When we were up against the clock, com­pos­ing shots quickly be­came se­cond na­ture

YOUR PHOTO CHAL­LENGE: GO SHOOT… A lone tree

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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

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