There’s a section of Interstate 787 – just before you reach Exit 6 – where, if you look over to the side of the road, you can see what looks like a rotting white tree next to a stream. I’ve pulled over on occasion and photographed that tree, but I’ve never felt that I’ve captured the best image.
That was until the other day, when I was shooting some infrared color print film.
As you may have read, I’ve been experimenting with color infrared film of late – putting rolls of 120 film into my Rolleiflex and shooting with a yellow filter on the camera lens.
One of the photos I took during that stint was that nightmare tree on I-787.
First of, pulling over to take photos on the side of an interstate is dangerous. You should only pull over in the event of an emergency.
Photographing a diseased tree with your camera full of infrared film does NOT count as an emergency.
So … with that in mind …
Don’t tell the troopers I pulled over to get this shot.
And here it is.
Um… well … the photo’s okay… yeah, it’s good enough.
But you know me. Nothing is ever “just good enough.”
So I ran the scanned image through a couple of artistic photo processing programs … adjusted some levels … tweaked here and there … and …
You know this is going in the short pile. Maybe there’s a spot for it this year, maybe next.
Trust me, if I can get photos like this out of that film …
I’m gonna be one happy camper.