08.20.2019 Driftwood Stumped

Besides the natural planter the driftwood presented in yesterday’s post, the weathered shapes of the grain formed beautiful abstract patterns. Again, the reddish wood and the weathered grey make for an interesting contrast.

I wasn’t able to totally isolate the edge of the wood, but the shadowed interior gives it a nice border.

And, in case you are wondering, here’s the stump.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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25 Responses to 08.20.2019 Driftwood Stumped

  1. Gallivanta says:

    I am stumped by the beauty of the abstract patterns. Lacking a photographer’s eye, I probably would have only given the driftwood a passing glance. How much I would have missed!

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  2. I find this incredibly beautiful. The colors of nature just can’t be matched by the human hand. The swirls of the grain are gorgeous. I really love this photo.

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  3. susurrus says:

    I really like these. If you told me there was a tree spirit trapped within, I’d think you had a point.

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  4. Happy abstract swirls to you. I wonder whether wooden swirls like those inspired Van Gogh.

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  5. Great intricate patterns, beautiful.

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  6. Leya says:

    Love it – love driftwood as well, but they are not to be found anymore around here.

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  7. The visual exploration to define the exact right swirls must have been a wonderful exercise. These are remarkable images.

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    • I did quite a few compositions of each then compared in LR to decide which angles and framing I preferred. It was very enjoyable making these images. And it was also a pleasant surprise since I had not thought at all about the stump although I had photographed it before.The unplanned is often the best.
      Thanks, Michael.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    Both the close-ups and the contextual views really appeal to me – beautiful! I’ve tried to photograph similar patterns in driftwood here and I’m usually not successful – harder than it looks!

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    • I posted the contextual image last but, in reality, that was the first shot and was more about the shoreline wave effects. Obviously, there are not really tides here but the way the rocks are distributed up the shore makes it look that way. Mostly rising water levels and the wind.
      I could post at least 5 different views of each but that would only show the different choices. In each case I chose what appealed to me the most. In both cases, despite the pleasing colors, it is the luminance of the greys, especially the second, that appeals toe most. Having the deep shadow next to the curved edge accents it. It is easy to capture too much or too little. I am trying to find more abstracts, so far rocks and stumps. 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        The luminance of the grays – yes, well put! And it’s true about the contrast, often not enough, or too much. Tricky. And I see the “tide marks” in the second photo, which add a lot. 🙂

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      • Although I do not want to see a repeat of what created this image, I was thinking of it when I saw the sand/rock pattern.
        Despite these being color images, I processed the files thinking of the description I once read of a good black and white development having a certain silvery quality (which made sense since silver was often an ingredient in the darkroom) and wanted to approach that with the grays.


      • bluebrightly says:

        That makes sense about silvery tones. I think of pewter sometimes too in black and white images – not used in developing (at least from the little I know!) but it describes that quiet sheen we like. 🙂

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  9. shoreacres says:

    The colors are beautiful. The patterns remind me of burls; in fact, that’s what I thought they were at first. I see two figures in the center of the first photo: one human, one bird-like. They remind me of a William Blake illustration.

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    • I see “The Scream” in the swirls of the first shot. I also thought they might have been small burls or else the creation of branch growth.
      I was immediately drawn to the colors which I would guess were enhanced by the rain we had the night before. If I return on a dry day I will check to see how they’ve been muted when dried out.

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