E.J.Wilkins

02 Jan 2007 497 views
 
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photoblog image Memories of Autumn

Memories of Autumn

This is just a beech tree in the autumn, that's all. It was very pretty but I don't think this picture does it justice.
 (edit - the white in the sky is cloud, not glare)

This was taken on a sunny but windy day, so everything was moving. I couldn't step back any further because there was a fence behind me, and couldn't include more of the top of the tree because the camera was at its maximum setting. The tree is now bare and will rest until late spring before its' leaves return.

This is a Copper Beech, which looks beautiful when it's in leaf and then adds a glorious splash of gold in the autumn. Sadly in 2006 the autumn colour was short-lived because of awful weather, including strong winds, which tore most of the leaves off the trees as soon as they changed colour.

Trees like this one, which is probably a couple of hundred years old, are increasingly under threat in the UK because home owners believe they will damage their houses, and the leaves are a nuisance. Insurance companies sometimes insist that such trees are felled to reduce the risk, and builders have been known to fell them when they take over a site because, despite hefty fines, they can make more profit from a treeless site.
This tree may be safe, for a time, because it is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, yet these can be overturned if the tree is found guilty of causing a problem to bricks and mortar.

my vfxy

Memories of Autumn

This is just a beech tree in the autumn, that's all. It was very pretty but I don't think this picture does it justice.
 (edit - the white in the sky is cloud, not glare)

This was taken on a sunny but windy day, so everything was moving. I couldn't step back any further because there was a fence behind me, and couldn't include more of the top of the tree because the camera was at its maximum setting. The tree is now bare and will rest until late spring before its' leaves return.

This is a Copper Beech, which looks beautiful when it's in leaf and then adds a glorious splash of gold in the autumn. Sadly in 2006 the autumn colour was short-lived because of awful weather, including strong winds, which tore most of the leaves off the trees as soon as they changed colour.

Trees like this one, which is probably a couple of hundred years old, are increasingly under threat in the UK because home owners believe they will damage their houses, and the leaves are a nuisance. Insurance companies sometimes insist that such trees are felled to reduce the risk, and builders have been known to fell them when they take over a site because, despite hefty fines, they can make more profit from a treeless site.
This tree may be safe, for a time, because it is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, yet these can be overturned if the tree is found guilty of causing a problem to bricks and mortar.

my vfxy

comments (8)

  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Jan 2007, 01:28
Hey you, I have been keeping an eye on you btu I have not been home to comment and I have not been posting because I have not been able to shoot anything decent. The weather up here has been bad and I have not been able to get to grips with my new camera yet. I will no longer post just for the sake of it. It's time for me to learn my new craft and i need your help. I am coming down in May and I'd like to go out shooting with you. You up for it?
EJWilkins: To be honest I'm surprised anybody has managed to take any pictures other than of raindrops, or imitating the "at midnight" (total blackness) type of thing over the last week or so. The weather, here at least, has been atrocious with 'day' being something of a misnomer because it's been barely light!
I don't think there's anything I can help you with as far as your camera etc is concerned, mine's little more than a point and shoot, although I can probably show you some photogenic places where you'll be able to snap away to your heart's content .. people, buildings and/or wildlife.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 2 Jan 2007, 02:10
Ohhhhh. I hate to hear what you've said about this wonderful tree. So sad. I understand the dilemma and would hate to have to make a decision over the safety of my house vs. the safety of the tree.

Your photo does the tree more justice than you probably think, Ellie. She's a magnificent tree rising up above the houses (which seem quite dwarfed by her). You have presented her in such a way as to give her precedence over the best plans of mice and men. It will be all that much sadder if she loses the battle.
EJWilkins: Hi Ginnie, thanks. (I'll catch up with your other messages later on wink ) This is a really huge old tree, probably between 80 and 100 ft tall. It stands on a bend in the road. These Edwardian houses are large by UK standards ... the ones directly behind the tree are three floors high, not little cottages as they may appear. I will get a picture I'm truly satisfied with, although I think whole trees are quite hard to get 'right'.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 2 Jan 2007, 08:05
Beautiful autumn and a great tree
EJWilkins: Thank you Magnus. I was determined to get a picture of this tree last year, the weather conspired against me and only a few days after I took this picture all the leaves had gone. Hopefully I'll achieve something better this coming year.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jan 2007, 08:28
Hi Ellie - a nice posting. Funny how you can have a Tree Preservation Order, chopping developers and demanding insurers all at one go. Here we sometimes have people unhappy with trees obscuring the views to their billboards, so they quickly chop them down at night before anyone can stop it. Face the music (which may include a fine, depending on municipal by-laws) for a day or two and then it is over.

About the photo - it is halfway light blown from the right. Could you maybe have walked down the road to your right a bit? I know its not always possible.
EJWilkins: Hi Louis, it's a funny old world isn't it, with rules that can be broken if you can afford the fine.
The white in the sky is cloud, everything else was moving in the strong wind. I tried uploading with/without the sharpening but both were about the same. This is the only position where the whole tree can be seen without either lamp posts or signposts in the way.
I'll get a picture of this huge old tree this year, one that I'm proud of .. howzat for a resolution? wink
  • shiv
  • India
  • 2 Jan 2007, 09:07
i completely agree with louis about the photograph,
if you think the photo does not do it justice,experiment,spend some more time,try diffrerent angles and settings....
EJWilkins: Hi Shiv, I've just edited into the script at the top that the white is cloud, it isn't glare. I think trees, whole trees that is, are quite hard to get right and show both their size and their grandeur. Some people can do it, some can't. It's something I'm hoping to learn this year, and will get it right. smile Thanks for your comment, you know I appreciate your visits.
This photo has potentials to be better, however this is still a very simple and nice shot Ellie. Enjoy
EJWilkins: Hi Ogonna, thank you so much for your comment. On the whole I think you're right, how would you improve this picture?
  • Mal
  • 2 Jan 2007, 16:19
Hi El and happy new year to you. You have chosen an almost impossible situation to nail with an exposure! For me the exposure is spot on because of the shadow detail on the hedge at the base of the image is correct. with such a massive contrast of light and dark through the branches and leaves you were always going to struggle. So with out a painstaking task of blending 3 images at different exposures you did a great job. Mal
the composition is good...but i wud say that this isnt one of your better shots for sure...but i dont think i cud hv done it better if i were in your position...
taking the physical boundries into consideration i wud say thats an ok shot...
-Vyder

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