Category: photography

disappearing trees of roath

flood defence works on cardiff’s¬†roath brook will entail¬†extensive construction¬†work and tree removal. as a reasonably¬†local resident i was oblivious to these works until about 10 days ago.

disappearing trees of roath #69
disappearing trees of roath #69

roath’s many parks are a fantastic local amenity, the result of impressive victorian ambition and forward thinking. they stretch from the wild gardens in the north, past roath park¬†lake, through the pleasure gardens and¬†recreation ground, through roath mill and waterloo gardens to railways gardens in the south.

disappearing trees of roath #36
disappearing trees of roath #36 (mike’s tree)

as a regular walker, come rain or shine, i spend a lot of time in and around cardiff’s¬†parks and will be sad to see the demise of some beautiful trees. i wanted to take their final portraits before the parks close to the public.

disappearing trees of roath #31
disappearing trees of roath #31

my timing hasn’t been the best – i¬†imagined i had months rather than days. i hoped to draw public attention beyond¬†the immediate area to the loss of these trees. as the parks close for good on monday i’ve had to telescope a month-long project into a couple of days.

disappearing trees of roath #65
disappearing trees of roath #65


change of perspective

some eerie pics from my first walk with an infra-red-converted nikon d40.

bought pre-converted from a european artist who works in i-r. i know the camera model well and it was offered¬†at less than i’ve seen for conversion services alone.

there’s a certain amount of post processing going on here. some cameras allow a custom white-balance to be set, if i understand right that gives you immediate feedback on replay. this doesn’t – the images are *very* red and require white balance, levels and channel switching tweaks.

this type of photography runs the¬†risk of being discounted as¬†“just another photoshop filter” – or selective colour effects – but it’s actually recording a different spectrum of light to that visible with the naked eye.

digital camera sensors are particularly sensitive to infrared, and are made with a filter to block that light in preference to the visible spectrum. conversions remove this filter and replace it with one of a number of different alternative filters.

the camera was supplied with excellent advice on hard- and soft-ware settings and i enjoy the reveal of applying these filters step by step, suddenly realising a could-go-either-way image suddenly shines in i-r B)

i process every picture on the same settings Рsome come out noticeably blue throughout, while others have distracting orange tones. i have discretion like a darkroom processor printing an enlargement, in terms of which tones Рwarm or cool Рthat i choose for the finished picture. otherwise, images are as they come out of the camera.