This tree sits on a ridge near Chisbury, in Wiltshire, to the south of the hill fort there. The tree is very attractive to my camera, and I have telephoto and wide-angle shots of it in all seasons, the branches bare or shimmering with young spring leaves.
Today, I went for a trip around the lanes at lunch-time, as, from a photography perspective, any bright day in winter needs to be grabbed; there will, after all, be plenty more rainy grey days, before March.
With the cloud structure present — a kind of grey mackerel sky beneath an even higher layer of cirrus — a wide-angle photo was called for. I had brought with me my old Vivitar 19-35mm lens. It’s not stellar, but how much sharpness do you need when the everything is going to end up tiny and far away…
On returning home, and loading the photos into Lightroom, this photo was as nice as I expected. I could also see that a black and white version would work even better.
So there was some button clicking, some slider sliding, some contrast and brightness jiggery-pokery, and hey presto….
[This pic was subsequently on Flickr Explore for 17 Dec 13]