Stills V3

July 12, 2009

Cracked bark

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 09:06

Cracked bark, Hudswell Wood, Yorkshire, June 2009

I’ve got several from the trip that are more abstract in nature.



  1. I’m reminded of a discussion the group once had about shots of cracked paint. Wish I could find it again.

    I’m not sure that the web is kind to photos were so much of the charm is in the fine textures. What does this look like bigger?

    Comment by matt — July 12, 2009 @ 21:25

  2. Around here one often sees a crack in the bark like this horizontal from where people have stapled barbed wire fencing direct to a tree and it is then absorbed during growth.

    I think that I was a culprit in the discussion about cracked paint but I find tree bark harder to resist. The colour is interesting in itself but also helps to set off the fissures and waves of the bark.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 13, 2009 @ 07:16

  3. Although I usually prefer my photos handheld this sort of subject matter needs to be wall sized (and amongst other things, therefore, doesn’t suit web presentation imho). The cost, of course, being one of those superdupermega pixel medium format backs.

    The other problem, in my experience, is that trees aren’t flat. Depth of field is always a struggle.

    All that said, I do like the extract you have chosen here.

    Comment by Colin — July 15, 2009 @ 18:12

  4. ‘The cost, of course, being one of those superdupermega pixel medium format backs.’

    Yep big sensor or big neg if not required at least suggested, and either plenty of DOF or none.

    Comment by matt — July 15, 2009 @ 21:56

  5. I can almost feel that through the screen, isn’t that magic?

    Comment by Rex — July 17, 2009 @ 19:37

  6. Rex, you should see the print. I actually had to check that the ink wasn’t stippling on the surface of the paper.

    Comment by doonster — July 17, 2009 @ 21:23

  7. This is one of those images where I have to imagine how it would be as a large print to appreciate it. ( I fear my latest post falls into that category as well). When I do that — I think it is likely quite wonderful.

    I’m reminded (with a smile) of Colin’s “natty little jpeg” remark –or something along those lines– in a previous post.

    Comment by Christina — July 18, 2009 @ 04:08

  8. :-)

    ‘Tatty’ or ‘Nasty’. Natty would mean the opposite….

    Comment by Colin — July 18, 2009 @ 09:49

  9. Very anatomical (perhaps ‘pachydermal’) in my eyes – a tighter crop would emphasise this more. Needs to be shown big and bold along with the rest of the series.

    Comment by akikana — July 18, 2009 @ 12:20

  10. “‘Tatty’ or ‘Nasty’. Natty would mean the opposite….”

    Oops — of course — I think the word was “tatty”. Thanks for the correction.

    Comment by Christina — July 18, 2009 @ 21:23

  11. The texture is interesting on its own, but equally intriguing to me are the colors. And that spot lower center does look like a scar from a deep wound. All in all it is enough to hold my attention.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 28, 2009 @ 02:57

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