12 February 2009

Forest at Pourangaki hut

Bush at Pourangaki hut, Ruahine RangeAfter rain; mist clearing. Photographed from beside the hut.
All content © 2009 Pete McGregor

11 comments:

Relatively Retiring said...

The clearing mist adds great depth, but, if you can see so much sky, is it truly forest?
Is this now your black-and-white period?
Lots to think about, as ever!

Emma said...

Hmm. For some reason, Pete, the b&w nature scenes aren't working for me. They make me weirdly uncomfortable. Even more weirdly, I end up feeling thirsty (?!?) after looking at them. Odd! But there you have it.

pohanginapete said...

RR, it's most definitely forest once you're under the canopy. In fact, it's more like rain forest than the relatively open European forests (not that I've had much experience of those).
Don't know about the B&W period. I haven't even decided what photo I'll post today!

Emma, that's weird indeed ;^) I have no idea why they should evoke thirst. Discomfort, yes, although one becomes accustomed to physical discomfort in this kind of country, but I can only speculate (wildly) about why B&W seems to have that effect. I'd have thought colour — apparently more "realistic" — would have been worse, but perhaps it's some kind of disconnection between what one imagines or expects in photos with these kinds of subjects (viz, colour) and what the photo presents. Actually, that sounds unconvincing, but it's the best I can do at the moment.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
I have always thought b and w suits the Ruahines very well for some reason and so I have find these photos very comforting, as well as that blending of the unknown. As far as the thirst, I know have never arrived at Pourangaki NOT thirst after the long walk down that steep spur!
Cheers,
Robb

Lesley said...

I wonder if B&W doesn't come over as well on screen as it does on paper? (Not a personal comment on this image, but rather a comment on the comments about it.)

pohanginapete said...

Robb — true! That spur's a real knee-wrecker, and there's not much in the way of drinkable water on those tops.

Lesley, I think that's true of colour photos as well. I'm seldom less than delighted on seeing a good print; somehow, and perhaps surprisingly, even a very good monitor seems unable to deliver as much impact. But B&W has its own difficulties, and getting a good B&W print now can be particularly difficult. And I'm not even a perfectionist — unlike a mutual friend, who shall remain nameless ;^)

Michael said...

The light in the foreground and around the mist just make this photo zip and sing. Perfect for B&W.

pohanginapete said...

Michael, thanks. With so much fine detail in this photo it could easily have been utterly confusing.

Greg Brave said...

Not a good choice for B&W in my opinion. You had too much green there, which in B&W doesn't give much contrast so the final image is a mess, I also don't understand the composition that you tried to achieve - what is the point of interest in this photograph ?

pohanginapete said...

Ooh, that's harsh, Greg! I take your point, but will refer you to Michael's comment — not as a defence but as an example of how we view photos differently; how we see things others don't, and vice versa.

Greg Brave said...

You are absolutely right Pete. Everybody sees what he sees. Maybe a was harsh here... I'll take your point for my future comments!