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One of my favourite images of the last 12 months...
One of my favourite images of the last 12 months was made almost exactly 12 months ago to the day.

On a workshop in the lakes with Joe Cornish and David Ward, we re-visited one of my favourite spots in Borrowdale. I had made several images over the week shooting both colour and black and white but this image stood out head and shoulders above over others I made, perfectly capturing the peak of autumn colour.

Having worked with black and white almost exclusively for 15 months, I was interested to see how the techniques I had developed over this time influenced by colour work. There is no doubt I would have executed this image differently two years ago. The key technique I used to make this image so successful was to shoot with a very narrow depth of focus, aiming to further isolate the tree from its surroundings. Subtle control of this is something I had been working on with both a 10x8 camera and my Mamiya, both of which handle this aspect better than my 5x4 camera.

I do find that the majority of my best images seem to come in a flash of inspiration, having spent some time thinking about the subject or getting to know the location. This was no different, I had made 2 or 3 images over the previous few hours but had spend a lot of time just thinking and connecting with the environment (the rain helped this process!) As soon as I saw the tree, I saw the image.

Captured with my Mamiya 67 on Velvia 50.

‘Birch in Borrowdale’
‘Birch in Borrowdale’