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  • Tree Photography Tips

    Photographing trees can be a very creative and yet challenging process. First of all unlike photographing people most trees are tall and therefore one is shooting from below creating a slightly distorted view. To overcome this problem try photographing from a distance with 300mm lens. There are many advantages of doing this, one is you can cover the whole of the tree from top to bottom including protruding branches. Secondly you get rid of the distortion and finally you can blur out the background which often can be distracting to the eye.

    Here are some examples of my B&W tree photography using these techniques:
    - Black and White Tree Photography

    Look forward to your comments.

    - Fine Art Flowers and Tree Photography, Black and White Nature Photography
    Last edited by vitalygeyman; 09-15-2010, 04:18 AM.

  • #2
    Some very nice shots in your gallery there, and good tips. If only I had a 300mm lens!
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    • #3
      You have some very nice shots there, I particularly like "236 Moses Tree B&W". I really prefer color to black and white for this type shot. I love taking those of the streaming light too, here are two I recently took:

      Early Morning Sunlight in the Fog _ASC4923

      Early Morning Sunlight in the Fog _ASC4917
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      • #4
        Tree Photography

        Yes I love trees in color as well check out:
        - Tree Photography

        These images are great with a little Photoshop enhancement you can turn them into works of art.



        • #5
          Love that 'evening glow ' photograph. How did you manage that?
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          • #6
            Tree Photography

            I have two versions of that image "Evening Glow"
            1. Evening Glow In Color
            2. Evening Glow B&W

            Both were taken with a 300mm lense as I described above to blur the background. Then I used a number of Photoshop techniques to burn and dodge and add a little glow. They key I believe is not just techniques but developing an eye for composition, which is the most valuable asset of good photography.

            So as you can see the pavement in this image curves nicely around the trees allowing the eye to follow into the distance. The evening sunlight lighting up the trees at angle creates a contrast and drama. There is an interplay between shadow and light. All together it creates an interesting composition.

            Does that answer your question?
            Last edited by vitalygeyman; 09-15-2010, 01:01 AM.


            • #7
              Tree Photography

              Also wanted to mention that I often use a regular 18-55 mm lens the key is to distance yourself from the tree as much as your lens will allow you and then zoom in. And by the way I can write a whole article about professional photography with minimal equipment. Most of my equipment is second hand and very basic. I don't thing we always need the latest and the greatest, we just need to be creative.