Canon 5D MII Sigma 12-24mm@12 | 1/2500s | f/4.5 | ISO400 | Handheld
This “tree” has almost everything that I like a tree to have.
Bambadi, I find this one rather difficult to approach. So, please enlighten me… what is it that resonates with you? I could learn from your insight. Thanks!
Roland, trees fascinate me, especially huge trees. They inspire me, because compared to me, they are “huge”, “lively”, “strong”, almost “eternal”, “peaceful”, “giving”, full of “chaotic patterns” and yet “extremely ordered” complex structures which most of time “die while standing”.
Can you imagine a person like that? lively, strong, spontaneous, peaceful, giving, complex and standing until the moment of death?
Whenever I feel desperate, sad, disappointed, down, dissatisfied, negative, … I look at trees, specially big ones such as the one in this photo. If I can, I go near them, stay near them, touch them… and then I immediately feel better, feel positive. As if they support me and give some of their intrinsic strength to me.
This photo may not be a very specific photo, but because it is demonstrating a “real” tree, I feel better just by looking at it. Please also look at two other photos that I just published. They are also trees, but from another angle.
bambadi, I understand your feelings towards trees very well. To me, trees have, beside many points you brought up, wisdom. It’s metaphorical, I know. I can’t scientifically argue as to why this is so. But I don’t care anway. 🙂 Trees are living creatures and sometimes they have seen centuries… that makes them so special to me. Maybe they are close to what we think of grand parents?
Why I asked those question: what of those qualities do you find somehow perceivable in your photograph? I have a long history of photographing trees. I’ve approached them in so many ways and each time, I felt like I captured one or two aspects, but seldom more. I am still trying for this “ultimate, condensed all-included” tree picture… and the more I do, the more I am convinced, this is impossible. 🙂
I will go to my archive and publish a blog entry with some of my tree shots that I like best. Maybe we can inspire us that way. Thanks for your shots and comments.
Visually, this photo gives me some of the tree characteristics that I like. The thick strong stem, the chaotic innumerable branches with wide span and coverage, the empty area around the tree which emphasizes its uniqueness and greatness…
I see what you mean. Having an “ultimate tree photo” which catches most or all of tangible or intangible qualities of “trees” seems like a very challenging task.
I am looking forward to see your visual interpretation of “trees”. I am sure I will be inspired by them…
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