Contorted and windblown trees are a feature of Dartmoor.
Purple, heather clad moorland, wide open landscapes, rushing rivers and obscure stone tors shape the landscape of Dartmoor. But that is just one small part of a big picture.
There are rolling valleys, bogs and wetland, waterfalls and well trodden paths, ancient, eerie forests and lonely ruins. Sometimes ominous, challenging, extreme, sometimes welcoming, heart warming; always breathtaking, always changing, the landscape of Dartmoor is alive in every sense of the word.
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daddo (27010) 2014-06-16 1:49
Hi Leslie. the tortured limbs of the tree makes me look for the tortured Heathcliff as he dashes madly across the moors.Excellent choice of B&W accentuates textures and shapes. Regards. Klaudio.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-06-16 1:50
An outstanding composition that does full justice to your note on the famous landscape. The wide angle is used with stunning effect with great exposure and pin sharp details. Compliments and thanks for sharing this superb picture.
Have a great new week.
mohammad_H (10034) 2014-06-16 2:06
Dried tree in the foreground and the background sky with cloud
Effect is very comprehensive in nature, dry desert;
You look good, interesting recordings image
Have a good day
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-16 2:47
inspired use of B&W to make this old ghost of a tree all the more atmospheric and beautifully spooky. Love it!
Have a good week - B.
shreya2000 (2629) 2014-06-16 3:41
The landscape is looking great in BW. I like your composition.
mursaloglu (8682) 2014-06-16 5:45
Gret bw pic amazing contrast and compo marvelous setting. Congra.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-16 8:06
Hi Les - Tormented Tree ... a good title for this twisted and contorted specimen. Well converted to B&W which suits the subject and has been accomplished very well.
chrislo (4097) 2014-06-16 8:24
This is a wonderful shot full of atmosphere. I like the POV you chose for the photo, allowing us to see all the twists and gnarls on the trunk and the wide open landscape in the BG. The wide angle lens enhances the subject and the sense of space all around. Your black and white conversion works well and adds to the dynamics of the shot. Very well done.
cornejo (43859) 2014-06-16 9:30
Hi Les, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition in black and white, this exciting living landscape. Very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness and nice light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (29809) 2014-06-16 11:00
Dead trees on the foreground like on pictures of desert landscapes. However, there must be sufficient water.
At night this must be a spooky landscape.
Your choice for black & white enhances the alienating atmosphere.
Best regards, Paul
Noel_Byrne (32094) 2014-06-17 11:11
This looks as much like a monster on the run as it does a tree, it seems to have a fine feeling of movement. A beautiful choice to make this black and white, its such a lonely and desolate, and therefore very beautiful scene. Really nice, thanks for sharing.
jhm (155264) 2014-06-19 4:36
When I read your note, than I would think at a lovely green area.
But through your black and white picture is exactly a burnt prairie.
Nice panorama view about these area.
Perfect composition and nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
romanaa (7984) 2014-06-22 0:04
I love the drama in the shot enhanced by the BW version, but I'd love to see the colour version as you have mentioned the heather in your note.
But it is a beautiful shot anyway.
delpeoples (58804) 2014-06-23 4:15
Gidday dear Les
Wow this is spooky, even in daylight. Imagine what this place is like at night! Yikes! Stunning B7W, textures, contrast and light. You have a great POV and superb composition. Very impressive, I can't take my eyes off it. Congratulations.
I hope you're feeling better Les, I haven't stopped thinking about you since you told me your news. Love to Gladys too, please take care of yourself.
jcpix (13930) 2014-06-24 20:24
Although your most recent picture was hard to resist, I found myself being drawn towards this one tonight. There's a tree near my place which has the same type of "twisted" appeal that I've been meaning to photograph...but it's just too hot right now. :)
Love the monochrome treatment, which gives this kind of a spooky appeal, on what I'm sure is actually quite a pleasant setting. As you mentioned, this does feel alive...I just hope it doesn't reach out and try to snatch someone. lol Seriously though, this is a great shot! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
macjake (69775) 2014-06-25 5:11
look at this twisted junk of trunk! haha
can't you see this picture or at least the tree itself being on the cover of a novel or something...it just has that special look and power to it.
love the clouds in the bg too, it all works so well together! what a beauty!
patpatch (1601) 2014-06-25 14:54
I like this picture very much,and your note too.reading it,Datmoor seems to be a very interesting place for a trip.I'd like to go there and visit this country.And your picture is very impressive with all these trees like squeletons in a dramatic scenery.I think that the management of your shot is superb.Definitively,I like your style.And I put your name in favourites list.
Silvio1953 (146643) 2014-06-27 8:53
Ciao Leslie, fascinating B&W with fantastic tree, excellent clarity, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-06-28 9:41
Awesome composition especially in B&W. It's simple but powerful with good contrast. Well done, tfs.
NorthernLight (2383) 2014-07-16 0:04
unfortunately I've never been to Dartmoor but exactly like on your picture I've imagined it.
You have perfectly captured the somewhat weird atmosphere of this scene. Very nice. I like scary looking trees and enchanted places. Black and white fits perfectly for it.
All the best
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (16398)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-16 1:40
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