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The frosty Lone Tree (Swift Current, Sk area - 2017 January 26)

The stories this old tree could tell.... was there a homestead that went with the...
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The frosty Lone Tree (Swift Current, Sk area - 2017 January 26)

The stories this old tree could tell.... was there a homestead that went with the tree in years gone by? It has survived all the winds and bad weather we get in the Prairies over so many years.... all alone with no protection from the elements. It weathers the storms stoically year after year. Who planted and nurtured this tree all those years ago? Now when local people drive by it on the nearby highway, many honk at the tree and wave. Some locals have told me you have to honk at it... it brings good luck.
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Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography December 24, 2017
Awesome capture. / Voted
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Maadhatter December 25, 2017
Thank you.
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eelcovanroden March 09, 2018
Congratulations on your Challenge Award!
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Maadhatter March 09, 2018
Thank you.
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JDLifeshots March 09, 2018
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
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Forfarlass March 09, 2018
Its a Fantastic Snow image . Congratulations , Well Done. xx
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Maadhatter March 09, 2018
Thank you very much everyone.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo just a few miles north of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. This tree is beside the main north-south highway.
Time
This photo was shot at 10:10 AM CST (2017 January 26).
Lighting
The light was somewhat 'muted' and the air crisp. It was a foggy morning, with the sun peeking through and starting to burn off the fog that had moved into the area overnight. The hoar frost was starting to sparkle.
Equipment
I shot this hand-held, with a Nikon D200 Aperture Priority f /5.6 1/1000 sec ISO 400 Manual White Balance set at "Shade" Exposure 0 step Pattern Metering. I shot this photo using a Tamron AF 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens at 50mm.
Inspiration
I love The Lone Tree in all seasons. This particular day I was out for a drive with my camera, and stopped to take a few shots of The Lone Tree. The tree looked especially stunning dressed up in the beautiful thick frost compliments of the fog. I love the stark beauty winter lends to the landscape. So many people see the Prairies as boring and uninspiring, especially in winter, but there is beauty wherever you look. You just have to take the time to look around and appreciate it.
Editing
I shoot JPEG (have not had time to learn a program that works with RAW yet.) I used ACDSee Pro 6 to straighten the horizon slightly (that seems to always be an issue for me.... I must not see straight.) The original photo looked pink (I didn't realize my White Balance was set to shade, and I didn't know what settings I should be using so as not to have everything pink. I used ACDSee to convert this photograph from colour to Black and White and liked it. The only other adjustment I made is the removal of a powerpole in the centre of the photograph near the fence line seen in the distance - the power pole seemed to stick out like a sore thumb, taking attention away from the subject at hand - The Lone Tree.
In my camera bag
I usually have my Nikon D750, D200 and D5100 cameras in my bag along with my Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens, a Tamron SP 24-70MM F/2.8 Di VC USD and a Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens. I need a bigger camera bag. (I did not yet have my Nikon D750 when I shot this photograph.)
Feedback
My advice for others is to shoot, shoot, shoot.... shoot as often as you can and get off the main roads. This photograph was taken along the main highway, but I was safely pulled off the highway on a nearby pull off (and even then also had my four-way flashers on.) Take advantage of the lighting when it is foggy, cloudy or when rain is moving in. Play with your f stops and shutter speeds. Play with your white balance and exposures. Take more than one photo ... you can always delete it if it doesn't turn out. When you download your photos, don't discard the photo because the colour isn't what you had wanted it to be (such as too pink.) Try converting it to sepia or black and white... sometimes that is the only adjustment you need to make to the photo in post-processing. Most important of all... have fun.

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