Struggle for life


Canon 7d/Canon 17-40mm F4 L series lens, UV filter, Lee Big Stopper 10 stop neutral density filter. Processed in Lightroom 3. ISO 100 17mm F 16 @ 90 seconds.

I have been looking at this tree for a while now contemplating an interesting composition for it. The tree sits on a tiny spit of land on Lake Champlain in Oakledge Park and I have always admired its tenacity at surviving such a harsh environment.

I wanted to show lots of movement here and there is a little in the tree. With the whipping wind it would have been near impossible to capture the long exposure without showing the movement of the tree and branches. While an image of the tree not moving with the clouds speeding by would have been nice that was not my intent here. Have a good weekend…Let me know what you think of this one!

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4 thoughts on “Struggle for life

  1. Good shot! You’re definitely right to contemplate this tree 🙂 Its awesome. The first thing I notice about this tree is that the top branches look like they could cradle the sun or a cloud above them–this may also be helpful by creating a silhouette, which would emphasize the tree’s unique form. I think some more dramatic light, more color, and a greater tonal range could also be good additions. Definitely go back at different times of the day and see what it looks like!!

    • Thanks Tim…Great ideas! I went to the tree last night and there is record flooding in the area and half of this tree is submerged..have to wait a few weeks!

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