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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 12 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A photo of some windworn trees on the NW coast of England.


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NIKON D40 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

There is a lot of personification and character in this group. Nicely seen.

12 Mar 2009 3:55pm

@John Leech: Thanks John....achieving a decent composition was surprisingly difficult with this group of trees for some reason.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

the three poor solitary trees, you know at once the direction of the wind ! nice composition and monochrome

12 Mar 2009 4:04pm

@Anna.C: Thanks Ana...coming from a coastal town yourself you must be used to the sight of these wind formed trees too.....they make great subjects for photos don't they!

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Exquisite! Marvelous tones!

12 Mar 2009 5:09pm

@john4jack: Thanks very much!

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Un cadrage extra pour ces arbres et un traitement qui me plaît bien

12 Mar 2009 5:46pm

@Sof: Thanks Sof!

mathieu from cambrai, France

excellent composition and treatment

12 Mar 2009 5:47pm

@mathieu: Thanks....I took about 40 photos in this spot trying to get a decent was surprisingly difficult (maybe I had the wrong lens on my camera)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belle composition, un cadrage extra, superbe traitement!

12 Mar 2009 6:13pm

@mo.langel: Thanks for that!

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

I really love the wind blown feeling of this one! Nice work!

12 Mar 2009 7:44pm

@Claus Petersen: Thanks Claus....these type of wind formed trees make great subjects for photos.

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Exquisite simplicity.

12 Mar 2009 7:51pm

@Suzanne: Thanks Suzanne.....I really struggled with getting a simple looking composition here. I took about 40 photos and all the others are too complex or have something wrong with them.

Enrique Vidal Vijande from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This is a really beautiful image! It seems to have a lot of motion because of the shape of the trees! I'm sure it must look beautiful in a print! Congratulations on your new website, its really nice and the photos on it are very well selected!

12 Mar 2009 8:45pm

@Enrique Vidal Vijande: Thanks very much Enrique....I'm really pleased you like the new website. I need to update it soon with some more photos.

Batkoï from Salon de Provence, France

well composed, nice colour

12 Mar 2009 9:04pm

@Batkoï: Thanks Batkoï

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

A perfect classic. I really like the tree "evolution". Excellent!

12 Mar 2009 9:38pm

Wayne Molyneux from Crewe, United Kingdom

Smashing compsition & a very effective tone too. Congratulations on afine piece of photography.


12 Mar 2009 10:33pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great vision in the first place! The tone and everything else says 'Bramham.'
Great stuff!

12 Mar 2009 10:58pm

613photo from United States

Nice work. Love the sky. You did an excellent job with it. And of course the foreground and trees look great too. Toning is perfect...not too much, not too little. Just right.

12 Mar 2009 11:15pm

Andy from United States

I love the bleak landscape and how these three trees seem to be the only ones in view.

12 Mar 2009 11:25pm

Mirza Ahmad from Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

Nicely captured and processed.

12 Mar 2009 11:28pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Beautiful. (and I love how you've demonstrated the third's rule LOL!!)

13 Mar 2009 3:19am

Tracy from Victoria, Canada

Coo photo, I love the soft colour

13 Mar 2009 4:39am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Another stunning image. Is there any reason why you mostly use ISO 200?

13 Mar 2009 6:41am

@Mike: Mike....iso 200 is the lowest native iso that the Nikon D40 works at. Anything lower than that doesn't bring any increase in image quality but loses a stop of available shutter speed if you are hand holding the camera like I was here. It's one of the hidden advantages of the D40 over the D40x which needs a lowest native iso of 100 to achieve the same degree of image quality. I'm assuming it's a by product of the fact that the D40 only has 6 megapixels so the pixel density of the sensor is a lot lower.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Très belle composition et très beau noir et blanc

13 Mar 2009 6:55am

Paula Camps from Mahón (Menorca), Spain

Great colours and composition!

13 Mar 2009 10:35am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This has Ansel Adams qualities, Ian. Really nice. I'd hang this on my wall.

13 Mar 2009 11:55am

Marcie from United States

Love the mood. There's an emptiness..about this that I absolutely adore.

13 Mar 2009 11:56am

Patrick from Louveciennes, France

Belle composition, belles tonalités.

13 Mar 2009 12:06pm

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Nicely done Ian... I'm a huge fan of weatherworn things.

13 Mar 2009 1:29pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Exquisite, I love trees and these are so sweepingly delicate...your photographs are to live for...

13 Mar 2009 2:30pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It looks like a bad hair day. Wonderful processing.

14 Mar 2009 4:13am

Michael Paulison from United States

Not to sound corny, but this is a National Geographic quality shot in originality, composition and tone. Those pictures to me jump off the screen and make you stare at them. You wonder about the place and wish you'd taken the shot yourself. Gorgeous in every way.

14 Mar 2009 4:50am

Momo from Montpellier, France

trees are just great...wonderful landscape Ian, I wonder if these are sleeping for winter or if they've died, no matter, beautiful all the same...oh, and thanks for the 'fit out' explanation...

14 Mar 2009 1:57pm

Virgil from Richmond, United States

Beautiful image.

14 Mar 2009 5:30pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

This is a very fine composition! Love the diagonal line of the trees. Stunning b&w as always. Great shot!

15 Mar 2009 10:03am

Aaron Schmidt from Auckland, New Zealand

Simplicity ... definitely one of your fortés. Love how the tree branch is pointing directly into the corner. Great framing.

15 Mar 2009 10:40am

alex centrella from California, United States

classic !

16 Mar 2009 1:10am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very convincing. When nature becomes a sculpture.

16 Mar 2009 4:04pm

Godo from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent diagonal composition and nice processing.
Obviously you know what you do
Great Ian

18 Mar 2009 9:12pm

lgb from Portugal

Excellent tones, processing, composition.. A great image!

23 Mar 2009 12:01pm

charles from Belize

well played, un trés beau rendu avec une ambiance bien posée

28 Mar 2009 1:51pm

Jessica from Victoria, Canada

I'm in love with your photography. I came across your blog today and started to look through all of your pictures and you have some incredible tallent. I cant wait to see what you post next...brilliant!

10 Apr 2009 11:51pm

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Very nice photo! Great compo!
I visited also your portfolio. I am impressed! Excellent!

27 Aug 2009 1:24pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Un trés beau rendu avec une ambiance bien répartie,bravo !

10 Nov 2009 8:52pm

Stu from Durham, United Kingdom

fantastic. Wow great tones

1 May 2010 11:02am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

beautiful and empty feeling- I love it!

15 Jun 2010 9:08pm

patrick from Achères, France

great BW with a sepia touch.great movement with wide angle.

10 Sep 2010 3:10pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Wonderful B&W! A perfect alignment of the 3 lines: diagonal of trees, shadows and horizon. I love that and quoted 5 stars.

13 Dec 2010 4:21pm

Attila from Nyíregyháza, Hungary

A wanderful composition, I like it!

4 Apr 2011 12:54pm

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

excellent - dynamic -

13 Mar 2012 9:00pm

1/60 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)