Wast Water Wood

Whether Wastwater or Wast Water it remains one of the more remote and therefore quieter of the English lakes where occasionally strange things emerge from the water simply for the gratification of passing photographers.

I used a Canon 50e fitted with an 20/35mm Tokina lens to make picture, on Ilford Delta 400 film. I used an aperture of f22 to maximize depth of field at 1/30th. I can remember inverting the camera under a Benbo tripod to get it as close to the ground as possible but other details elude me.

I remember that this was a difficult negative to print, requiring the use of several acetate mask overlays to hold back various areas of the tree trunk and parts of the far hillside. Added to this were copious amounts of burning and dodging. This is a scan from a version printed on an anonyms paper, probably Kentmere.

Coming to a town near you during 2016.

This is one of eight of my pictures selected for The Photographic Angle 2016 UK touring exhibition: Monochrome


Wast Water Wood — 3 Comments

  1. Lovely use of selective dodging and burning to transform this from a snap to something worth hanging on your wall. Perhaps your darkroom wall as a permanent reminder that, despite your protestations, you do sometimes pop out a very respectable image

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