Sami Serola

Sami Serola

Posted on 08/21/2016


Photo taken on August 20, 2016


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Tree of (two) spirits

Tree of (two) spirits
Soundtrack by Daniel Durrett: soundcloud.com/danieldurrett/spirit

Because this mighty tree gave me the inspiration! =)

"In Greek mythology, the spruce is devoted to Artemis, goddess of the Moon and of the wild, protective life of the women which it assists deliveries: the spruce is the tree of birth. This tradition is taken back by the Christians: the spruce is linked to the birth of Jesus, which is celebrated on December 24th, date of solstice and revival of the sun. It is in Alsace where appears the "Christmas tree", which was often a spruce branch." -European Trees

"Spruce trees are mythologically important plants among Southwestern tribes, where they are symbols of the sky and directional guardians of the north. According to Hopi myth, the spruce tree was once a medicine man, Salavi, who transformed himself into a tree. For this reason, spruce trees are considered particularly sacred to the Hopis, who use spruce boughs to adorn kachina dancers." -Native Languages of the Americas

In Finnish mythology, the spruce tree provides protection for the dwelling. A spruce tree is still often guarding the old farm houses. And there is a saying that advices one to listen the spirit of this spruce tree, for advices and wisdom. But spruce branches symbolise also death. I guess it is because spruce branches is cut to commemorate the death ones.

This picture I took as inspired by The Sunday Challenge: 'Monochrome Triptych'. I first was felt very inspired indeed. Then during my Saturday morning promenade, I almost gave up because of lack of inspiration! On one part I do not like to shoot in monochrome, because I personally feel it limits my creativity, and because I love colours! But then my feet took me to local cemetery, and I saw this mighty spruce... And it convinced me it would look great also in monochrome. So, I tried to do my best to salute the tree.

For the triptych format I chose what is considered as "original portable triptych". The side panels are exactly half of the wide of the middle:

"A triptych (/ˈtrɪptɪk/ TRIP-tik; from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον "triptukhon" ("three-fold"), from tri, i.e., "three" and ptysso, i.e., "to fold" or ptyx, i.e., "fold") is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open." -Wikipedia

I chose this as reference to "a popular standard format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards". I'm personally sort of pagan or agnostic, but I do find nature and wildlife as a source of inspiration and place where to put my mind into rest. This could very well be my very personal altar image in a place where I could meditate. Except, it would then be a colour image! ;-)

Notice also intentional use of basic photography aspect ratios: 3:4s on sides, and 6:4 (3:2) in the middle. And for the monochrome colour I chose sepia because it just worked best, I think...

forever is a long time, .t.a.o.n., s@ssyl@ssy, beverleyplaya and 34 other people have particularly liked this photo


64 comments - The latest ones
Diederik Santema
Diederik Santema
I like this triptych very much, the basic pic in the middle, details on the left and right.
As far as the ratios: two 3:4 next to each other is 6:4 or 3:2...
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Diederik Santema
Thank you Diederik =) Correction made on what comes to the picture aspect ratios ;-)
12 months ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
beautiful tree ! and a nice framing !
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Nylonbleu
Thank you Isabelle =)
12 months ago.
Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett
Love the centre pov, well presented Sami!
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Gillian Everett
Thank you Gillian =)
12 months ago.
KYZ
KYZ
tree ptic
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to KYZ
Something like that =D Good morning my friend ;-)
12 months ago.
KYZ has replied to Sami Serola
:-)

have a sunny sunday ! :-)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to KYZ
Well, the sun just disappeared behind the clouds... But hopefully it appears again soon, because now I will go out for a Sunday walk! =)
12 months ago.
PaulOClassic©
PaulOClassic©
Wonderful Sami!
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to PaulOClassic©
Thank you Paul =)
12 months ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Beautifully processed and composed triptych, Sami; you should experiment in mono more often, you are quite good at it! ;-)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Valfal
Thank you Val =) Well, I still don't like doing it =P I mean I do like to watch well made monochrome images, but I personally don't like my own pictures turned into b&w or monochrome =D
12 months ago.
k.e.s_kloset
k.e.s_kloset
This is beautiful, Sami. I feel the same way about nature. I really like your triptych and the music is a perfect accompaniment. (love spruce trees too. :)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to k.e.s_kloset
Thank you Karen =) I love all trees! =D
12 months ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Outstanding image!
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Mitch Seaver
Thank you very much Mitch =)
12 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Wow ! Great shot with very nice tones. And thanks for the information ! Good Morning. Have a nice Sunday. Many greetings from Frankfurt
Ulrich
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Ulrich John
Thank you very much Ulrich =) And I hope your Sunday has been great as well. I just came back from very long walk, which I enjoyed much.
12 months ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Great POV and triptych Sami . Glad you listened to the wisdom of the Spruce. Got you a good entry . :)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Janano -
Thank you Janano =) I first though to photograph some pine trees, but this spruce tree practically yelled me to stop and photograph it =D
12 months ago.
Janano - has replied to Sami Serola
Also terrific when viewed large on black
12 months ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
Superb triptych, like the tones too.
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Robert Wilson
Thank you Robert =)
12 months ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
Brilliant idea, Sami! Showing the total and details in this way is perfect! I got too stuck on the idea that everything had to be the same size;-)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Gudrun
Thank you Gudrun =) Well, as Dida points out on her comment, I may have bent the challenge instructions a little... =D
12 months ago.
Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg
Great idea and result! But, no offense - I'm not sure if it totally fits the topic "shoot something from 3 different angles"? You show us "three different parts of one object"! But maybe I'm wrong and have misunderstood the theme!
12 months ago. Edited 12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Dida From Augsburg
Thank you Dida =) And I'm not offended at all ;-) I valid feedback! I actually thought about that quite a lot during last week, but then decided to take a risk. I think it was not said one should not use the same focal length, or not to mix detail shots and overall images ;-)
12 months ago.
Clickity Click has replied to Sami Serola
I have to agree with Dida and Frag as the challenge did ask for three different angles but you've created a nice series in honor of the majestic tree. :) In spite of not liking to work with monochrome you have certainly done well. :)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Clickity Click
Thank you Chris =) Point taken. So, I achieved 2 out 3! (triptych & monochrome) =D

