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Defiant of Time



The tales this tree could tell if it was able to speak. It is probably century’s old and looks battered and weathered but it has persevered. It has defied man...
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The tales this tree could tell if it was able to speak. It is probably century’s old and looks battered and weathered but it has persevered. It has defied man, nature, time, wars and is still going strong looking all wise and ominous with its tentacle-like branches reaching out in the sky.

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Runner Up in Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 28
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5 Comments | Report
davidsloan
 
davidsloan January 01, 2018
Strong vibrant capture,truly is rustic magic :>)
ChibaBob
 
ChibaBob January 03, 2018
I love this photo so much! It inspires me. Such a cool shot.
markkrause PRO
 
markkrause January 03, 2018
What a fantastic shot! You've really captured this massive beauty very well!
SheriLyn1417
 
SheriLyn1417 March 04, 2018
Absolutely beautiful!
keepclicking
 
keepclicking November 23, 2018
Awesome shot, fab light.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This characteristic tree stands in an old graveyard in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands. It dates back to around 1813 when the cemetery was founded on the edges of the historic city of Leiden.
Time
Once I found out it existed and so close to my home I went searching for this tree.I remember franticly riding my bike around the city looking for this tree. Then finally one monday morning I stubbled upon it and could nog believe my eyes....
Lighting
It was a drab day thunderstorms were coming and going. I waited for a little bit of light and started shooting. I love how the light wraps around the trunk and gives it dimensions. Luckily it was a little overcast when I took this image. Autumn had just peaked so the fall color was already on the way out...
Equipment
This was shot on a Nicon D7100, with my trusty Tokina 11-16, of course I used a tripod and a remote release to trigger the shutter and minimalist camera shake.
Inspiration
I saw another image from a different angle of this tree in my timeline over at instagram. Immediately was in love with the image and the tree and when I saw the location I could not believe that it was standing in my hometown. I asked for the precise location and went investigating. This image was taken on a reconnaissance trip to just find out where it was an how to shoot it. I will definitely go back there next autumn and will be hoping for some misty conditions... I think it wil look even beter then...
Editing
I usually shoot bracketed but for this image that was not necessary. I enhanced the fall color some and was primarily focussed on bringing out the structure of the impressive trunk. Because autumn was on its way out I also edited in some more branches and leaves in the spots that were a little empty.
In my camera bag
My favorite lense is the trusty, supersharp, built like a tank Tokina 11-16 it is my go-to lense for landscapes. I also love my Tamron 17-50 it is my workhorse and almost always on my camera. My camera is the Nikon D7100 a very good high resolution sensor packed in a relative small body with awesome features. I also always bring my Sigma 70-300 for those thight shots of details and far away subjects.
Feedback
Scout the internet, check websites like viewbug, be inspired and after you have found a great location go back there under different conditions over and over again.

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