Cap­ture a shot of Sy­camore Gap

Digital Camera World - - SHOOTOUT -

the day started with real prom­ise, as the Northum­ber­land National Park was swal­lowed in a swirling

mist. One minute it was a thin veil, dif­fus­ing the dawn light beau­ti­fully and of­fer­ing up hints of tree and peaks; the next it be­came a chok­ing blank wall. This meant that there was a fair amount of paus­ing for po­ten­tial views to re­veal them­selves dur­ing the walk to Sy­camore Gap from the car park.

Few trees in the Bri­tish Isles can have been pho­tographed more than this iconic spec­i­men. Made fa­mous by the 1991 movie Robin Hood: Prince of

Thieves, Eng­land’s Tree of the Year 2016 stands next to Hadrian’s Wall in a dip that forms a ready-made frame. It’s hard to re­sist tak­ing the clas­sic shot, but after get­ting this in the bag, Dave and John spent a good hour work­ing var­i­ous com­po­si­tions and train­ing their lenses on the sur­round­ing land­scape, which was be­gin­ning to re­veal it­self as the mist burned off. “I no­ticed a small gnarly tree that lies off on one of the slopes in front of the fa­mous tree,” ex­plains Dave. “I loved its twisted and con­torted shape, and com­posed the shot so I could in­clude them both, show­ing the old tree play­ing sec­ond best to the younger, more fa­mous sy­camore.”

Dave used a Lee Fil­ters 0.9 Medium ND Grad to keep the del­i­cate de­tail in the sky from be­ing over­ex­posed, then con­verted the im­age to black and white when he pro­cessed the raw file.

Kit Canon EOS 6D with 24-105mm f/4 lens at 47mm Ex­po­sure 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 200

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