I just love finding the unusual hidden under the trees. Sometimes I find this in the shape of the roots as they bury into the grounds leaving gaps where small animals and sometimes (more often than not) snakes seek shelter. Other times it’s something you don’t imagine you will often see in Florida, a small perfect mushroom – the gnome umbrella. This image is another of the split toned images fresh from the darkroom.
I absolutely love the way this one turned out. Soft tones, fragile grasses and a lonely little “gnome umbrella”. I have already admitted to my love of roots, upturned trees and I’m going to add my love of various fungi to that list. Maybe it’s just nature that fascinates me.
This was scanned from the silver gelatin print which was bleached back to knock down the highlights, sepia toned and then selenium toned. Marks is responsible for this very fine darkroom work.
Taken with the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 80 mm Mamiya Sekor 1:2.8 lens, film was Ilford HP5 @ 200 developed in Xtol 1:1.
Enjoy and have a great day.