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!

It's hot out there!

The past few weeks have seen some temperatures ranging from 90 to ridiculous in the Northwest.  That's all the more reason to catch what mother nature has to offer during the time when it offers its best.  Get out early or stay out late!  These 5 shots come to you from the edge of the Palouse in Cheney, heart of the Palouse in somewhere I likely couldn't find again, Sparks Lake near Bend, near the Northwestern most point in the lower 48 on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and the spot of a likely and timely tire change in the Alvord Desert of Southeastern Oregon.  

Camera: Mamiya 645 ProTL     L: Sekor C 150mm     F: Ilford PanF 50     S: f/4 @ 1/250

I have too many pictures of my dogs and I just don't care.  This shot was taken at the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge near Cheney, WA on a very cold and very windy day in February.  The deer were baiting the dogs into inquisitive poses and for that I thank them!  One of my favorite outcomes of the longer 150 lens is its ability to compress the background of an image and with shorter depth of field, Timber really stands out.  

C: Mamiya 645 ProTL     L: Sekor C 80mm w/r25 filter   F: Ilford PanF 50     S: f/22 @ 1/15

The Palouse begs you to wander and for a landscape so catastrophically formed, symmetry reigns!  This shot is a lesson in never just giving up on an image because it wasn't what you thought would appear on film.  It's a bit harsh, and carries a near metallic feel but the play between the left and right fields is, well if nothing else, interesting...

C: Mamiya 645 ProTL     L: Sekor C 45mm w/ ND 10 Stop filter   F: Velvia 50     S: f/22 @ 4 minutes

At first glance, all appears normal...  But is that water too calm for its own good?  Blame the ND filter.  Letting in 10 stops less light allows for ripples and almost any other movement in the water to be absorbed into a sharp reflection.  Plus it's just awesome when you open a shutter and know you have 4ish minutes where the only task is chilling.

C: Mamiya 645 ProTL     L: Sekor C 45mm     F: Ilford PanF 50     S: f/22 @ 1/8

The sun was pretty much gone, I was exhausted from driving, and this angle was only accessible from slippery rocks with jagged edges but it was just too interesting!  How may storms have those lonely little trees seen and survived?    

C: Mamiya 645 ProTL     L: Sekor C 45mm     F: Ilford PanF 50     S: f/11 @ 1/125

Those that have seen the Alvord Desert in person know how ridiculous and out of place this thing is...  Go home tire, you're drunk.  Just days before this tire was covered in an inch or two of water that spread miles upon miles of the playa floor and I was just lucky enough to stumble upon it headed for home.  Granted, I need to circle back after slowing from a speed of 110 but I found it again!