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Dartmoor Tree

Dartmoor Tree
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Copyright: Doug Whincup (dougsphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 5 N: 190] (849)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Trees
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 14:00
Viewed: 2945
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
High up on a desolate, barren, rugged yet beautiful Darmoor tor, this solitary windswept tree atop the tor nestled amongst the rocks was just crying out for a shot!

I was trying to achieve a stark monochrome quality to the image, and chose a simple composition of boulder shapes, silhouetted tree and moody clouds behind.

In post-processing I applied some small subtle curves and contrast tweaks to enhance the mood slightly, and I applied a little sepia tone as it seemed to suit the scene - and I also tried a little burning in of some of the clouds (takes a little practice - I hope it's not too noticeable!)

I hope you like it.

Some notes on the spooky side of Dartmoor ....

"Dartmoor abounds with myths and legends. It is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of 'spectral hounds', and a large black dog. During the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, Dartmoor was even said to have been visited by the Devil.

Many landmarks have ancient legends and ghost stories associated with them, such as Jay's Grave, the ancient burial site at Childe's Tomb, and a rock pile called Bowerman's Nose.

A few stories have emerged in recent decades, such as the 'hairy hands', that are said to attack travellers on the B3212 near Two Bridges.

Dartmoor has inspired a number of artists and writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Eden Phillpotts, Beatrice Chase, Agatha Christie and the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould."

I didn't spot or photograph any of the above I'm glad (or afraid!) to say...

I hope you like it. Thanks for looking

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-07 17:44]

Hi Doug. This one i like. The black and white makes the shot.The clouds and rocks have a lot of texture . a lot of detail to look at. very well done TFS.Nick..

Hi Doug,

Though the composition feels a bit "centered" the lines of the rocks leading up to the silhouetted tree are really nice. Nice sharpness and textures.

Evelynn : )

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-08 4:01]

Hi Doug,

really nice mood you've caught here mate, the monotone with a a hint of sepia works very well indeed. I think the centred composition is actually quite appropriate. Dartmoor is littered with amazing photo opportunities, but this is still very well seen. Good work!

Hope you're doing ok, always good to see a post from your good self. Next time try to get one of those infamous black dogs..;o)


Hi Doug,
I surely like what you tried to do to the photo. But I am not sure if it worked. It looks as if you over sharpened the photo too much. The composition is great and I like the way the rocks lead to the tree. I think a little more detail in the tree would be nice as well.

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