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Twisted Tree

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 18 January 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Photographed on a frosty morning just below the ridge line at the top of Rushup Edge near Mam Tor in the English Peak District.

NIKON D700 1/50 second F/16.0 ISO 200 19 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

well made and very good framing.

18 Jan 2012 5:57am

@Ralf Kesper: Thanks Ralph!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Interesting shape which drives our imagination to multiple thinkings and questions about the life of this tree.
I love how you composed the image.

18 Jan 2012 6:05am

@Gérard Beullac: Hi Gérard, it's fascinating the way it has grown isn't it! It's located just a metre or so below the ridge line of a very exposed hillside and the high winds have influenced it's shape.

Ani from Bordeaux, France

A twisted tree on land slanted. The branches seeking to catch the clouds. The clouds like a drawing in the sky.

18 Jan 2012 6:13am

@Ani: Thanks Ani....I'm looking forward to trying to photograph it in the snow if we get any this winter.

Hans ter Horst from Ruislip, United Kingdom

Beautiful, a real tortured tree fighting to keep up. I do like the Peaks a lot for landscapes, I've been there several times now and always came back with loads of films filled with treasure.

18 Jan 2012 7:22am

@Hans ter Horst: Thanks Hans - the Peak District is on my doorstep yet I haven't photographed much at all there. I find hilly countryside much harder and less rewarding than the coast which is where I grew up and spent the first 35 years of my life.

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Wow, now this is something special and utterly unique! You have captured it so well - I love the square frame and your viewing angle. Even Dali would be proud of such a creation :-)

18 Jan 2012 8:18am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

like a natural bonzaï ! beautiful framing !

18 Jan 2012 8:36am

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Very well framed indeed, I feel the pull of gravity!

18 Jan 2012 9:04am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

A strong image.
Beautifully framed.

18 Jan 2012 9:51am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A very minimalist scene and nevertheless of a great beauty

18 Jan 2012 10:50am

Eiman from Tehran, Iran

great angle of view

18 Jan 2012 11:59am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

love this image, well done!

18 Jan 2012 12:21pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such a strong character through your portraiture Ian! Exceptional impressive work!!!

18 Jan 2012 3:08pm

Klaudia J from Slovakia

great work,BW, compositions ...

18 Jan 2012 7:10pm

Craig McCord from Kansas City, United States

Simplicity. Well done with the diagnal horizon as well.

18 Jan 2012 7:26pm

Addey Kehinde from Guildford, United Kingdom


18 Jan 2012 7:37pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Very simple subject but extremely effective.

18 Jan 2012 9:34pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Ancient Chinese painting. stars. :OD

19 Jan 2012 2:56am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition! the angle of the hill and the tree are very well balance and the resulting lines are great for the eyes to latch onto!

19 Jan 2012 3:39am

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

lyrical, poetic - those are the words that came to my mind when I saw your photograph! I wonder how this tree grew to be 'twisted'... oh the stories it would tell, if it can.

20 Jan 2012 3:01pm

Sandrine from Houston, United States

Love it!

21 Jan 2012 4:18am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

So much "Zen" here, looks ready made for the year of the dragon!

22 Jan 2012 1:50pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

wow , a beautiful capture !

23 Jan 2012 12:32pm

Dhaval from Princeton, United States

Wonderful, again !! This picture alone is enough to narrate a story of this standalone and aloof tree's life.

26 Jan 2012 2:33am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

This is fantastic. I agree to what Curly says - so much "Zen" here.

29 Jan 2012 3:01am

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1/50 second
ISO 200
19 mm (35mm equiv.)