However, please notice that all the three images are representing the same tree, and all are actually taken from the different sides (angles) of that tree. Only the focal length and distance from the subject changes ;-)
12 months ago.
Clickity Click has replied to Sami Serola
:)
12 months ago.
fragglerocks
fragglerocks
A magnificent tree, I kind of get what Dida is saying, but it's fab anyway :)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to fragglerocks
Thank you Fraggle =) See my reply to Dida ;-) I totally accept it this image of mine is not accepted for the challenge. But my idea was to challenge the challenge ;-)
12 months ago.
fragglerocks has replied to Sami Serola
never challenge the challenge Sami, :) this week I have accepted 2 out of 3 as it was a 3 part challenge,not everyone was spot on the 3. Don't give me a fish next week though!! :)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to fragglerocks
"never challenge the challenge"

Challenge accepted! >=D Next week I will post a picture of flying fish... Only kidding, of course ;-)
12 months ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
Looks like perseverance paid off to me Sami. Looks even better on black and I love the information you've supplied to on formats etc ... very nice work! :)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to autofantasia
Thank you Paul =)
12 months ago.
PhLB - Luc Boonen
PhLB - Luc Boonen
good job Sami
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to PhLB - Luc Boonen
Thank you Luc =)
12 months ago.
charlie b
charlie b
Excellent triptych Sami
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to charlie b
Thank you very much Charlie =)
12 months ago.
Michelle Ress
Michelle Ress
awesome
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Michelle Ress
Thank you Michelle =)
12 months ago.
H C
H C
Great triptych, Sami. I like the way you set them up with the big picture in the middle.
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to H C
Thank you HC =)
12 months ago.
LutzP
LutzP
...that is a pretty neat triptych, very well done Sami. As to your reluctance tu shoot in B&W how about this (I don't remember, where I found it): Color describes, B&W interprets. I try most of my photos also in B&W, sometimes with surprising results. Use Silver Efex Pro 2 (part of Google's Nik Collection/Freeware)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to LutzP
Thank you Lutz ==

Yes, I am able to use Nik Collection on my work computer. Unfortunately I have not manage to make it work on my Ubuntu Linux laptop because I have not found a way to get Wine installed. Good advice anyway! I start to try how my pictures look in b&w. It is one quick step on editing with GIMP.
12 months ago.
Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion
Superbly done and love the colour tone here. An immediate fave. Good musical choice. Like it. Cheers very much for posting to 'Sight and Sound', Sami.
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Roger Bennion
Thank you Roger =)
12 months ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
Excellent note. Great photo.
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to J. Gafarot
Thank you Jose =)
12 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Lovely ;-)
Have a great new week.
12 months ago.
Chrissy
Chrissy
wow, das gefällt mir super gut. Vor allem der Blick nach oben in der Mitte!
12 months ago.
Esther
Esther
Lovely! A superb idea followed by excellent execution.
12 months ago.
Puchinpappy
Puchinpappy
If it had maple leaves on it you would have reproduced the Canadian Flag. :)
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Puchinpappy
Maple was my second choice ;-)
Maple
12 months ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
nicely done Sami
12 months ago.
Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker
nice one works well, I like the way the two side panels hold the central image in place, like bookends
12 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Amazingstoker
Thank you Amaz =) Bookends! =D Good point! The side panels indeed look like that.
12 months ago.
Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm)
Great idea and POV Sami! :-)
12 months ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
VERY EFFECTIVE Sami
12 months ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
ADMIRED in TREES 4U
12 months ago.
s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
stunning triptych !!!
awesome work :))
12 months ago.