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Pink's Peak: Toolbelt Edition

May 03, 2013 02:45 PM ET | Eric Levin | Permanent Link

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As I said yesterday, I've been obsessively photographing trees in bloom everywhere I go this spring.

Would you like to know why?

A month or so ago, I asked my wife what she would like for Mother's Day.

She said, "Pictures of the pink trees in bloom." I decided to make her a book of tree flower pictures, and began looking for interesting specimens.

For me, a photograph is nothing without context. Closeups of flowers or branches in full bloom, studies of petals, etc., are fine for greeting cards and wall calendars, but they leave me cold.

So I looked for flowering trees in unexpected settings, or expected but with some twist. It's coming along well. For a few days now I've thought, OK, the shooting is done. On to the next step. Then I spot a tree that would add a new context or perspective, and I pull over, or do a U-ey, and shoot it.

Now it's time to get into the darkroom (ie, the computer) to finish processing the RAW files, color correct, do a final select, create a sequence, design the book on, upload, order, and hope to hell it gets here before Mother's Day, which is—yikes!—just 10 days from now.

BTW, today's picture was taken on the street where I live, in Montclair.


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