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Lone Tree

Lone Tree
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1992-09
Categories: Trees, Mountain, River
Camera: Canon T80
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Photographer's favourite, 50-60 points chapter 4, 40-49 Points (Chapter 6), 100 points or more (Chapter 2), My Other Trees, 5 favs. and up [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-24 15:49
Viewed: 11261
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 132
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was a tree that caught my eye whilst hiking in Scotland many years ago (about 13-14 years ago) when I was at uni. The tree was a remnant of the Caledonia Forest which covered much of the highlands at one point in time. Most of it has now gone.

The nearest road (4 or 5 miles of single track dead end road) is a 4 hour walk away. The loch is Loch Dochard, in Glen Kinglass, just south of Rannoch Moor.

I re-visited it some 10 years later, to find the top had gone in the spring storms that very year (it was in the loch). Maybe tomorrow, I'll post that one...

The photo was taken on my old Canon T80 with the 28-50mm lens, then scanned in and edited. The photo needed some noise reduction, there was a lot of noise in the sky, so I ran a selective noise reduction on the sky. I've also increased the saturation slightly and sharpened the picture using USM.

I don't know any of the details for camera settings, but remember that it was taken free hand with me close to the ground to elevate the tree above the mountain line. I got a very wet knee in the process, but it was most definitley worth it.

Hope you like it. It's one of my favourites and is framed and has centre stage in the sitting room.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-24 16:01]

Hi Emma,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details.



Nice landscape. Excellent composition. This scene is just made to be photographed and you made it look good.

The focus on the tree is slightly soft, but I can live with it.

Excellent shot

good composition and really natural colors. I find the tree a bit soft on focus but this doesn't 'spoil' the pic.
Great job

It takes a lot for a thumbnail of a landscape shot to catch my attention - this one did immediately. Nicely composed - the tree "makes" the shot. I'm assuming the softness is just a result of the scanning process. Beautiful place.
Thanks, Nigel.

A truly lovely view, nice distributed lighting, good colors and excellent contrast.


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-11-24 18:26]

HI Emma
Fantastic place, with a great composition for your photo.
Very good DOF and POV (thanks for tree).
very good eye to see this.
Good work.

Hello Emma,

I can see why it would be a favorite, how beautiful it is.

And considering the process that you took to get it from a photo to us, makes it all the more impressive.

Wonderful countryside with its ancient hillsides and last lone tree standing by the water's edge.

Fantastic job, and great composition!

Thank you for taking the time and sharing it with us.

Hello!! Great composition! Beautiful colours. Good shot! Well done. ;O)

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-25 1:06]

wauuuu excellent landscape shot
I love composition!
Well done

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-25 4:36]

Emma bonjour, splendid landscape. Composition and colors are perfect, very well done . Congratulations Didier.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-11-25 5:10]

Hello Emma,
amazing landscape; sharpness,soft colors, light, composition, everything is good! TFS:)

Hi Emma,
I love this view, seems to be a little cold, but so quiet and peaceful.
On TrekLens there is a challenge with special themes and they search "a lonely tree".
This would be perfect for it :-)
So thanks for your beautiful post, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Beautiful. Favorite. My only favorite for now.

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-11-25 12:50]

Me encanta este paisaje Emma, muy buen encuadre, una bella luz y un tratamiento muy elegante.
Un cordial saludo de circe.

Superbe composition. Très beau sujet.

Hi Emma

Sorry short on time today. Great shot. Nicely composed. Nice detail with good light. Well done. Thanks.

This is a fantastic picture, and it looks like a painting.
Very well done on this superb landscape and thanks for sharing.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-09 1:36]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Excellent composition.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Good visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Emma.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-09 4:45]

Hi Emma, I like this alot. It really compounds the lonliness of the tree. The composition is excellent and the form of the tree is very interesting.

Great shot.

Hi Emma!
So beautiful view! Amazing colors, excellent composition, great photo ;-) Well done and TFS ;-)
best regards

Belle composition. Prise de vue très artistique les éléments du décor s'harmonise parfaitement.

Merci Emma

WOW, Emma!
Really, Scotland is wonderful land! You are happy that you can see it by own eyes! Very calm and peaceful scene, amazing colours and nice composition...
TFS and best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-26 23:09]

So amazing, you have an excellent eye. A great picture to say the least. Thanks,


Hi Emma,

a very appealing and strong composition,
full with harmony, beauty and silence.
Like an excellent painting.
Perfect to the details.
Great work!

Thank you, and best regards,

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-03-10 0:11]

Hi Emma, I think its a stunning shot. Excellent POV, especially the tree in the front. Colours are well balanced and very nice lighting. Too me this kind of shots are hard to handle and its difficult to do a choose a good POV.
Also I like the way you show us this country, bit an african style.
I put it to my favourites for my own learning experience.
Thanks for sharing and keep them comming.

The composition is just stunning. It sounds like it was a great effort just to get there, let alone take the photo.
The colours seem a little muted, that is probably due to the scanning process, though.

this is my favourite as well..
more power to you...
ps i got another click on the sharpen button before the artifacts appeared...but i know this is a pic scan..and i cant get really sharp controllable shots from my scanner

this is in earth? Great landscape and colours and details! Good note!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-03 18:53]

Hello Emma,
Your landscape are just wonderfull ... colors, details, composition.... a real pleasure to see. TFS

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-03 19:30]

Hi Emme
How could I miss you.
This is a beautiful shot.this is art.
Just beautiful.
Well done


Hello Emma,
Amaizing photo, I love much the composition, colours and place. Maybe a bit soft, but still good enough.

