Birchtrees in bw

I love birch trees! All year round.
They are one of the most expressive trees in my opinion. Soothing, poetic and extremely beautiful.

Here is a small collection of gems, captured in black and white.

On film of course!


Hasselblad 503 CX
Kodak TMY TMax 400
Kodak Tmax Developer

Hasselblad 503 CX
Kodak TMY TMax 400
Kodak Tmax Developer

Hasselblad 503 CX
Kodak TX Tri-X 400
Kodak Tmax Developer

Hasselblad 503 CX
Kodak TMY TMax 400
Kodak TMax developer


23 thoughts on “Birchtrees in bw

  1. Hi Marie a lovely set of pictures very well presented. What took longer to develop the Negs or do the retouching after scanning? I love Grain but have copped out and use Silver Efex Pro 2 to put grain when I want or need to. Thanks. Andy

    • Hi Andy, and thanks for your interest and kind words, most appreciated!
      I do not do hardly any postprocessing, just some cropping and dust removal, sometimes it needs a bit of level adjustment, but that’s it.
      When I had my DSLR I spent a lot of time in LR, PS and Nik Software, that was fun, but the more I learned, the pickyer I got, so now my goal is to always get it as right as I can in the camera. That is my challenge.
      And come on, you can’t really compare the real grain in the negative to the digital grains in Nik? 😉 They have done it quite good, but it is still a huge differens to the real thing.
      And for me, nothing compares to holding the beautiful beautiful film strip in my hand and look at it and see that it is all there….. That is my reward! Love it!

  2. Gorgeous photos, and oddly, I love Birch trees too, they are probably my favourite deciduous tree. Have planted almost 60 of them on this property in the last 7 years.

  3. Really beautiful. I love the tones. Looking at your blog could turn out to be a disaster to my bank balance – I’m more and more tempted to buy a Hasselblad!

  4. Stunning in black & white. Contrast, texture, depth, play on light…and more. It’s all working here!

  5. Great series Marie. Like you we do hardly any post processing. We mainly deal with dust removal and some level adjustments as the scanner never seems to get that just right. I have to admit that we also try and get it right with the camera. If the levels in the histogram are anything to go by, we seem to do just fine on exposures. For us, as well, the rewarding part is holding those beautiful negatives and seeing that we succeeded in putting it all on the film. You just cannot compare digital and analog, Photoshop (or any other editing software) and darkroom. Guess that’s why we all shoot film?


    • Thank you very very much for your kind words!
      And I couldn’t agree more. I try do do exactly the same, just a couple of adjustments in Lightroom, that the scanner do not catch. I love Lightroom for that case, it is very easy to use, dust removal is fantastic and the Library function is so great too.
      Otherwise I want it to look just as the negative looks, or as I saw it on location.
      Thanks again! (I’ll answer to your kind comments on my new post when it has calmed down a bit there… 😉 )

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