de·nude (dē no̵̅o̅d′, -nyo̵̅o̅d′; di-)
transitive verb denuded -·nud′ed, denuding -·nud′·ing
to make bare or naked; strip; specif.,
1. to destroy all plant and animal life in (an area)
2. Geol. to expose (layers of rock) by erosion, weathering.
Below – b/w version (view on flickr).
I took this in Ashdown Forest the other morning.
Wandered for about an hour with Matt, looking for the perfect tree. There were plenty of fallen ones but with too much of a busy cluttered backdrop. I circled this one about three times before I was convinced it didn’t look too much like an unidentifiable fossilised elephant trunk.
This is technically a HDR panorama – made from 2 images (a second shot for the upper third of the image, to heighten the scene) and each were auto-bracketed for 3 exposures, giving a total of 6 images (processed in Photomatix & converted to b/w in PS CS4.)
Matt suggested trying monochrome, and I liked it this way, calling to mind the work of Rutger ten Broeke. I saw a book of his breathtaking rural b/w female nudes at the Kahmann Gallery booth at Photo LA last month. I haven’t been able to find as much diversity of his on the web as I saw in the book, and neither can I find his book for sale online unfortunately. His website showing a few pics can be seen here.