I love being in the forest. Being among the trees is instantly calming and I can feel the city-fueled tension lift from my shoulders. I always take a moment to enjoy the lush air, absorb the rich colours, and tune out the distractions that plague me when I’m caught in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
I notice more. The smells: pine, earth, grass, flowers. The sounds: swishing trees, cracking branches, rustling bushes. The movement: falling leaves, twinkling light, twitching grass. A cracking twig or a movement caught in my peripheral vision brings the hope that I’m nearing an encounter with wildlife.
In the past few years though, I’ve really started to treasure the forests themselves. I’ve always appreciated them, but now I look forward to capturing the trees and finding different ways to share them, hopefully inspiring others to see their beauty.
Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is a technique that I’ve come to love. Especially when photographing landscapes with trees. It feels more like painting with light ink and my paintbrush camera.
Paint the Forest
Glass spheres or “crystal balls” are also fun to experiment with but they take a little practice to get the shot I’m looking for.
I will continue to spend much needed time in forests and nature, hopefully finding ways to engage people to care for these essential places with images that capture their beauty.