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Forests maintain a profound significance to my emotional triggers. Not only do they remind me of exciting childhood adventures a as kid, den building with my twin brother, climbing trees and hunting dear with bows and arrows, (thankfully my optimism didn’t prevail), but they are fascinating places in their own right to clamber around in, (with or without a camera).

Now as I’ve mentioned elsewere, its challenging to make good images in forests and I don’t wish to repeat myself here, but I suspect my perseverance with the subject matter is related to something profound in me, something that catalyses more personal, deeper feelings.

Now hang on a minute, ‘don’t worry’, I do not wish to use this text as a physiological breakdown of my entire feelings around forests, (I really don’t think you would have the time or interest). But it does seem clear, to me anyway, that really good photography triggers emotions that exist in the psyche of the person viewing. They are not plucked out of thin air and cannot create an emotion that wasn’t there buried somewhere deep in the memory banks. Please don’t misunderstand me here, This doesn’t mean that you have to have seen the same kind of scene to engage with it, but that if you have experienced similar environments you’re more likely to synthesise your experiences and engage on an emotional level.

Let’s take a negative example to clarify this statement. There are many images made in some spectacularly wonderful places around the world, (Antelope Canyon in the USA springs to mind) that personally I can truly respect for their execution, appreciation of form, light, movement and composition, but leave me feeling flat, unemotional. The problem I have with them is that I struggle to engage my own feelings from personal experiences, I cannot secure any kind of synthesis to hang those feelings on. This doesn’t mean that the image is not powerful, just not to me.

On a personal note here and to give you a small incite to my own emotions about this image. It was made on a dawn walk with my son; he was in the mid distance here clambering through the undergrowth with his camera aloft, following his current twitching passion and trying to photograph an elusive tree creeper. He kept shouting back to me, “Dad, can you see it?” and “look a nest” to my reply, “just stand behind that tree for a minute!” I feel so proud that he enjoys this environment and truly hope that the experiences he had on this day (and many more like it) offer him the deep love of this environment.

Camera:Canon 5Dii
Lens:17 40mm canon
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Bleeding Obvious?
Username:jasontheaker jasontheaker
Uploaded:28 Apr 2010 - 12:54 PM
Tags:Beach, Dainfield, Elden, Forest, Jason theaker, Landscape / travel, Memories, Mist, Otley, Son, Sunrise, Trees, Yorkshire
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HectorRivera
28 Apr 2010 - 1:04 PM

Beautiful shot

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chrisvannamen
28 Apr 2010 - 1:04 PM

Nice colours and lovely light.

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TrevW
TrevW  5117 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Apr 2010 - 1:09 PM

That's a nice shot and one I'm trying to capture. My recent one being blue bells in the woods. I'm determined to try and capture that perfect wood scene with the sun showing it's rays through the branches as you have here. I'm still searching for that perfect location, time and colour. I won't give in! lol!

Well done!

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Liz_Coles
Liz_Coles  5 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2010 - 1:12 PM

lovely iage - like how the leaves naturally provide a frame to the shot
Liz

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Techno
Techno  61009 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2010 - 1:16 PM

This is quite stunning, the light cascading through is quite wonderful, and the control of the exposure sublime, I agree in part to what you say about forests the other part well.........
Mal

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tmann
tmann  9 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2010 - 1:17 PM

fabulous capture

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Johnfromnotts
28 Apr 2010 - 1:27 PM

Very impressive image. Pity no large version available.

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debob
debob  5 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2010 - 1:51 PM

What a cracking image this is, well captured.

ATB Bob

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SteveNZ
SteveNZ  6 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2010 - 1:53 PM

Great result... nice work.
Steve.

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Rapido57
Rapido57  4 England
28 Apr 2010 - 2:43 PM

Gorgeous image - I aspire to take photographs like this and seeing such an image is the inspiration needed to keep at it - well done!

Paul

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jasontheaker
28 Apr 2010 - 2:47 PM

Thanks all, your feedback is much appreciated...

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SteveH1978
28 Apr 2010 - 3:25 PM

Fab image, love the use of the foreground leaves to provide the frame, and light peeking around the boles of the trees. Spot on, great work!

Steve

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2010 - 5:33 PM

Beautiful Light
Rick

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Adobecs
Adobecs  8114 forum posts England
28 Apr 2010 - 6:51 PM

Brilliant.
Pat.

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oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2010 - 7:39 PM

love your write ups Jason !,this is lovely the light coming through backlighting the leaves is superb ,really well done fella Smile

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jasontheaker
28 Apr 2010 - 7:59 PM

baileys, adobecs cheers and oll1e such warm words, thanks that means allot to me...(o:

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LeighRebecca
1 May 2010 - 7:20 PM

Captured quite exquisitely.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2010 - 4:36 PM

This is a very intuitively appealing image. As you say, it's not one of those locations where you end up with a very abstract shot that's very much a photographer's photograph. This speaks to anyone, without needing them to understand any visual language.

Last Modified By DRicherby at 9 May 2010 - 4:36 PM

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