.  It turns out my first go was the only one that really worked.

This print required a little burning and a touch of dodging to help separate the subject from the rather busy background. No cropping was needed — the scan displayed here is essentially full-frame.

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