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Windblown Tree

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 28 March 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The moving branches of a lone tree on Buttermere Lake on a wet and stormy day in the English Lake District National Park.

The biggest technical problem with taking this photo was keeping the lens area of the camera clear of water during the 10 second exposure as rain and spray from the lake was travelling horizontally. Also, I needed to hold down my lightweight carbon fibre tripod as the wind was gusting strong enough to blow it over if it were left unattended.

The photo was taken using a B+W 6 stop neutral density filter on a Nikon 16-35vr lens

NIKON D700 10 second F/14.0 ISO 200 32 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

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Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Nice job!

28 Mar 2012 5:48am

@Sergei Z: Thanks Sergei!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Excellent to compare the 5sec and 10sec versions.
What I like here is to see the rain squalls on the surface of the water. A beautiful texture.

28 Mar 2012 6:23am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard!....the wind was gusting very strongly so each shot was different from the next.

janina from Melbourne, Australia

I like the humour here, if you can see it ian....the tree was waving at you, saying here I am aren't I beautiful. Good work. ;oD

28 Mar 2012 7:39am

@janina: Thanks janina :-)

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

I had three days of this weather and barely left the pub! This result is ample reward for your determination and discipline. Nicely framed, great textures.

28 Mar 2012 7:43am

@digitalCG: Thanks Peter. Yes, the conditions were very difficult espcially for long exposure work but we had a great day despite the wet & cold!

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

So beautiful !

28 Mar 2012 8:32am

Sido from Seville, Spain

Well done (a lot of work no doubt). I like it.

28 Mar 2012 10:10am

CJB Digital Imaging from Texas, United States

I love the simplicity of this, nice composition

28 Mar 2012 12:32pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wonderful shot Ian!

28 Mar 2012 1:13pm

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28 Mar 2012 3:58pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

love the motion blur here - it adds a dynamic element and transforms this scene completely! by the way - thanks for sharing the 5 articles on your website - great information and help!

29 Mar 2012 4:06am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Every time I am amazed with your talent with the treatment in black and white

29 Mar 2012 5:31am

Andrew Atkinson from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Love the movement in the trees, great work

29 Mar 2012 6:55am

Yvonne from Poznan, Poland

I really like your works, are beautiful.

29 Mar 2012 5:48pm

Hans ter Horst from Ruislip, United Kingdom

What an excellent location, Ian, but it is your fabulous approach that makes this photo.

31 Mar 2012 7:02am

bahman parandin from kermanshah, Iran

outstanding composition and mood.

2 Apr 2012 7:13pm

Joseph Walsh from United States

I note you are using the 16-35...have you had any vignetting issues with that lens at the wide end when stacking two filters such as a 10 stop and a 6 stop ND?
Enjoy your work immensely.

9 Apr 2012 6:13pm

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

you are one of the finest photographers in aminus3!

16 Apr 2012 1:27pm

Ani from Bordeaux, France

J'adore cette image avec l'effet de flou sur les feuillages.

17 Apr 2012 11:24am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great one with the moove !!

21 Apr 2012 9:47pm

10 second
ISO 200
32 mm (35mm equiv.)