This tree should catch everyones eye when they pass this spot - what a unique tree it is. How sad to be one of the last of the Caledonia Forest.
And I am so pleased you have this one framed in your home Emma, it is wonderful, thank you

Love the photo, sent to workshop, hope you don't mind

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-21 20:45]

Emma, what a fabulous landscape. I love it. You did a great job with the digitalization process. Hard to tell it was scanned. What I like the most is the depth and calm feeling that it has. Very nice. Thanks for sharing. Gabriel


That is a lonely spot. What happend to the Forest?

Composite is wonderful, thank you for the post production notes.


Such a beautiful landscape, it feels so silent, with its lonely tree.

Hi Emma, this is a beautiful shot, love the composition!!!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-04 8:47]

Hi Emma,
I've seen this shot in your "Intro" page and it's really a lovely landscape. The sentence
The tree was a remnant of the Caledonia Forest which covered much of the highlands at one point in time. Most of it has now gone
touch me.
Thank for sharing! José M.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-05 3:51]

What a wonderful and interesting landscape that you have well captured ! The composition is realy smart. Well seen and well done.
Congratulations Emma and thanks for sharing.

Beautifull landscape. It would have been rude not to photograph this fantastic scene. Well done. Thanks Allan.

Hello Emma
What a beautiful photo.
Really tranquil and peaceful landscape.
The kind of place where I could spend a day doing a whole lot of nothing much but relaxing.



Hello Emma;)

What a great photographer you are:) You manage to catch a perfect composition or scene in your images! So natural and full of life and colors!
This image is by far one of the betters ones I have seen.. So fantastic rural area.. alot like these here in norway.. its beautiful:)

Thanks for sharing

Bonjour Emma,
J'aime beaucoup ce paysage pour les souvenirs qu'il m'évoque.
Belle ambiance sereine, loin de toute vie humaine.
Cadrage bien vu !
Félicitations !
Bonne fin de journée.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-06-28 20:49]

Nice shot of this beautiful tree, Emma! In fact the entire landscape is wonderful and you did a nice capture! TFS!

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-16 16:13]

I joined this site fairly recently and came accross your gallery. I think this a very beautiful picture. The exposure is well handled and the composition perfect.

Hi Emma,

This is a beautiful capture, lovely contrats. The sky is a bit overexposed, may be if you had used a circular polarizer the colours would have been more effective. TFS



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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-08-02 13:04]
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Hey Emma,
outstanding effort :)
Great POV, DOF, and perfect framing,
much appreciate :)
Welcome to *100 ;)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

Hi Emma,

I really like the simplicity of the composition in this shot. I thought I'd have a play around with some of the functions of photoshop to see how different one photo can look with different post processing techniques. I've posted a workshop. Let me know what you think.

Hi Emma,
magnificent landscape and very impressive mist atmosphere!

Hello Emma,

What a wondeful landscape you are offering us here! The tree looks so old and he continues to live! Excellent composition and pov! A great place to remember! TFS,


Hi Emma
I like very mutch. I would like to say more but my vocabulary is very poor. So, I´d like to say that is a very nice landscape and the tree has a very beautiful design. Congratulations.

Excelent work!
This is truely a great picture!
Splendid POV, colors, compo and light!
Well done!

  • jrj Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-27 19:08]


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  • LegaL Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (301)
  • [2006-12-09 5:43]

i like. thanks for share. it means lonely for my mind.

Hi Emma,

great and peaceful picture. I do like the composition with the lonely tree a lot. His strange way to grow makes it really special.


This photo stood out in the mini gallery.
Just like the tree stands out.

Great compo. I really like the gentle colours.
Tfs, J.

Hello Emma!
What a nice composition with nice, warm colours! :) I really like this picture. It has everything I need in landscape photo: water, mountains, special element (here the tree), good DOF and contrast.
TFS and best greetings from Poland,

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  • nadir (40)
  • [2007-03-04 6:06]

I like the mood, also composition and light. Thanks for sharing.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-04-17 8:40]

beautiful capture. great landscape. amazing. tfs

Hello Emma,
My compliment toward this outstanding landscape photo that you share with us!
just two simple words - just perfect
thanks again

Hello Emma,
wow....I can see why you have this photo framed center stage in your sitting room its amazing. I love the smooth edges and the soft natural tones. Its incrediable.....TFS

Hello Emma.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hello Emma,
Very strong composition...you can already detect the former by viewing the thumbnail...
Well done

really nice place, amazing, unbelieveable shape of hills, very good picture!

Wow. What a feature you have made of this tree. You may have guessed that I am intrigued but the shapes trees make and I love this.

Hi Emma,

Spectacular landscape. Excellent composition.
Congrats and TFS

very mystical and beautiful, TFS Ori

This stunning - wonderful composition and beautiful colours.

I love this shot the way you set it up and the different colours have really made this photo well done.
Regards malcolmb

Dear Emma,
I spent in 2006 two eventful weeks in Scotland. Eventful in the sense of beauty, peace, crisp air and Scottish atmosphere.

Your photo encompasses all this plus the surprise of a giant Bonsai.

The natural colours resembling a 19th century painting - found in a gallery - yield the same sort of feeling.

I also like the gentle frame emphasising nature's frailty.

A beautiful image, beautiful presented - I wish to admire at will - and therefore add it to my favorites.

Have a nice evening
Kind regards

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