A Mighty Oak


Oak tree with the first snowfall of the season. Oakledge Park. Burlington, Vermont.

Oak tree with the first snowfall of the season. Oakledge Park. Burlington, Vermont.

We finally had our first snowfall here in Burlington a few weeks ago and I rushed out to catch a few images as weather can be fickle around here and as I was shooting the snow was melting fast! I  went out to a local park and walked around looking for something that might convey the Winter season with not much in the way of snow. The Oak tree here is really quite impressive and with these huge, bare limbs that had a dusting of snow on them.

It’s difficult in the warmer months to convey the size of this tree because of the foliage but in the Winter the bare branches make for interesting patterns against the sky. A strange composition to shoot as the bottom of the tree is shrouded in thick and pretty horrible looking vegetation with the top being so huge that it is tough to cram it all into the frame. This tree and I came to an understanding on this day as I have looked at it many times looking for just the right way to frame it. The storm clouds framed the tree while making it appear to be silhouetted against the sky which made for a pretty striking image.

Image Data: ISO 100. 19mm. F11 @ 1/640. B+W UV filter with an Induro tripod and ballhead. Processed in NIk Silver Efex Pro and Lightroom.

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