Taken with my Nikon F3 HP using a Tokina 35-105 mm lens, tripod, with the shutter on a timer, f/8, 1/125
Ilford HP Plus 400 bw film.
A maple tree growing nearly horizontally over a pond is beginning to bud with its red blossoms. Three sliders have crawled out of the water to sun themselves on a branch that reaches into the water. The dark pond waters are disturbed and reflect the red hues and pale greens of the few green plants in this mid-winter image. Due to the use of the lens extender and the bright sunlight, the colors have taken on an almost unnatural quality and the image is a bit painterly at the edges such that the image almost looks like a photos processed in the 1970s.
Photo taken with my Nikon F3 HP using a Tokina 35-105mm lens paired with a Komura Telemore95 II lens extender and FujiFilm 400, f/3.5, 1/250
Photo taken with my Nikon F3 HP paired with a Tokina 35-105mm lens; f/5.6, 1/125. FujiFilm 400.
The Emerald Ash Borer is the likely culprit causing the demise of this and all of the green ash trees where we live. There are too many of them to cut down and their brittle dead limbs crash down all over the place. At least their skeletons are sometimes nice to photograph. Also, young green ashes continue to grow but who knows whether the insects will let them grow as old as all of these beauties did.
Jacqueline M. Pérez
Mostly nature photography
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