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Lone Plum Tree

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 4 March 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Port Costa, California

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ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Down the Carquinas Strait. Benicia beyond? best...jerry

4 Mar 2010 5:41am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very interesting PoV on this landscape

4 Mar 2010 6:06am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

This is an amazing compisition and use of those lines, Stephen. A tad to dark for my personal taste but still an outstanding shot.

4 Mar 2010 6:06am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really love the loan tree, nice shot

4 Mar 2010 6:37am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

very well composed

4 Mar 2010 9:11am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Très belle perspective et paysage

4 Mar 2010 10:00am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

To hell with that rule of thirds.....i love that tree, plunked down almost dead center!!! Really nice composition.....takes you visually all the way down the tracks!! Cool !!

4 Mar 2010 11:05am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Nice low POV and very good framing !!

4 Mar 2010 11:16am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such an interesting tree all alone, checked out the link and the story, good to read and must remember to check out the bar if I am ever visiting there

4 Mar 2010 1:35pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I love the tones in this shot, the dark sky is wonderful and the clouds seem to echo the tracks into the distance......although I know that rules are meant to be broken, I think I would prefer the shot with the tree a bit more toward the left side (at the thirds position) and balancing the shoreline with the train tracks.....

4 Mar 2010 4:03pm

@Chris: Thanks Chris - I weighed the various options here. To me - what's lost in 'doing-it-right' is the drama of the sky. The tree seemed nicely balanced by the hillside and the heavy sky just kind of wraps it hands around the whole thing.

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Don't know what it looked like when it was industrialised,but i'd be happy with the way it looks now,nicely done Stephen.

4 Mar 2010 4:06pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I love the way this tree stands contrary to the perspective lines of water, land, and road.

4 Mar 2010 4:20pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Love the simplicity of this. Great eye for composition!!

4 Mar 2010 4:25pm

k@ from Paris, France

Very elegant palette & rare tones !

4 Mar 2010 6:13pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

poor guy...Hopefully there is a bird familly singing in...

4 Mar 2010 10:10pm

@KriKridesign: ...and no doubt you'll find them on 'Twitter'...

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Not a typical place for a plum tree to be planted. They're such pretty little trees.

5 Mar 2010 3:11am

@sherri: Howdy, Sherri - I agree - Plum is a favorite of mine. When I first arrived in California in the Spring of 1970 - I lived for two months across from a plum orchard. I can remember waking to flames being reflected off my bedroom wall as the hands would light the smudge-pots in the middle of the nights to keep the crop from freezing. An alarming sight when you aren't used to it.

The streets of San Francisco are lined with many plum trees and they just finished blossoming a couple of weeks back. Always a sign of impending spring!

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This is very interesting how the shore line, tracks, and even clouds lead the eye.

5 Mar 2010 1:43pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe composition.

5 Mar 2010 4:00pm