Making a tree trunk portrait such as “Dawn Redwood” can be a bit of a challenge. In the process I take a series of photos walking around the tree. Step, shoot, step, shoot, step, shoot…. keeping the same camera elevation and distance from the tree. Each single shot must be cropped to a narrow rectangle to avoid too much distortion and then merged by hand to create a strip that is then wrapped into a circle making the ends meet.
The initial tree series was made for a biotech company that wanted trees from around the world. I saved on air travel by shooting the tree collection at the Harvard Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Boston.