Long Story Short

Yet another tree from our always-differently-amazing Horehronie (the region in mid Slovakia for those who might not know) garden. I am actually incredibly grateful to couple of friends from lightharmony who have been showing me around for years now and my fascination of the place is endless ever since I first time took my way through marvelous little hills high above villages. However, I can't say that I always connect to the subject I would wish to photograph for some reason, and this specific tree was not particularly chatty when it came to the communication between the two of us in the past. You sure know the feeling when you see something beautiful to shoot but somehow do not feel any way is the right way to do it.

  Capture: Long Story Short, Camera: Linhof Techno, Lens: Rodenstock 90mm, Film: Fuji Velvia 50, Filters: Lee ND Graduated 0.6, Lee ND 0.9, Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer, Exposure & Aperture: Unrecorded

Capture: Long Story Short, Camera: Linhof Techno, Lens: Rodenstock 90mm, Film: Fuji Velvia 50, Filters: Lee ND Graduated 0.6, Lee ND 0.9, Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer, Exposure & Aperture: Unrecorded

Now you can see why. I can hardly imagine any bigger cliche in landscape photography than a sole tree standing against the sky. Even if we omit that this sky possesses some interesting quality and even a "Z" shape as one of my friends noted. But, looking at the profile of the tree-top here in correlation with the land below, can it be shot differently? In any other angle or with a different lens, there was always something that stood in the way. Hence I returned to the most obvious position asking the question 'to shoot or not to shoot'. Having had my new toy, Linhof Techno and having seen Ota trying hard with his gorgeous Ebony, I did what I thought would be just a technical exercise. Which is by the way always a lottery with Velvia. But honestly, and despite what I said above, I remained surprised that I quite liked the result. The chestnut tree is finally speaking to me the language I understand when I'm around. This is how I feel the place when I'm normally leaving it without an attempt, long after the last sun had set down...

And yes, without speaking to him, I love to see Ota has done it similar way but our means of communications are so different that we actually created two supplementing results.