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A Mighty Oak - no more...

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 12 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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third of three black and white images

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Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Stephen, this is just beautiful in Black and White - If these are printed and placed in the restaurant you will have to post the address when they are ready - I would love to stop by there when I am in the North Bay and see them. Great Work and wonderful composition!

12 Mar 2009 5:30am

@Scott Schilling: Thank you Scott - I will let you know. Right now it looks as though he's about 3 - 4 weeks from opening.

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking image, love the shape of the tree

12 Mar 2009 6:37am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful image
the oak looks like dancing in a ballet

12 Mar 2009 7:17am

@yz: An interesting observation and I like it.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Love grey tones of this shot !

12 Mar 2009 7:55am

k@ from France

Wow, Stephen, happily I'm already on a chair, I'd have fallen down : so powerful, gorgeous, sensible ! Love it***

12 Mar 2009 9:23am

@k@: Bless you k@

Chris from South Jersey, United States

wow - I don't know how you did the b&w processing but it is just stunning - the silver in the image is really breathtaking.....

12 Mar 2009 11:13am

@Chris: Not so much processing as timing. It was mostly overcast with little 'puddles' of light shinning through. I set the tripod and sat in the car listening to the Newshour™ with Jim Lehrer on the FM radio. After about 15 - 20 minutes - a pool of light slowly came down the hill to the left - heading for the tree. I could see finally that it was about to score a 'direct hit' and got everything set. So the magic is the filtered light on the tree and grasses and nowhere else.

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great image. the b/w has some hints of IR but not completely. Excellent!

12 Mar 2009 12:59pm

@dogilicious: (if you get a chance - see my note to Chris) - and thanks.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Serious delicacy and despair, I love this, would also love to see it in colour...fantastic Stephen ;)

12 Mar 2009 1:16pm

@Lorraine: Here you go -

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

I'm speechless, Stephen!!! One of my favourite landscape for a long long while! Amazing find and perfect capture!

12 Mar 2009 1:18pm

@hugo poon: Thanks so much, Hugo.

sherri from Little Rock, United States

...and yet it's still beautiful

12 Mar 2009 2:29pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

What killed these Oaks Stephen i'm guessing fire because of the lack of undergrowth..Excellent shot once again.

12 Mar 2009 3:12pm

@Jeff: There is a fungus that is devastating oak populations throughout California. Whether these were victims of that or what - I can't answer. Fire is unlikely the cause for an Oak as large as these.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I especially like the dark tangle of gnarled branches against the lighter sky.

12 Mar 2009 3:22pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Good composition and exposure, Stephen. I like it.

12 Mar 2009 5:36pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Magnificent vista...superbly captured.

12 Mar 2009 5:45pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

I love the old, gnarled tree. Beautiful landscape.

12 Mar 2009 6:07pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot Stephen, but how sad for the tree!!! This black & white work really does justice to these shots!!

12 Mar 2009 7:50pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Fantastic B/W shot.

12 Mar 2009 9:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Simply beautiful.

12 Mar 2009 11:19pm

willow from United States

Fire or lightening? Kind of sad, but beautiful.

13 Mar 2009 1:38am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

hi again...i emailed you the other day about receiving the print...did you get the email??

13 Mar 2009 1:47am

@Susan: Susan - you did - and I am sorry I've not acknowledged your note. This week has had me busy beyond any in recent memory. And it continues. Glad to hear you received it and will look forward to getting back to you soon. Enjoy. Gotta go...

Magda from Canada

Fantastic image! Nice choice in b&w.

13 Mar 2009 2:17am

narcís from Girona, Catalunya, Spain

Bonic blanc i negre!! M'agrada la diferencia de contrast del primer pla i el fons. SALUT!!!

13 Mar 2009 8:36am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Thank you, they are both phenomenal, I hadn't thought of the frost, it's splendid, in both b&w and colour

13 Mar 2009 2:40pm

@Lorraine: Thanks, Lorraine - FYI - there is no frost, in fact it was a nicely warm day. What is here is just back light through the silvery grasses.

grant from kansas city, United States

i like this soft light - perfect for this scene.

14 Mar 2009 1:30am

Cricket-Tammy from United States

Oh what a fantastic image.

15 Mar 2009 12:47am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

My prefered shot in this series…

15 Mar 2009 4:06pm

@Calusarus: Thanks - mine too - that's why I saved it for last... (so far).


Sublime. What a characterful tree, and a brilliant composition

19 Mar 2009 3:12pm