Pamela Hoaglund  


Tree of Life by Pamela Hoaglund

December 2019 - Tree of Life

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This tree along the coast of Washington has been appropriately named the Tree of Life as it is hanging on to life by its roots. The Pacific Ocean has washed away its foundation. My dog, Goldie, is sitting in front of it to show perspective. Taken with my iPhone SE and minor processing and cropping done in Snapseed.


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7 comments posted

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Your image documents the power of the Pacific Ocean. Including the dog adds additional interest to the photo. I know it can be challenging to know exactly how the image will look when it is posted on the PSA website. Given that, some of the brighter areas of the image appear to be a bit overexposed slightly. I included an image where I darkened the image and added some contrast. Pretty small issue.   Posted: 12/10/2019 12:16:03
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Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
A very interesting image from the Washington coast where we usually see the haystacks. This is a nice illustration of the advice to turn around and see what is behind you. The exposed roots clearly show how the tree structure above and below ground match. Very interesting.   Posted: 12/11/2019 11:06:43

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Dave's adding a few little edits really brings out your dog sitting patiently for you to take the photo. Love it.

It almost looks like a cave from erosion back under the tree. Thanks so much for sharing. I teach up in Door County Wisconsin and they are having a lot of problems because the water level of Lake Michigan is so high. The roots and your dog makes this image for me.   Posted: 12/12/2019 08:53:13

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Dave's adding a few little edits really brings out your dog sitting patiently for you to take the photo. Love it.

It almost looks like a cave from erosion back under the tree. Thanks so much for sharing. I teach up in Door County Wisconsin and they are having a lot of problems because the water level of Lake Michigan is so high. The roots and your dog makes this image for me.   Posted: 12/12/2019 08:53:14

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Goldie is a good model to hold that pose while you take a photo! As others have mentioned, I'm not sure your camera gave you the best exposure in this situation. The resultant image seems flat - lacking contrast and detail - and somewhat monochromatic. Not sure how to fix it in post, either. It's a tough one for me.   Posted: 12/15/2019 12:15:38

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Tree barely holding on to life through extended roots could be illustrative for a "never give up" motivational poster. Your composition perfectly captures tree's dilemma and your dog good model for perspective. Adorable retriever.   Posted: 12/15/2019 17:16:26

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Thanks for pointing out the dog. Amazing tree so well titled. Makes me want to root (small pun) for it.   Posted: 12/18/2019 09:23:10