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Derwent Water, England

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 11 March 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

These tree roots were too good to miss so I settled myself down right in amongst them at the base of the tree with my camera and trusty wide angle 10-20 zoom lens and clicked away.

Although this photo was taken only 1/2 an hour or so after the one that I posted on Saturday, the lovely warmth to the light had gone so this image is in B&W. I hope you still like the results.

NIKON D40 1/40 second F/4.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Pooyan Ahmadi Asl from Tehran, Iran

Nice B&W shot, well done.

11 Mar 2008 9:47am

@Pooyan Ahmadi Asl: Thanks very much!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

What gorgeous drama. I love those gnarled limbs, and that mystic that comes through in a truly exceptional photo, bravo Ian!

11 Mar 2008 11:36am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine....I'm really pleased that you feel it has some drama!

paulski from Muncie, United States

beautiful; love that the trees look like they are falling into the water. love the sense of serenity here. well done...

11 Mar 2008 12:05pm

@paulski: Thanks paulski!.....yes, some of the trees were leaning heavily toward the water.

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful and dramatic b/w photo!

11 Mar 2008 12:23pm

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks very much Alfredo!

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

Nice shot

11 Mar 2008 1:18pm

@Saeed: Cheers Saeed!

hugo poon from Hong Kong

"Like it?" Love this so very much!!! What a gratifying experience to witness your photography escalating at such an amazing pace... you can soon reach the sky.:-)

All the best,

11 Mar 2008 2:08pm

@hugo poon: Hi Hugo,

Thanks very much for visiting so often....I appreciate it. I miss the FT Forum so it's lovely to get visits from you, Momo, Ian Smith, Kimberly....and Danny too today I see!

I was thinking of you yesterday when I posted the photo that I took at the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition as I know how much you enjoy his work.

Daniel from Stranded in Kenmare, United States

those are some badass roots!

11 Mar 2008 2:39pm

@Daniel: Thanks Daniel....those roots are great aren't they!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Very nice indeed. A gorgeous waterscape.

11 Mar 2008 2:51pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks very much Micheal!

Nimrod from Tel Aviv, Israel

Beautiful b/w tones. Everything is just perfect in this picture... the strong sky, the roots. Using the tree for framing is very pleasing too.

Great work!

11 Mar 2008 3:00pm

@Nimrod: Hi Nimrod.....thanks for visiting!

I'm still hoping to try macro photography soon after seeing that wonderful leaf photo that you posted on Flickr!.....wonderful, evocative work! You should do more in the same style as you clearly have a talent for it.

danny_only from Hong Kong


Thank you for your encouragement in the FTF

11 Mar 2008 3:59pm

@danny_only: Danny,
Thanks very much for going through the Aminus3 registration process just so you could leave a comment here.....I really appreciate it. I think a break from FTF will a positive thing for you.

I still think Flickr would be best suited to you if you're looking for a new home but speaking purely selfishly I'd love it if you opened an account here and started posting photos (momo also has a home here now! )

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

That is a beautiful shot. You must have fun playing with that lens.

11 Mar 2008 4:36pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael.....yes the 10-20 is hardly ever off the camera these days!

Laurie from Lincoln, United States

Excellent landscape, Ian! Nicely composed and I love the b&w! Nice job! =-)

11 Mar 2008 4:43pm

@Laurie: Thanks very much Laurie.....I think I overdid the contrast a little in the sky in this one and have left some Jpeg artifacts but I'm slowly learning!

Jeff from Hicksville, United States

Great b & w. I like the way the tree, roots & branches frame most of the image.

11 Mar 2008 5:18pm

@Jeff: Thanks Jeff....The trunk of the tree ended up a little too dark because I underexposed the image while trying to protect the's an issue I've been struggling with off and on for a while. Hopefully I'll sort out correct exposure before too long :-)

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Lovely location and well composed.

11 Mar 2008 6:10pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks very much Ana!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Like it??? LOVE it!! Would hang it on my wall Ian.

11 Mar 2008 7:13pm

@amy: Thanks the way I've switched now from Photoshop Elements to CS3 thanks to a colleague at work who had a spare license (thanks Chris!). We'll see if it makes a difference to my photos (I'll let you know when I post the first image that I process with it)

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Fantastic landscape shot. The roots in the foreground.

11 Mar 2008 8:52pm

@tom: Thanks very much tom.....I was pleased about the roots. On the original colour version they are a green colour as they are covered in moss.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Who wouldn't like those tortured and tortuous roots?! The B&W enhances the image, the tree is almost a being , very thirsty, trying hard to reach the water. Excellent choice of angle!

12 Mar 2008 2:47pm

@Japanalia: Thanks very much Gabriela.....those roots are extraordinary and i couldn't leave them unphotographed!

KimberleyC from United States

It is an exquisite high drama shot, love the black and white PP.
Its amazing to see you progressing Ian, My Boyfriend, an Architect as well, looks at your photos and remarks that your design work must be fantastic and he is happy to not be competing against you! :)
I am sure I shall open up one of my British photomags soon and see a section all to you!

12 Mar 2008 3:48pm

@KimberleyC: Thanks Kimberly....You say the nicest things!....I'd love to see some of my photos get published one day.

I still think a DPReview coffe table photo book would sell like hot cakes.....I know I've said it before but it's a pity you're not a publisher :-)

1/40 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)