Trees of Tasmania

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Submitter's name: Andrew Wendelborn
Title: Trees of Tasmania
Gear used: OM-2n + 300/4.5 + tripod
Diaphragm: f8
Shutter speed: not sure
Film used: Fuji Velvia 100F
Technical information: Just a few pixels cropped off the right.
Subject information: Taken on holiday December 2003 near Stanley in NW Tasmania, late afternoon. I managed quite a few eligible photographs (some by dint of leaping out of the camper van at 5am) but ended up picking this picture of a few dead trees. Why? Well panning over the scene with the 300/4.5 this caught my eye for its serenity and gentle motion of the water just fracturing the reflections slightly, austere but of beauty nonetheless. And also as a bit of a metaphor. Tasmania is in so many ways stunningly beautiful, especially in the mild and not too wet few days we had there. But we also moved for hours at a time through seemingly endless vistas of dead trees, a disturbing experience. So this is I hope a reflection on that contradiction.

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Comment left by: Olaf Greve (no e-mail specified) Good shot, the monotonous colours almost makes one think this is a B/W image. I like the composition as well.

Comment left by: Adam bolt (boldbolty@iprimus.com.au) This is afantastic image! Its nice to see two entries here that were shot in Tasmania. It is such a beautiful country side... pity I cant drag it about 50km of the coast of the Gold Coast thou! :-)
Cheers adam

Comment left by: the person that took it (no e-mail specified) Thanks for the comments. I'll confess to being a little apprehensive at trying TOPE for the first time, but now I'm glad I made the effort. It did take a while to get a composition in the viewfinder that felt "right", and I was pretty pleased with the result. And I must say I do like the other Tasmania shot a lot :-)

Comment left by: Roy Talbot (rtalbot@laborready.com) I like this shot very much. Last weekend I did a one under a pier showing all the pilings. Used tri-x on OM2 that had just been CLA by John H. so I was running the camera though some testing. We will see if my shot is good enough to be place next to yours in TOPE.

Comment left by: Jim Caldwell (jamesfc@gte.net) This could almost be a B&W toned print. Very nice!

Comment left by: Duncan Paterson (no e-mail specified) A very effective use of the telephoto lens. The scene is certainly disturbing and chilling, not least because of the almost monotone look.

Comment left by: Chris Barker (ftog at threeshoes.co.uk) Powerful shot, combined with your description of the area.

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