I spent some more time at Blue Sky Reserve in Poway, my home town this past weekend. I'm gathering some images to see if I can get enough good ones to pull them together as a project.
These oaks were in the path of a major brush fire a few years ago and are just now beginning to recover. There are new tree seedlings sprouting on the meadow floors. New life is definitely making an appearance.
However, the singed, black oaks are predominant and are the prime target for my potential project. At first I looked for order in the chaos. But as I have come to know the area, the chaos is predominant in any composition I've found so far. So, I'm just going with it for now and embracing it. The fire created this disorder and I'm feeling that I should go along with it.
Simplicity isn't finding a place in these shots which makes this project a bit risky and difficult. I had my 28mm Elmarit with me and tried to use it but the front hood and lens facia fell off! I wasn't able to use it and had to send it off to Leica for repair today. So with the limitation of the 50mm, I went for many vertical perspectives that captured the height of the trees. I also used my Sekonic light meter foregoing the MP's meter.
I am feeling the connection with the black and white theme, Tri-x is the perfect film for these images. These trees, even in their distress are hauntingly beautiful. I'm falling in love with them.
All images are with the Leica MP, 50mm summicron on Kodak Tri-X 400. I processed the negatives in HC-110 developer.
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As always, thanks for reading!