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Still life photographs of sycamore bark

Still life photographs of sycamore bark

This video tells the backstory on how I decided to photograph curls of sycamore bark

This was my attempt to make lemons into lemonade. My landscape photography outing wasn’t paying off — midday light was too harsh on the treelined stream I was trying to shoot — so I began looking for alternative ideas to photograph.

That’s when I noticed all the curled pieces of sycamore bark that were scattered all around the riverbank area. I gathered a selection of interesting pieces and brought them back to make still life studies.

I’m not really sure if I like the results or not, but I think it’s important to experiment and consider new ideas and subjects.

Photographs from the day

This is the landscape nearby --  beautiful area above the stream.
This is the landscape nearby — beautiful area above the stream.
Trying to decide how to photograph something like this
Trying to decide how to photograph something like this
The large, flat strip of bark rolled into a tube en route back to the studio
The large, flat strip of bark rolled into a tube en route back to the studio
 I kinda like this
 I kinda like this 
There are beautiful details in the textures on the high-resolution version of this one
There are beautiful details in the textures on the high-resolution version of this one

There are beautiful details in the textures on the high-resolution version of this one

Thanks for reading!

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~ Keith

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