I shot this image on the coastline between Ballyvaughan and Kinvara in north county Clare recently. I saw this isolated Whitethorn tree leaning over a characteristic Burren stone wall. The tree is leaning in this way due to the force of the winds over many years. Since the prevailing winds in Ireland blow in from the south west, trees like this usually lean in a north east direction, parhaps useful to know if you get lost!
PP: Cropped a little in Picasa, adjusted contrast, sharpened, and framed with Photoshop.
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arth (1454) 2006-09-11 16:02
Nice picture Tim ,great colours and an excellent composition .Very well done
isabib (1953) 2006-09-11 16:25
Nice composition and I'll take note of your advise on the directions. :)
nicole80 (2163) 2006-09-11 16:32
What a surprising tree? I've already saw trees with deformation due to the wind, but this one is the mos transformed !
Good composed and very good colours.
pady (4800) 2006-09-11 16:34
Yes it's winding there. I saw the same kind of trees on the island of Aruba in the Caribbean and it's very useful to know where to go when you are lost.
humanist (695) 2006-09-11 17:26
Great subject. I like your decision to include so much sky: you really increase that feeling of lonliness.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-09-12 3:35
This is an excellent landscape picture which gives the feeling of desperation, seeing that tree struggling to stay in place. Well done.
delkoo (68) 2006-09-12 3:51
this place seems very calm and peaceful when the wind is not blowing, I like the density of the sky which make a sad mood.
binita (464) 2006-09-12 4:02
nice shot. good colour composition.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2006-09-12 4:55
Excellent POV and perfect shot.The colors, cloudy sky, sharpness and composition are marvelous.
lucski (3691) 2006-09-12 5:47
well done Tim
great picture with nice details and sharpness, beautiful landscape and amazing climat... and but this is secret you outrivaled me cause i had sharing similar one... next time
vts_ch (2624) 2006-09-12 16:26
Sculpted by the wind or blown away while shooting? great dramatic effect and great compo.
Timmok (802) 2006-09-13 4:04
Nice picture and lovely colours. It reminds me of my last (and unfortunately only) trip to Inishmore and County Clare where I saw that kind of landscapes and trees.
Thanks for sharing, it makes me feel like going there again soon ;o)
isabela_sor (47744) 2007-01-04 18:29
Somehow this seems to be a classic motif - the lonely and strange tree on a field..Beautiful, simple and effective inspiring also creative.
All the best in 2007,dear Tim
stego (24030) 2007-01-05 7:45
Impressive pov, sharpness and colors. The dramatism of the sky and the position of the tree relative to the clouds is an amazing aspect of the photo.
TFS, Regards, José
superpau (1464) 2007-01-05 11:08
You know, when I was in Ushuaia, down on the south of Argentina, we saw the same kind of tres, all bend over because of the force of the winds... it was so incredible to see!!!
the compo is good, the sky, the bend tree and the green grass, well seen!
thanks for your comments! and I whis you Happy New Year to you as well!
Bluejeans (64249) 2007-01-16 8:22
Ola Tim muito bonita a tua foto, o ceu ta fantastico ocupando a maior parte da foto ,parabens!!!
jwmunro (286) 2007-01-16 11:42
Hello Tim -
I really like this image because of it's simplicity. the composition is spot on as is the exposure and DOF. Well done!
Thanks for sharing