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The Drowned Tree

By derekhansen
Anyone who bought Outdoor Photographer magazine this month may recognize this tree from the locations section. Elmley Nature Reserve is on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent only about half an hour from my home. It was the tree that caught my eye. Ever since seeing Charlie Waites well known image of submerged tree trunks in Northern France I have always wanted to get a shot like this.
One point the article didn't mention is that Elmley is only open between 8.00am and 5.00pm in the winter and 8.00am and sunset in the summer.

Tags: Kent Tree Black and white Landscape and travel Isle of sheppey Elmley nature reserve

Voters: cabbie, fazzer, helenlinda and 31 more

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fazzer 11 54 7 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2015 9:26PM
Derek , been waiting ages for you to get out !!Smile....its beautifully dark and love the relationship between the fg grasses and the tree branches and together with that thick heavy sky the lighter band defines the branches perfectly....very nice SmileSmile
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.6k 158 England
17 Mar 2015 9:46PM
Very very dark, Derek, assuming you meant it that way. Very moody and the grasses/twigs shapes looks so good.

Richsr 13 91 223 England
17 Mar 2015 10:19PM
Like the dark mood here Derek
marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2015 10:25PM
Fine art black and white at its best... Well worth us waiting for you to come back, and come back i style you have... Awesome
terryxc 8 7 England
17 Mar 2015 10:47PM
Brilliant image...

PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
17 Mar 2015 11:19PM
amazing.. and tranquil at the same time.. brilliant, Dave..
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
18 Mar 2015 1:02AM
A superb image Derek.
Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 7:32AM
Love this...........
mlseawell 11 1 United States
18 Mar 2015 12:32PM
Tempest brewing! What a tense picture this it!

martinl 17 269 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 12:42PM
Dark and moody Derek. Like the lighter foreground twigs and grasses, give the f/g a nice lift.
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 130 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 7:22PM
Thought I recognised it. Nice to see a post from you again Derek. Hope all is well with you.
derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 8:37PM
Thank you everyone with an especially big thank you to Jeremy and Mark for their awards.

Although this version looks ok on my laptop it does look a little dark overall on my phone, I have uploaded a variant with a slight lift in mid tone and some more contrast as an alternative,
Oh and I have also straightened it up as I spotted it was on the wonk.
19 Mar 2015 12:34PM
Just spotted this. Welcome back, Derek.
A fine image, this, and better for the V2 mods.
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
21 Mar 2015 6:06PM
Excellent mood and composition and a definite thumbs up for v2 from me, Derek
CliffGreen 9 8 2 Scotland
22 Mar 2015 1:59PM
V2 for me.
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2015 10:26PM
Moody, desolate and v2 is spot on SmileSmile

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