Denuded

denude definition

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.

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Posted in Inspirations - References to other artists, My images - versions & outtakes on February 19th, 2011 | 10 Comments |

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Comments for “Denuded”

    1. Bruce Barone
      3:58 pm on February 19th, 2011

      Both are breathtaking. But the b/w one speaks to me more.

    2. Stan
      4:04 pm on February 19th, 2011

      The Rutger ten Broeke book can be found at the website for Kahmann Gallery. ( http://www.kahmanngallery.com/ ). Look for link at the bottom of the page for “publications”.

      Its a limited edition of 100, with a price of 250 Euro.

    3. Mike
      4:30 pm on February 19th, 2011

      Love the picture with the inspiration behind it. Well done

    4. Lash LaRue
      5:21 pm on February 19th, 2011

      I like the arc of your body, and for some reason that I can’t quite identify, I think the arc is better in black and white. My reaction puzzles me.

    5. merleRowanDeVoe
      6:01 pm on February 19th, 2011

      I really love the colour as well! I am glad you did both. For the colour, I love the green of the moss, the warm colours around the field and the blues of the trunk and sky which really make your pale skin and pose pop. I love the black and white as you are part of the whole scene-more organic. Love both for these different reasons!

    6. Marcus flickrflame
      6:19 pm on February 19th, 2011

      There are of course, pros & cons to both – the B&W is very classical but somewhat dull to a realist like myself. The shape of your breasts in this position are amazing – so Perfectly Round. The armpit and muscles on each side are dramatic and stunning and hold my attention. The other arm over the eyes makes the pose unique and intriguing. I would love to see an cropped enlargement of just your head and torso in color. The other interesting version would be: the top trees & sky in blue as is, with everything below that in B&W with a bump up in brightness, then insert your beautiful body in color – this to me would be the perfect combination.

    7. Stephen Reed
      6:56 am on February 20th, 2011

      I much prefer the extra information color provides. An amazing photograph!

    8. jestem
      5:23 am on February 21st, 2011

      I definitely think Matt was privy to some insight here. I’m not a huge fan of sapping the color from a photo that is taken that way (though it does reinforces your denuding theme), but I think it works very well here. I find the gray photo much more impactful through being less striking.

      I feel like I owe you some more words, I’ve just been frighteningly distracted.

    9. christian petersen
      1:50 am on February 22nd, 2011

      i know you’re gonna think i’m just being contrary
      but ……the colour is much better!!!

      love from chris

    10. It’s that time of year again
      5:58 pm on November 15th, 2011

      [...] original reality. That said, I really also like the top left picture, Denuded, in colour (see it here). The others, not so [...]

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