Guidance Notes

for Photographic Recording Project


1. There are two ways foward in this: (a) to take fern field photos now, and to repeat the same photo again in future, as a far as possible repeating the same view from the same location. (b) to use photos you may have already taken in the past, of locations which it is possible for you to re-visit, and take a new view of the scene today, again as far as possible from the same location. Note the dates as well as locations with the photos.

2. What we are seeking is thus photo pairs taken in multiple different places, ideally including ferns, separated in time. General habitat views, showing ferns in-location, are ideal, and can be at shorter or longer intervals of separation, maybe decades. The habitats can be a mix of natural and semi-natural ones, but strictly garden scenes should be avioded.

3. Finding a few slides that you took years ago, in sites to which you are able to return again now and re-photograph, indeed provides a particularly good way to start. It is important that the time interval is known, so it is vital to know when each shot was taken (even to the nearest year: eg. Kodak often printed the date on slides). All different photo materials, media and methodologies are acceptable, and can be mixed.

4. Try to repeat 'new' shots in as far as possible the same position as 'old' ones, and ideally, at as near as you are able, the same time of year. (But do not be 'put-off' if you cannot remember exactly when a first photo was, estimate about when, state this, and try to repeat-time the approximate season as near as practical). Photos taken under non-sunny conditions are often technically better for detailed comparative purposes.

5. You may find it helpful in re-locating shots, if there is some fairly 'fixed object' within the field of view for easy reference, eg. a particular tree-base or rock. These can help 'fix' the location of a scene quite exactingly.

6. You may be surprised how things have changed. On the other hand, you may find things have changed little. Both are useful to know, and form important parts of this project. Either way, you may care to continue also with more photographs for the future. This we would particularly wish to encourage.

7. For all such shots that the photographer is willing to offer to the project, we need to be able to borrow and digitally copy for onward comparison and assessment. These photo pairs will gradually build into a more comprehensive overall scientific survey than anything that is yet available, in much the same way as the Fern Atlases were collated by BPS members. All shots ultimately used will be appropriately acknowledged.

Chris Page




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