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.






9 thoughts on “Woodland Wabi Sabi”

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  2. 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.

  3. Michelle - Germany

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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. Michelle - Germany

        Ah, yes….my mistake….I would love to know how to do that. So much to learn!!! Am inspired to try this myself now…. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. Brenda Whiteman

    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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