04.10.2020 Elevated Ledge Tree

I’ve passed by this tree for years.  It has caught my attention in the past but until Monday I was never moved to make an image. Not sure why it suddenly appealed to me, probably  the light, but I spent a fair amount of time moving a bit this way or that until I decided this was the composition. At first I thought black and white would suit it, but something besides the color was lost so I didn’t stay with the conversion.

The main discussion I had with myself was the placement of the vertical gap in the ledge.  Hide it, expose more or, as I ended deciding, let some of it show. Then it was how to manage the different elements so the tree stood out as the subject more than the lichen covered rock and moss. The understated exposure and the way the twisted root stands out in front of the deep shadow  appeals. I did shoot some portrait mode but landscape allows the root to get more attention. And what do you suppose had been there to cause the tree to be elevated as it is?  An old nurse stump?  A rock that rolled down the slope behind me?

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 04.10.2020 Elevated Ledge Tree

  1. shoreacres says:

    Personally, I suspect the tree’s feeling the urge to get up and go as much as the rest of us. It doesn’t just seem elevated; it seems to be striding forward.

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  2. From what you say, you gave a lot of thought to the composition. Was it more than you normally give to your subjects?

    The lichen seems metallic.

    If a rock had caused the tree’s uplift, wouldn’t the tree have held the rock in place?

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    • Not really. Some just seem posed and ready for their closeup. But most of the time I do inspect angles and whether I want to be higher, lower, on one side or the other, etc.

      Usually I’d think yes, but conjecture allows for exceptions.


  3. Todd Henson says:

    It’s a young Ent waking from slumber about to head off on a stroll through the forest. As with a prevoius photo, I love hearing your thoughts as you worked the scene. And all the effort paid off as I think it’s a very pleasing composition. The tree does stand out from the rest and that dark vertical might have helped with that. And I also like that twisted root by the darker shadow on the right. It adds some real character to the tree.

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    • Thanks for the Ent vision, Todd. I love the LOTR series and am pleased this brings that to mind. The root was what first caught my attention after all these years and it was a question of how to employ it. I tried a few compositions from the side with the root as a foreground but it didn’t appeal as much as this view.


  4. susurrus says:

    It’s a lovely, textural composition. I’d need to see a wider shot to speculate on how the tree got there. From this, I wonder if it didn’t just grow the best it could where the seed fell?

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    • Thanks, Susan. What you see here on either side is pretty much what it is like for a distance in both directions. There are more trees in similar situations although not many look like they’re ready to take a hike. There is another tree around the side of the ledges that is growing on top but has developed a root that travels a good 15 feet down its ledge to grab the earth below. It doesn’t make for a nice picture but maybe I’ll share it some day. It is entirely possible that it just grew that way, but usually when I see something like this it is straddling a nurse log.


  5. krikitarts says:

    I can see its toes feeling around for better purchase at lower right. I’ve often wished we could watch trees growing and adapting the way we can with time-lapse studies of flowers.

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    • I am sure there must be at least photographic records of tree growth over time periods of months and certainly years. Toes. Or …I also see a snail’s eyes extending and surveying its surroundings..


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like a nice hobbit home. 😉

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    This is fun to see – I like the way the tree roots and rock have similar textural qualities. Keeping everything dark and subdued works well. I’m curious about “landscape mode” and “portrait mode.” Do you use those settings on your camera? I know we have different cameras but mine has those too, and many more. I haven’t tried them all by any means. And then there are portrait and landscape color choices in LR. It’s dizzying. 🙂

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    • I didn’t’ know that cameras can do that inside. Guess I’ve been under a rock with my old 5D Mark II. In order to do one or the other it means revolving the camera on my ballhead.
      I wanted the tree to stand out and it’s original light value was similar to the ledge. I figure if manipulating the values was good enough for Saint Ansel, well then it’s good enough for me. 🙂


      • bluebrightly says:

        So you meant horizontal vs. vertical? Of course! For some reason I wasn’t thinking about the framing, but rather the overall effect of different modes in cameras and in LR, too, that change contrast, color, etc. E.g. portrait mode is softer, etc. Silly, because what you said makes much more sense thinking about the orientation of the shot. My camera isn’t capable of changing the orientation from horizontal to vertical, but maybe there’s one out there that does. 😉 It’s wonderful what you can do by manipulating values, especially when you get in there with a brush or radial filter, etc.
        OK, thanks for being patient with me, Steve!

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      • Whew. For a moment there I thought I would have camera envy. Although I do admit to wishing I had some of the new features. I figure to replace my camera, should I ever get to work again after this plague is over, with one that will do HDR in camera.

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