Ian Cambourne  

Transylvania Road Trip by Ian Cambourne

May 2022 - Transylvania Road Trip

About the Image(s)

Covid restrictions are over. We are allowed to travel again. It was just after sunset and the evening was approaching on the Transylvanian road as I banged my tripod on the carriage roof, bringing it to a halt. I got out to find there was no driver and the horses were panting heavily. Much of the landscape was like this, stark, little or no light left in the day, just some distant clouds and trees showing any sign of life, and a foreboding feeling that something was coming. I set my camera on my tripod with settings of ISO 100; f10 for a 2 second exposure through a 70mm lens and took some images of this dying day. Then I climbed back into the carriage and the horses set off again. I began to wonder what Count Dracula would say about my images when I showed him upon my arrival at his castle. Then I woke up.

Actually, this image was taken just 5 minutes from home after our recent floods subsided, leaving much debris hanging in the trees and blowing in a gentle breeze, that were submerged just a week or so before.

6 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
A month of trees for Group 73 and no I did not specify that was the topic, just coincidence ....a moody, dark shot perfect for black and white. And a very active imagination! The imagination fits well with the image. Forbidding might be the best description. It's amazing how fickle the weather has become around the world. I have a good friend who is also into conservation and global warning who has told me he fears we have passed the last exit for redemption of our planet and I fear he is correct.

But back to your image....at first I thought it there was an angry body of water there, but in fact I think it is just an really "angry" sky. I think my brain jumped to conclusions thinking about flooding, therefore had to be a source for the flood. That's why I always look more closely after I read the description.   Posted: 05/11/2022 11:27:49
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thank you for your comments Sherry. Yes, it was a "moody" time of day, right at the tail end of sunset and no two days were ever the same. Different clouds, different trees, different debris blowing in different breezes. A lot of fun.   Posted: 05/20/2022 03:59:28

Tom Barbernitz   Tom Barbernitz
Very nice silhouette of the tree - and fun story to go with it. Completely agree with Sherry that I thought at first glance it was over a large body of water. 2n look - Found the horizon. Would have loved to see more of the lower edge bringing me in to the picture and differentiating the horizon - but that is just my preference. I really like the dark and sinister looking sky!
  Posted: 05/11/2022 18:10:32
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Tom. I was really going for the silhouette angle and the lower foreground was just a plain black blob. I wanted the viewers' attention to be on the tree, sky and clouds.   Posted: 05/20/2022 04:01:45

Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
Very nice silhouette. I thought the choice of Monochrome added a lot of drama.
Some part of the tree is still while the wind moves some of the leaves which create a blur - I loved that about this image.
Clouds and the trees on the horizon provide a fantastic frame.

Beautiful composition.

  Posted: 05/14/2022 19:44:23
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thanks Dhananjay. This was a fun photographic exercise for me, playing around with composition, shutter speeds and DOF, all with silhouettes being seen in my mind. Some worked better than others.   Posted: 05/20/2022 04:04:30


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