Saturday 29 December 2007

Old oak tree - # 337

Playing around, experimenting with shooting into the sun instead of keeping it behind me.

The huge and ancient oak trees make interesting subjects.

I chose this moody, mysterious shot. The trees stand dark, gnarled and mysterious, the path curves to the right taking us into the unknown, but straight ahead there seems to be another path into the darkness of nature, the branches reaching out to entrap us. On the right, the house (but it's only the hint of a house) stands behind an obscuring hedge.

Hmmm........anyone for a walk? (Camera: Olympus C7070 WZ)


  1. Beautiful shot!
    Wish you a very happy, healthy and successful 2008!

  2. Actually, I think the house is one of the best and most important parts of the shot. The tree structure is all in shadow, but this contrasts with the nice tonal ranges in the sky, which again is offset against the man made tones of the house. I might be inclined to lose some of the left hand side and some of the top to emphasise this. (This tramples over your artistic decisions in the process of course, where the bulk of the oak tree, with resonances of mystery, dominates, but I think a lot of the mystery emanates from the house).