“Crooked Tree” by Anthony Hepworth

I have had an interest in photography since my teenage years when I shot in black and white and developed my films in a home darkroom located in the family bathroom. A career in music followed and although my passion for photography continued t was as a secondary interest to my music.

As the digital age dawned at the turn of the century it was clear that musical performers would be less in demand. I took the plunge and opened a shop offering a picture framing service and also showing my own work both framed and mounted. All went well for some 12 years until recession hit the high streets of England as cheap imports from the far east flooded the market and business plummeted. Eventually I was forced to abandon the shop and became “Stay at Home Dad” looking after two energetic young boys.

Fast forward to the present time and I find myself with more time to pursue my passion for photography and have been busy building my portfolio and showing my work over the internet. As time has progressed I have moved more and more towards the medium of B/W photography and it was with great pleasure that this image was chosen for publication here on FRAMES.

As with many images it’s about the “light” primarily, but most important is being there and “seeing” the image. This was taken early afternoon, not far from where I live while taking the family dog for a walk.

The mist had unusually been hanging over the landscape most of the day and had started to thicken again as the light began to fade. I nearly always have a camera on me and on this day it was the large sensor Canon G1X. The picture was easy to compose but I took several exposures and used varying angles to give myself the best chance of getting the effect I wanted. Later, in Photoshop, I converted the image to B/W and added some grain to add to the mood of the image.

What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

The crooked shape of the tree in the background adds to the atmosphere and contrasts effectively with the sapling growing from the dead tree in the foreground. The main feature of the photograph is the mist, through which the crooked tree emerges like a mast from an ancient sail ship.

If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

I would loved to have had a tripod available.

Anthony Hepworth shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.

Photographer

Anthony Hepworth, Bishops Stortford, UK

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Equipment and Settings

Canon G1 X, 100mm, f5.6, 1/30 sec.


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Comments (7):

  1. Talal Hrout

    January 18, 2021 at 19:55

    Beautiful photo , atmospheric.

    Reply
  2. Debbie

    January 18, 2021 at 19:59

    This photo is beautiful and peaceful to look at. I love that you added grain in this day & age of most people trying to get rid of it. Grain can really add to some images, as it does this one.

    Reply
  3. Timothy Moon

    January 19, 2021 at 06:52

    Great image.
    Can you please clarify the camera used.
    Your story says Canon G1X.
    The equipment listing says Fuji XT-2.

    Reply
    • Tomasz

      January 19, 2021 at 07:17

      Timothy, we have now corrected the information.

      Reply
  4. Rita

    January 26, 2021 at 10:08

    Fabulous image, I love its ephemeral feel, ghostly.

    Reply
  5. Nigel Walker

    February 17, 2021 at 11:50

    Well observed and a good reason to always remember our cameras 🙂

    Reply

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