Black Oaks of Blue Sky (continued)
There are a group of oak trees in Blue Sky Reserve that have captured my interest for a film project. Blue Sky Reserve is a hiking trail in my home town of Poway, California. Just off the main trail, there's a grove of black oaks that suffered significant damage in one of our recent wildfires.
The oak grove is in a little valley off the trail that has a magical appeal. The early morning and late afternoon light creates some haunting scenes that I'm attempting to capture in a project. Given that I'm still gaining experience with film, this project has some hits and misses, but the various results are giving me feedback on what works and what doesn't. I've got quite a few images already covering a fairly small subject area in terms of the size of the grove itself. The changing conditions are really driven by the light and not the subjects which are definitely "planted." Sorry, please forgive the pun. I am doing this project only for myself, not to please anyone else. Let's face it, trees aren't the most interesting of subjects. The fact is, I'm enjoying doing this project for some personal, inexplicable reason. Its really the challenge of capturing the essence of this place.
There is a lot of new growth in a meadow of oak trees devastated by wildfire. The signs are clear but the scars won't be healed for many, many years...perhaps decades.
These were taken this past Sunday in the late part of the afternoon. I used the Rolleiflex 2.8f with Ilford HP5+ film. The negatives were the result of hand processing using Ilfosol 3 developer with a 1:9 dilution at 20° celsius for 6:30 minutes. Agitation was constant for the first minute and then three agitations every minute thereafter. One issue I'm trying to overcome with recent negatives are some white hairline streaks and some white spotting. I'm not sure if this is a result of agitation or of the developer. These don't show any of that and I haven't post processed these except for minor adjustments. Scanning is via my Epson V850 flatbed scanner.
As always, thanks for stopping by.