This is the very first decent prent that I managed to make of this tree. I have shot well over 500 frames of her between digital and film and I can honestly say I have only 5% of those shots in worthwhile negs/image. She is a very difficult subject to shoot. The tree itself is massive. When you drive up on it, it has the appearence of a line of trees where the branches now rest on the ground. It shades nearly an acre by itself. No exaggeration! I took this shot at around 40 meters from the trunk at a 28mm focal length. Fortunately, when the housing section that this tree was built in, allocated a large lot for her. Thank goodness. It would have been a horrid shame to cut her down to build a house. She is approximately 350 years old.
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recepyuksel (17808) 2005-10-31 8:07
amazing branches and old trunk
beautiful nature compo. in bw
mugush (2098) 2005-10-31 8:51
you put lots of efferts,hardwork and spent your time....and see what a beautifull photo...your effects paid you back..
nice composition.. good angel .well timed photo...
very well done
thanks for sharing
aramok (279) 2005-10-31 13:30
I really like the play with thelight through the branches on this oak. I know they can be very hard to photo, and I think this one is very worthy, though it would have been nice to see it the full 800 pixels.
djslim (554) 2005-10-31 18:12
Quite a magestic view of old royalty. The B&W is a nice touch on that one. TFS.
verge (1242) 2005-10-31 19:00
i think you made a good decision to made it B&W, it just gave the spooky feeling, the fog creates a very good impression on the tree, wel capture and framed.....rgds
L810th (0) 2005-11-01 11:34
You describe the scale so well and I am in awe of her majesty.
Just two suggestions: a. If you shoot this on digital again, WB it for tungsten light to get a blue toned image or Blue tone your bromide print.. I can just imagine this subject matter really comming alive in shades of Blue.
b. Include a child for scale under the centre of the tree looking up. (idealy) wearing a savannah hat. and in silhouette.
Thanks for sharing this great scene and allowing me to imagine.
daniel51 (231) 2006-02-13 2:55
Very nice and mysterious shot!
Liekje (574) 2006-06-11 6:48
Wow! Looks like Medusa just stuck her head out of the earth. Really like all the branches and the twists this tree has. I think this picture looks great in the BW theme, it makes the whole view a little more mysterious!
foreverhis_mdh (92) 2006-07-20 3:31
I LOVE this shot! Trees hold so much life and history.This particular tree looks like she would have quite the story to tell. The longer I look at this photo the more the branches seem to look like veins. The stark contrast of the lines of the branches to the fog is amazing. Great picture!!
redrash (522) 2006-07-26 4:17
Magnificent branches and lovely mood.
dcawker (5717) 2006-07-27 10:00
Beautiful light and composition here.. well done! Regards, Doug
chicken (1557) 2006-08-08 17:18
This image instantly catched my eyes when I was visiting your profile. What a wonderful tree and how well you put it into an image (I somehow hesitate to use the word "capture"). The glowing fog adds a lot of mistery and majesty to an already amazing tree. Its twists and branches remember me of the fractals en-vogue in the 80's.
francbois (480) 2006-08-08 18:55
Hi! I follow a chicken I see :D
It caught my eye as well, and more, no need to say. Was it shot in the morning? Portraits of trees are always great in the misty morning, insomuch as the tree is deserving.
And I never found a tree more deserving of the attention of a perfectionist as you are, Hubert Well Done ;) F'
danielswalsh (13599) 2007-04-16 1:24
I really like how the tonal level conveys the depth of the image- the darker branches being closer and the lighter branches being hidden by the fog. Well spotted and beautifully captured Grav!
Becky (334) 2007-04-21 2:37
Thank you for this gorgeous picture of a live oak in my hometown! You've made me homesick. I like the different levels created by the mist - they make the picture seem three-dimensional, with black branches reaching out towards you and light grey branches in the background.
partha (14020) 2007-04-21 14:21
The mist and the huge tells everything.Just brilliant.
derek3755 (2341) 2007-05-30 18:10
That's one impressive tree, beautifully presented in this shot, and i think you did well, the fog certainly presents a aire of mystery, the composition works well, and it's nice to see someone still using B&W film.
Debdeep (10) 2007-07-27 19:29
It is an awsome picture. The tree has been really captured well and your well effort should be appreciated. Great job....rgds
rigoletto (34255) 2007-11-08 0:47
This is one of the most impressive tree photos i've ever seen in TE.
Has been two years since upload. I recommend you to resize it to 800x533 and repost it. I think she desreves much more appreciation.
Oldtree (2457) 2007-11-20 5:22
Impressive photo, Hubert.
I can feel a bit of the spirit of this wonderful old tree.
giorgimer (34846) 2008-11-18 14:48
very impressive tree! I like a lot its shape and the misty mood.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-01-18 6:08
Great B&W presentation. You have filled the frame with natural graphics. Nicely done.
MichaelTrezzi (3347) 2009-04-12 6:24
Hello Hubert, what a wonderful picture of this magnificent tree, great composition and well used space. The haze adds some mystery to it. I just wonder how would that look if in color. Well done. TFS, Kind regards, Michael
saim123 (273) 2009-07-18 15:21
WOW, wat A nice picture,very beatifull
oveis_gh (59) 2010-03-03 6:18
Beautiful light and composition here
aliabazari (15437) 2012-10-12 18:48
Hello dear friend
The combination of a beautiful and attractive display. Exposure and depth of the well.
- Copyright: Hubert Weldon (gravatar) (1586)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2004-02-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2, Canon EF 28-90mm f4-5.6 II, Ilford Delta 400
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-31 7:42
- Favorites: 3 [view]