I’m still down in California for another week but I had a little downtime today and figured I would write a really quick blog post. This image came to mind mainly because the landscapes I am walking through while on my trip are the polar opposite of what you see in this image.
I like California a lot, and in many ways still consider it my home, but after being here over a week I really miss the forest. There is nothing quite like leaving the place you live for a little while to make you truly appreciate it. I’m looking forward to coming back to Oregon and engaging in some photography sessions with some tall trees and thick mossy woods around.
This image was made in a rather thick forest which blocked out a lot of natural light. I had to push my roll of Ilford HP5 up to ISO 800 in order to keep an exposure in the range of being able to use my camera handheld. Thankfully I managed to keep contrast under control in development. If you look closely at the photograph you can see my own thumbprint on the model’s stomach which was my bad. I got a little handsy when rolling the film onto a spool in the development process. The thumb print is now on the negative and I’m not particularly inclined to photoshop it out.