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The tree of the house

Theme: The search for the quintessential tree shot

Ever since I started photography I have searched for that quintessential tree shot, the one where U have great open fields and then a lonely tree in the middle of it all. Alas spring is round the corner and I may yet get THAT shot.

For the next few days I will put up images of trees that have caught my eye. I caught this beauty in Kenwood house in Hampstead. I really liked how the house created a background for the tree. This shot was taken in the winter months (which are slowly dying away, thank God), hence no leaves, which I think adds character to the tree.

I am hoping the winter goes soon, so I can get out there in the spring and get my quintessential tree shot. The search continues.....................

The tree of the house

Theme: The search for the quintessential tree shot

Ever since I started photography I have searched for that quintessential tree shot, the one where U have great open fields and then a lonely tree in the middle of it all. Alas spring is round the corner and I may yet get THAT shot.

For the next few days I will put up images of trees that have caught my eye. I caught this beauty in Kenwood house in Hampstead. I really liked how the house created a background for the tree. This shot was taken in the winter months (which are slowly dying away, thank God), hence no leaves, which I think adds character to the tree.

I am hoping the winter goes soon, so I can get out there in the spring and get my quintessential tree shot. The search continues.....................

comments (12)

  • alex
  • 26 Feb 2007, 02:34
good look in your search, i'm looking forward to your trees! i, too, really enjoy the "quintessential tree shot"....i like this one, good addition of the vignetting.
sk: thanx, glad u like it Alex
I really like the vignetting, it gives the shot 'character'? lol, it does something anyway.
sk: glad u think it has character
I really like the way you work on sepia here. This tree is wonderful
A great shot once again smile
sk: thanx very Zebigleb
  • tboz
  • 26 Feb 2007, 11:05
Reminds me of a scene from the movie "The fountain". Fab shot
sk: thanx tboz
I think we've been on the same quest!

I like the tones here, pleasing effect.
sk: yeap the quest continues, glad u like it
Very nice shot
Really like the colors in this one
sk: glad u like Magnus
subject matter really sells itself...and ur usual vignette and toning are superb as always...
sk: thanx Sam
The branches on the tree shoot out like lighting bolts. The angle on this shot really make sthe tree stand out.
  • Dotun
  • 26 Feb 2007, 21:52
well framed, I like.
wonderful tree
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 26 Feb 2007, 23:25
I've looked at this a few times now and I'm really not sure to be honest. I know what you mean about using the House as a backdrop but you've not exposed much of it as you were focusing on the tree. Therefore I think the outcome is slightly off as you've tried to bring the tree out in a shot that may have benefited from a more even balance between tree and background. It's all my opinion of course so take it with a pinch of salt!!!
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 26 Feb 2007, 23:36
I think I've realised something that I may not have got across in my first comment. The focal point need not be the biggest item in the shot. You can use a perfectly formed tree to add balance to a shot without automatically having to make it the big thing. Perhaps you could frame this with Kenwood House stretching left to right across the frame on the upper third and if you could position the tree on the axis of the left third and lower third then you've made the tree the focal point. It's natural shape and implicit strength would then be the perfect foil to the architectural shape and strength of the house. The balance would be that the tree is on the axis (far stronger) and the house would be in a naturally supporting line to balance it.

I'm wittering on now so I'll stop.

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