October 10

Woodland Wabi Sabi


I’ve been exploring Wabi Sabi recently, at least in my reading time, and have recognised that I do in fact often work with a nod in that direction. With a little more intent, and a vastly stripped down approach, I captured these shots in one of the local woodlands.

The process was simple, just me, a camera and a 100mm lens. In Photoshop I worked up a monochrome version with a slight warm tint and then overlaid this with the colour original. Here are my favourites.






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  1. Fourth image down is my favorite, however all are good and inspiring. I will be giving this a try out.

    1. Thank you for your feedback Trevor. I’m enjoying digging into monochrome and desaturated colour work and am sure you’ll get much from it too.

  2. I really love these Jason…..inspiring. I normally go out with just my camera anyway as I hate carrying “stuff”!! and this pared down approach is so inspiring….I especially LOVE the third from bottom (is the Yew leaf just ever so slightly tinted green?? <3 ) and the last one….Brilliant. 🙂

    1. I Michelle. Glad you love them, and yes the pared down approach is quite refreshing. The yew leaf isn’t actually tinted green artificially. I simply allowed a tiny bit of the existing colour to show through on each of the images.

      1. Ah, yes….my mistake….I would love to know how to do that. So much to learn!!! Am inspired to try this myself now…. 🙂 x

  3. I love the silver birch. I’ve never ‘done’ monochrome so you have inspired me. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m glad you like them Brenda. Monochrome brings a whole new level of connection to photography and is grounded deep in the history of the practice. If nothing else, it will ask you to see the world through a new set of eyes, one where texture, shadow and form take precedence.

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