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Stag-headed Ash Tree

Stag-headed Ash Tree
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-03
Categories: Trees
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-13 16:06
Viewed: 6598
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on one of those cold winter mornings -4C. with a clear sky and rolling feezing mist changing the light every few minutes one of those magic mornings, shame I had to be at work, so it was a case of put the camera under my jacket so it was to hand and to also keep it warm and preserve the battery life. Every time I thought I saw a nice shot it was get the camera out and try to capture what I thought I was seeing.
What you have here is a Fraxinus excelsior our native Ash Tree seen in the hedge on the far side of the Nursery. It is in the advanced state of decay, all the top Branches/Limbs are dead, all the small branches have long ago dropped/blown off, though it has not yet given up the struggle for life, you can see the area round the middle of the trunk has some new fine branches where the tree is trying to regrow.
At this stage in its life though it is probably providing more food and shelter to wild life than it has done for the rest of it's life. the trunk and branches are full of holes where branches have fallen off leaving place for small bird like Blue tits and Nut hatches and large one's like Jackdaws and Barn owls a nesting place as the wood rots back. under the bark the is masses of room for insects to live and breed and many insects lay their eggs in the rotting wood and the grubs chew their way through leaving tunnels for others to get in. Then there are the Fungi spreading their mycialia through the wood of both the branch , trunk and also the roots so you will see thing like the King Alfreds Cakes a dark almost black fungus on the trunk, or Dryads saddle bracketing out from the trunk, and Common Ink Cap emerging from the roots though the surrounding grass land.
Even after the cetre is finally rotted out and the tree blows down in a winter gale, it will still provide homes and food for many years if it's not cleared up by the farmer for fire wood. though that could well be still 20 + years in the future if its lucky.
Adjustments in Photoshop 8 (CS)
Shadows and highlights to lighten the shadows on the dark side of the tree a little.
apply measure tool and rotate arbetry to level the hedge line from slight camera tilt.
Crop image to size 595px X 800px @72dpi
Sharpen via Lab colour and Lightness in Channels and USM and back to RGB
Save As to preserve the Exif data
Post to site with the hope you like ;0)))))))))))

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hi robert, nice composition about this tree. love the frozen background. perfect dof. the image is very clear and sharp. congrats

Hi Robert!
Great composition and nice colors. Well done!

Very artistic composition, Robert.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-14 7:11]

Hi Robert!

Excellent work! First of all I love your note - very interesting and complex. Pity that so little posts on TN has got as good notes as yours. Picture is also very good and interesting. I like shape of this Ash Tree and composition with two part - upper with clear, blue sky and lower with frost and mist. I almost can see these fungi around tree :-) The whole picture made very good landscape, a typical English landscape in my oppinion. Very good work!

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