“A Tree is a Tree is a Tree”

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

“I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree.”—Joyce Kilmer

Silent film pioneer Mack Sennett once famously said that “a rock is a rock is a rock” when explaining why he was shooting his fledgling comedies in the village of Edendale, California that’s now part of Echo Park. His concept was that it didn’t matter where you were filming because a tree is just a tree not matter where it’s photographed.

I like to photograph trees. Maybe because I enjoy infrared photography or maybe I just like trees.

A few years ago I was attending an outing with a group of photographers in Bryce Canyon and after a day’s shooting one of the attendees came up to me after I has just made the photograph at right and asked, “why are you photographing trees? Every time I turn around you’re shooting another tree.” What I tried to explain to him was the simple fact that I’m not a landscape photographer, never have been and don’t claim to be one. I have great admiration for real landscape photographers such as Mark Muench, who was with us during this trip but I don’t seem to have the mindset and maybe the skills to be a true landscape photographer. But I like to photograph trees, which may be why I like infrared photography, and so I do.

How I made this shot: This tree photographed on the edge of the canyon was captured with a Pentax K100 and smc Pentax-DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL lens (at 24mm) with an exposure of 1/350 sec at f/6.7 and ISO 400. The image files was processed in Silver Efex Pro to create the final photograph.