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Buttermere Tree

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 19 March 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A lone tree on the edge of Buttermere Lake in Cumbria.

Photographed recently during a stormy day full of driving rain in the Lake District National Park in the company of John Leech (see AM3 link below) and our friend Renato Pedrosa who was visiting from Brasil.

NIKON D700 5 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful!!!!

19 Mar 2012 6:07am

@omid: Thanks Omid!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Excellent melancholic feeling, characteristic of this kind of low sky days which seem never end.

19 Mar 2012 7:49am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard! a long exposure it was a difficult photo to take as it was very windy (you can see it most in the movement of the reeds at the edge of the water) and the rain was travelling horizontally. Keeping the lens free of rain drops was a problem as you can imagine!

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Stunning, just oozes feel and atmosphere. I'd be completely satisfied if I ever took a shot as good as this.

19 Mar 2012 8:47am

@Richard: Thanks Richard. Apart from the square crop and b&w conversion it's straight out of the camera. As with a lot of photography it's sometimes just a question of being there at the right time. The heavy rain (and resulting misty light) really helped the mood of the image!

Frida from Sweden

Amazing atmosphere Ian.

19 Mar 2012 9:05am

@Frida: Thanks Frida!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

You've made peace in the storm with the harmony in composition and subjective isolation. Really like this Ian!

19 Mar 2012 9:13am

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian....I've got a 10 second vertical version of this shot which I haven't processed yet where the tops of the branches of the tree are all blurred by the wind moving them.

bahman parandin from kermanshah, Iran

great shot with nice composition.

19 Mar 2012 9:34am

@bahman parandin: Thanks bahman!

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful composition and atmosphere.
Have a nice day.

19 Mar 2012 10:14am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada


19 Mar 2012 11:18am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I love the composition and the atmosphere ! great shot, Ian !

19 Mar 2012 12:57pm

Sido from Seville, Spain

Gorgeous. Zen looking.

19 Mar 2012 2:09pm

Jim Mahan-Soto from Glendale, CA, United States

Fantastic composition -- white to black and many shades of gray -- and the bare tree branches -- brilliant!

19 Mar 2012 6:34pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

your B+W picture are fantastic!!!

19 Mar 2012 8:03pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

A rather good example of your approach to composition.

19 Mar 2012 9:35pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Gorgeous b&w capture!

20 Mar 2012 12:46am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Beautiful. stars. ;oD

20 Mar 2012 7:53am

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Beautiful photo, Ian!

20 Mar 2012 5:45pm

Dhaval from Princeton, United States

Wow..another beautiful image from your camera Ian. By the way what is the dimension of this image and how do you set this in your camera? Or is it that you take the image using standard image dimension in camera and the crop it later on in post processing?

22 Mar 2012 2:00am

@Dhaval: Thanks Dhaval. Regarding the square format of the photo: the central portion of the viewfinder of my D700 has square grid lines and I use those to compose the image which I later crop to that same square format in post processing.

th from nähe Erlangen, Germany

Der Ausschnitt, die Aufteilung und die Umwndlung in Schwarz/Weis einfach grandios.
Die Aufnahme hat sehr viel Tiefe, man wird regelrecht hineingezogen.

22 Mar 2012 9:31am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Merveilleusement beau

22 Mar 2012 12:26pm

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

romantic and mesmerizing!!!

22 Mar 2012 2:19pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic composition! like how the branches reach up to the bright part of this scene creating a great sense of balance!

26 Mar 2012 2:49am

shooter from United Kingdom

A superb and thoughtful image.

30 Mar 2012 7:17am

5 seconds
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)