I woke up this morning thinking about my working days and how much I used to long for Saturday to come around. I wanted those Saturdays to last forever (or as long as I could). Invariably they would disappear in a flash and a blur of domestic chores. Grocery shopping had to be done, house cleaning, laundry etc. By the time Sunday rolled around I was on the slippery downward slide to “dreaded Monday”. Sunday, too, went by at warp speed.
Then there were the years I worked shifts. This meant that you couldn’t always count on having two days off together. That was even worse.
Being retired, therefore, is a wonderful treat. Every day is a day to discover something new or photograph something new. Off course, the chores still have to be done and grocery shopping can put a cramp in your day (if not in your back. 😦 ) But every day is enjoyable even if I sometimes have no idea what day it really is.
I know you’re wondering what this is leading up to. Well we’re going to be taking a couple of days off from posting. We have some darkroom work to be done and other household work. The darkroom work is the fun part – the other…..not so much, but necessary. We’re running behind again in darkroom work and need to print some more of our work.
The image I’m posting today is yet another view of the lovely old oak. We’re not done with this tree yet as it still affords more shooting possibilities which need to be captured.
Looking up at this old oak from below gives you some idea of how big it really is. A giant of an oak. Perfection in nature.
Looking at this image I can’t wait to get back out there. Now if only my back would cooperate and get better so that I can strap on that 25 lb backpack full of camera gear.
Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 80 mm Mamiya 1:2.8 Sekor Lens, Ilford HP5 @ 200 developed in D76. Printed on Arista EDU Ultra VCFB in Ethol LPD. Scanned from the silver gelatin print.
To achieve the carbon like tones seen in this image we used a bleach and selenium combination and finished off with sepia. The technicalities can be found on my Flickr site:-
Have an enjoyable weekend everyone and thanks for viewing.