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Searching for Perfection

By jasontheaker  
This particular forest holds some fantastic childhood memories for me, I use to play here as a kid, making dens, hunting deer, (thankfully the home made bow and arrows were never up to Ray Mears standard) and even exploring a plane crash wreckage! Itís also a very good photographic location that I keep going back to; as I feel that I havenít Ďyetí done it justice!

My interest is sustained by a wide variety of interesting subject matter, from some great mossy rocks at the south edge where as kids we spent hours playing in cave dens, to very old deciduous woodland with occasional wide open vistas along the a dramatic ridge over my grandfathers land leading to Otley in the valley below. It wasnít strictly my grandfatherís land as a kid, but we acted as such, and memories of mettle detecting the public footpath and unearthing Victorian coins, really take me back to the fun we had in this small forest.

Anyway, this special place for me still maintains my interest and over the last few years Iíve been trying to photograph it in a way that does my memories justice. To paint a mental picture of this place seems easy in comparison to doing it justice photographically. The trees are contorted, irregular and very difficult to compose to an acceptable standard, and the perfect conditions have to this day eluded me. Iíve been up in snow, rain, sun, Iíve even seen the occasional rainbow in the openings over the ridge, but it is mist and frost that I have desired! Well.... last Monday I had my chance! I was a bit late to the party, (as I had to drop the kids off at school and walk up the Chevin Ďa big hillí) but on the last half a mile of the assent, the mist started to come in! It was perfect, mist, frost and some sun! I ran, Oh how I ran! I arrived totally breathless, allot worse for the run up hill and I was presented with perfection! Oh how I ran around trying to compose something, but could I do it justice, could I, no! The mist lasted for about 5 minutes and I didnít take a single shot. I couldnít commit to a composition that justified the way I felt about this place!

Anyway thankfully the mist did stay around long enough to pick out the fantast of sunlit shafts through the trees and I ended up in the far end of the forest looking for colour, and this is what I came up with! I must say it is 80% of what I wanted, but on reflection think I will make this forest my lifelong project, as I enjoy being there so much! Iím going to call it ďsearching for perfectionĒ

Tags: Memories Airport Wildlife West yorkshire Autumn Uk Forest General 2010 Yorkshire England Deer Trees Bradford Woodpecker Woods Leeds Mist Otley Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Chevin Jason theaker Project 100

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22 Nov 2010 5:58PM
Beautiful shot and some wonderful memories eh !


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22 Nov 2010 6:06PM
22 Nov 2010 6:20PM
chris and jeb cheers (o:
artcubis 10 6 United States
22 Nov 2010 6:24PM
Beautiful, almost aethereal shot.
No wonder it is one of the favorite childhood places... seems to hold mystery and magic. Great capture and lovely story.

22 Nov 2010 6:29PM
thanks Catherine...
22 Nov 2010 6:30PM
Great woodland image, well done
22 Nov 2010 6:35PM
Great image Jason..Proved yourself has a photograper,have you ever thourght about writing...JT
22 Nov 2010 6:38PM
Thanks Vince and Tonksphoto, youíre kidding right! (o:
Melanie_M 12 168 9 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2010 7:25PM
Even without the image your words have taken me to your 'special place.' How many times have many of us been in the same shoes? There is for all of us a place that is full of memories, but with a camera in your hands and a lens to the eye we cannot find a way to make it the same for others. I can laugh at you now running around, as I know I've done the same.
I'd commend your website to others. It has been a pleasure to read.
24 Nov 2010 8:10PM
Wow thanks melane for your kind words!
Warmest regards
3 Dec 2010 4:22AM
This is like something out of a dream...nice! - Rob

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