When we were up against the clock, composing shots quickly became second nature
YOUR PHOTO CHALLENGE: GO SHOOT… A lone tree
We realised we couldn’t get quite the right angle to separate the dark tree trunk from the dark band of woodland
A weekend photography scavenger hunt wouldn’t be the same without the inclusion of a lone-tree challenge. Normally a classic, simple-to-find shot such as this would be used to ease you into the whole hunting experience, but here we were on the second day, and it happened to be the sixth challenge.
As with the field of hay bales, we’d spotted this tree at the side of the main A-road into the Cotswolds the previous day; in fact, a two-minute car journey separated them. The shape of this one, and the way that there had appeared to be a clear vantage point to frame it against the sky, had drawn our eyes.
Looking through the viewfinder we realised that we couldn’t get quite the right angle to separate the dark tree trunk from the dark band of woodland in the distance, since getting lower to shoot up into the sky would have meant that we’d lose the base of the trunk and that pleasing sliver of green across the brown field.
The wind had started to pick up and the approaching cloud that had made an attractive backdrop to our long-exposure shot would have drained this tighter shot of any interest, so we needed to work quickly. We parked the car sharpish and we zipped across the road, grabbing the shot without tripods or filters. Who says scenic photography has to be sedate?
EXPOSURE 1/640 sec, f/9, ISO200 LENS Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Cloud cover Zooming in tight would have filled the frame with the white clouds, so Chris opted for a standard 50mm focal length. This ensured the tree wasn’t too small in the frame, and that there was plenty of blue sky visible at the top