Infra-red treatmentThe tree was quite surreal in itself, just surviving in its struggle against the prevailing wind; bent over so far that the trunk weaves close to and even into the ground!
I had been meaning to have a play with an infra-red approach for quite a while, and during the processing of this shot, it became more and more apparent that this would be a great shot to try it out.
That's what I meant by treating myself—a little experimentation without thought for any commercial aspects, just pandering entirely to my own tastes.
In the dying, golden-red rays of the setting sun, it could almost be that the tree is rising, reaching to bathe in the explosion of light before the light shrinks back once more and is enveloped by the encroaching night.
Well, that's what it says to me, anyway :)
I did a little dodging and burning in Photoshop (around the tree leaves and the top edge of the trunk, just to help bring your eye through the shot). If you've kept up to date with my blog, you might have spotted that I've used the techniques from my recent video tutorials, Centering A Viewer's Attention and Perfect Contrast in this one.
I hope you've enjoyed sharing the image with me. Watch out for some from Royal William Yard soon...
comments / critique / feedback / tweets / buzzes always welcome :)