Behind the Lens

Behind the Lens gives you an inside look at the 5 newest shots from Big Tree Images.  A series of 5 images will be released every Friday and accompanied by all the spicy details!  Location, camera, settings, and processing will all be highlighted to give you a better chance to step behind the lens!

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It's the first Big Tree Blog!  Every Friday, you'll find 5 new images here.  Each will include a detailed description from the eyes behind the lens and some random bits of dry humor/Caddyshack references.  Comment, share, swear if you like...  Welcome and here goes nothing!  


Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro TL     Lens: Sekor C 45mm w/ ND 10 Stop Filter     Film: Fuji Acros 100 Film developed in XTol 1:1     Settings: f2.8 @ 30 Seconds  

The first image of the first Big Tree Blog has quickly ascended the ranks to favorite status.  Wahtum Lake, OR seems to grant travelers sight after sight and something about Wahtum on a foggy day puts down what I like to pick up!  This image was frozen in time using a Mamiya 645 Pro TL - medium format film camera with a wide (45mm) lens and an ND 10 stop filter.  An ND filter will block out enough light to force your hand into long exposures that give a chance for motion to show its face in elements of wind and water.  This particular day brought fog so thick that Wahtum and the squeeze from the ridges surrounding it seemed to melt into the void of clouds.


C: Mamiya 645 Pro TL     L: Sekor C 80mm     F: Ilford PanF 50 developed in HC-110 dilution B S: f11 @ 1/125

Our second image comes straight from the Southeastern corner of Oregon, smack dab in the middle of the Alvord Desert.  Close friends had spoken of it yet I resisted the call for over a year and was somehow still surprised with its beauty.  The Alvord is so vast that miles upon miles of playa floor can be covered (at increasingly reckless speed) without the need of one degree in adjustment to your steering wheel.  This fact made chasing giant clouds exhilarating as they rolled through and provided even more contrast to the play between light playa and dark mountains.      

C: Sony a6000     L: Sony 70-200 Kit (yes, kit lenses aren't terrible...)     S: f/11 @ 1/250

Timber my Timber!  The Idaho Panhandle seems to come alive when Spring rolls around.  Disappearing snow levels and freshly blooming flowers make taking in the views from Trestle Creek enjoyable for those with 4 legs or 2.  Forthcoming storms typically provide a dramatic sky and high winds accompany the calm.  A faster shutter speed was required to maintain detail in the electric(ish) green grass and hints of budding purple sneak their way around.

C: Mamiya 645 Pro TL     L: Sekor C 45mm w/ ND 10 Stop Filter     F: Fuji Acros 100 developed in XTol 1:1     S: f22 @ 4 minutes

Another shot this week that was better with motion!  The sky appears to slide across the space between South Sister and Broken Top near Bend, OR.  The ND filter also allowed calm to build even when a light wind rippled through the water.  All hail ND!  

C: Mamiya 645 Pro TL     L: Sekor C 150mm     F: Fuji Acros 100 developed in XTol 1:1     S: f16 @ 1/30

This fifth and final installment of the first blog comes from Abiqua Falls near Portland, OR.  Large stacks of columnar basalt, constantly dusted with water from the falls, gave immense contrast against the rushing white of water.  Symmetry and blocky shapes can be hard to find in such a natural setting but as we all know from the first Jurassic Park, "life, uh, finds a way".  Setting the shutter at 1/30th of a second allowed water to fall down the frame and swirl around the waiting pool.