I put colors in quotes because the ‘colors’ and majesty of the American Sycamore tree lay hidden beneath the monochromatic fall colors of the leaves. When you think fall colors, brilliant yellows, reds and oranges come to mind. The American Sycamore’s leaves are drab in comparison.
Have a look at the lovely patterns created by the unique bark of the tree, the crisp shadows of the out of focus leaves and the shadows cast by the branches themselves. I like the play of light and shadow and the rich mid-tones (say thank you to the Ilford FP4+ film I used for this photo). When you see past the obvious, this tree rewards you with it’s own brand of fall color.
Here’s another photo of the same tree shot a few days later with my 24mm lens. The first image was taken with my 85mm lens. The leaf canopy has thinned, revealing more of the ‘bones’ of the tree. During the summer months, the foliage conceals much of the tree. As the leaves fall off in the fall, the true colors of the tree are revealed.
When I was a young boy we lived across the street from a large playground. There were no trees on our side of the street, but the other side was lined with majestic mature Sycamore trees, the first trees I knew.
Both photos were taken with my Nikon F3HP in Red Bank Battlefield Park.