PHOTOGRAPHING TREES IS HARDER THAN IT SEEMS. First of all, everyone knows what trees look like so how do you capture them in a unique way that showcases their natural beauty? Second, oftentimes woods and forests are so densely packed, it’s tough to get a visual bead on your subject. And third, just about every photographer we know has captured trees with their cameras. They’re just such amazing, ever-present subjects, it’s hard to resist photographing them. With all that in mind, we asked readers not to underestimate our Trees, Woods, and Forests assignment. We knew readers had tons of photos of trees but how many of them truly stood out? We found out as we received a record number of submissions for this assignment, many of them quite good. We only wanted to see the forest for the trees and that’s exactly what we got. Here are our six favorite images of Trees, Woods, and Forests.
THE TREE WITH A MIND OF ITS OWN
“This tree is in Pacific Grove, California, just off of Lighthouse Avenue,” Christopher Axe writes. “I really love its quirkiness and the incredible detail in its branches.” He shot it with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm f/4 lens at 27mm and f/19. The image was processed as a 32-bit HDR in Lightroom and then edited in Photoshop. “I removed most of the telephone lines and added a new sky with more color,” he adds.
TREES IN THE CLOUDS
“I shot this photograph during the blue hour, about 4:30 in the morning, from Steptoe Butte in the Palouse of Washington,” Donna Caplinger explains. She used a Nikon D800 and a 500mm lens at f/16, ISO 320, 1/4 second. © Donna Caplinger