The Photograph Explained: Lone Tree by Nic Daley

Lone Tree

Ink jet print

This image was taken at the Kalbarri National Park, WA, along the Murchison River. The rock face in the image is known as Tumblagooda sandstone, there are some fine examples to be found in this particular area.

The camera I used is a 1950’s 4 x 5 Graflex Super Graphic with a Caltar II-N 65mm f4.5 lens mounted to a Copal 0 shutter. The film I used is Fuji Velvia 100. The resultant transparency was scanned with an Imacon Flextight 949 with final print made using either Breathing Color Lyve or Canson Infinity Platine utilising an Epson 7900. I fail to see myself creating images without my view camera. Although digital capture has creeped into my workflow, my image capture still centres on film and my ever reliable Graflex.

This particular day was a challenge to photograph in, especially under a dark cloth. It was the height of summer, with temperatures at 45°c and swarms of flies at my every turn. I wasn’t hopeful of achieving much when I set out; I decided to just take my DSLR and use the day for research, ready for a return trip some other time. But upon witnessing some of the amazing scenes around the gorges I promptly returned to my vehicle to retrieve my LF gear.

I particularly like the starkness of this image; the tree struggling to survive in its precarious environment against a backdrop of the amazing patterns and colours of the sandstone.

When photographing far from home, particularly a place I’ve become fond of, I like to come away with an image that both summarises my feelings of the place and has a lasting effect. I believe this image does just that.

Portrait of Nic Daley with 4x5 camera

Nic Daley