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Bastrop burned tree remains

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Bastrop State Park. August 11. Remains of the horrendous forest fire of 2011.

If you’re interested in the craft of photography, points 3, 14, 18, and 19 in About My Techniques pertain to this picture.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 21, 2017 at 4:48 AM

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  1. It looks as though it is trying to flee the fire.


    August 21, 2017 at 5:27 AM

    • There does seem to be a quality of movement about it, and that’s one of the reasons I like it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 21, 2017 at 6:17 AM

  2. Lovely…. though made by a calamity!


    August 21, 2017 at 6:42 AM

    • Yes, it was a disaster for the people there, but in photographic terms the remains are charred charms.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 21, 2017 at 7:01 AM

  3. How timely. I was relieved to see the Royal Pines fire in Bastrop 95% contained by last night, though surely not as relieved as Bastrop residents, park staff, and volunteers.

    Like Gallivanta, I saw the tree in flight, its two truncated arms outstretched, but I couldn’t help also seeing one of the bucket-carrying brooms from Disney’s Fantasia. Apparently that scene was more than usually impressive to me as a child.

    Having studied in the Schwartzman School of Photography for a while now, I was able to spot three of the four techniques before I looked them up: diagonal placement, shooting upwards, and a less-is-more approach. The one I didn’t remember was limiting the color palette, but I’ve certainly used it. It certainly works beautifully here.


    August 21, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    • I hadn’t even heard of Saturday’s Royal Pines fire. I’m relieved it was quickly gotten under control.

      As soon as I saw your phrase bucket-carrying brooms I needed no sorcerer to know what you were thinking of.

      The Schwartzman School of Photography has run out of diplomas. If I ever have a new batch printed, I’ll put your name in the blank on one and send it to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 21, 2017 at 7:56 AM

  4. You should have been here Saturday night to photograph the glowing dead, but still tall pines and oaks. Eerie, but spectacular!

    Judy T

    August 21, 2017 at 9:11 AM

  5. I absolutely love taking photos like this. Sometimes I don’t know what’s caused the demise of the tree so I have to speculate, but I find a stark beauty in it.

    • “A stark beauty” is a good way to put it. Because the fire of 2011 was so devastating, I have plenty of dead trees to choose from whenever I visit Bastrop State Park, and in this case I know what caused their demise.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 21, 2017 at 2:07 PM

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