Yeah, that is a rough stretch on I-787…

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 …

The Nightmare Tree of I-787. Color infrared print film, Rolleiflex Automat MX film with yellow filter. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Boom.

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.