Dhananjay Rao  

Lone Tree by Dhananjay Rao

February 2021 - Lone Tree

About the Image(s)

Knox Farms near East Aurora, NY is a beautiful property that offers great landscape views for all seasons. This winter was no different. This lone single tree across acres of grassland between two wooded patches on either side - stands out. This is my humble attempt in this genre of photography (simplistic landscape - showing a single tree or single subject in presence of open vastness).

I try to use rule of thirds generally, but I felt this one needs exception, centre placement balances my view. The either sides of woodland, lead me into the tree but still remain away in background.

Shooting at F/9 , keeping shutter at 1/500 with ISO200. I have edited the picture a bit (Dehaze, warmth and vibrance to pop out the actual yellowishness of the dry grassland).

4 comments posted

Robyn Carter   Robyn Carter
Lone Trees - my favourite subject when not shooting wildlife, and very hard to find where I am. The centred tree is perfect in this image, the rule of thirds is made to be broken in this scenario. I love the way you've made sure the tree is separated from the background. You could further make this image pop by playing with contrasts, particularly in the sky, and see if you can lighten the leaves on the tree slightly.

I would love to see this shot in all seasons, at different times of the day :)   Posted: 02/12/2021 00:15:14

Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
I usually have a bit of a hard time with the main motif being placed in the middle, but I thought it makes good sense in this case, where the tree is between the trees in the background, on the other hand it is nicely divided into thirds, it is nice that the tree stands completely free.   Posted: 02/15/2021 08:23:16

Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
I love images of trees. They are pretty special. I'm not finding this image sharp??? There is a softness to the overall image. The sky is nice and moody but a bit too much sky. The little bits of white in the foreground draw my eyes away from the tree.   Posted: 02/15/2021 10:58:03

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke

I like the image - simple and to the point. You did a great job of the exposure and capturing the sky that has some character to it.

If possible can you go back to the same spot and take the image a bit lower - removing the path from behind the tree that goes to the right and crop the white rocks or what ever they are out.

Not sure there is enough over tonality to the image to turn it into a B&W but a thought.

You capture a nice image showing a winter environment that is drab yet with the one conifer tree giving color. Cool   Posted: 02/15/2021 17:16:11


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