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This group of five trees I found in the Lanhydrock Grounds while strolling around with my newly-acquired Sony NEX-5 compact on an overcast summer afternoon. I was actually testing the camera out and just taking the odd picture to see what I could get without going into any serious image making. All the pictures that day were taken hand-held and as I was doing so it struck me that I was finding composition so much easier and I realised that the reason for this was that I was mobile and able to make minor adjustments to the composition by just using my feet and moving to one side or taking a step or two forward or back. With my big Nikon and a tripod setup adjusting the camera position would have involved a lot more ‘faffing’ about but instead I could just click away.
With this scene I wanted to arrange the tree trunks so they took up a space that was equidistant from each other, with no overlap. The five trees were in amongst other trees and with the compact I was able to refine the composition so it only included my intended subjects. I liked the way the area under the branches was quite dark leading to a much brighter area at the back, which tends to lead your eye into the picture. I was very pleased with my shoot that day as I came back with a number of pictures I liked which to be honest I don’t expect I would have bothered to set up the big camera for, and above all I had fun doing it. So I can heartily recommend you try out a compact and see if it can help you free your creativity
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This old tree is probably my favourite tree, I visit it on a regular basis to see how it is getting along, because, as you can see, it has seen better days. I fully expect to turn up one day to find it finally succumbed and has fallen into the river, but until that time comes I shall continue to visit it. That’s the the thing about trees, particularly old gnarled ones, they seem to have a permanence, a solidity which we mostly take for granted. Some can be very distinctive and seem to have a character of their own.
Have you got a favourite tree ? Maybe one that you planted from a sapling and have seen grow as you have grown. Or perhaps it is an old oak standing in a field that you pass on your way home from work. Whatever it is make a point of giving it a visit. After all it’s not likely to visit you !