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Silver Birch...

By Scottishlandscapes  
...these stand at the side of loch Venachar in The Trossachs, I've looked at them often eating my picnic and tried to figure how to photograph them, the road runs within inches of them and tour buses take more than their fair share of this narrow road.
Wide open on my 85mm lens at f/:1.8 to separate the trees from the backdrop.

Tags: Scotland Trossachs Scottish Trees Monochrome Highlands Lochs Glens Stirlingshire Landscape and travel


27 Oct 2016 6:42AM

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27 Oct 2016 7:08AM
I've a similar situation with a group of birches in Teesdale ( not near the road though )... been trying to figure it out for ages, and no joy yet.
I like this, but still have a preference for the colour.
27 Oct 2016 7:15AM
I thought you might.
saltireblue Plus
9 9.9k 36 Norway
27 Oct 2016 7:36AM
Two against one, yet the one seems more substantial than the other two combined. An effect partially caused, no doubt, by the proximity of the single tree to the camera.

A rare journey into the realms of b&w for you, Dougie.

27 Oct 2016 7:47AM
Malc, I cut my teeth on black & white film back in the 60's, then colour came along and complicated life for the photographer, exposure meters became a reality and not a hand held up into the light to judge exposure by. Then autofocus was needed because we could;t focus too well it seems.Now we have digital and auto this and that and you don;t really need a camera you can use your phone.

Long ago we used a fag packet to prop up the front of our Rollei, now we need a tripod and a ball and socket head a cable release and a laptop computer with WiFi and a signal so that our images may be circulated on the web instantly. Gone are the days when you could wander back to the office via the pub for a quiet pint and relax with the knowledge you had a photograph for the next days paper, in the bag. Ahhh memories.


27 Oct 2016 8:13AM
Old photographers never die, they just finally halt development.
27 Oct 2016 8:21AM
That's a worrying thought for me to ponder Alan.
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2016 8:29AM
For me even better in mono Dougie.

27 Oct 2016 8:34AM
Many Thanks for your Award David (DeSilver) much appreciated.

woolybill1 Plus
13 29 75 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2016 8:37AM
Attracts and engages by the power of its simplicity. Any addition would detract from the inherent elegance of the arrangement.
We watched an excellent, intelligent and contemplative programme on the history of Chinese porcelain recently. Despite the addition, over the centuries, of colour, pattern, complexity of shape and function to the wares, the 'most desirable' tag was allotted to the simple monochrome pot with which the discourse began . . .

Top-notch, Dougie.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2096 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2016 8:37AM
I'm seeing a cautious relationship.
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
27 Oct 2016 9:06AM
Well framed 😀
27 Oct 2016 9:15AM
My Thanks to Bill(woolybill1) for your award and for the considered comment, porcelain and my image, well who would have thought?

Thanks to you too Moira (mrswoolybill) for your thought.

RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
27 Oct 2016 9:39AM
Interesting and thoughtful comment from Bill, and I think I tend to go along with his opinion, although having studied this and the coloured version for some time I was left wondering which appealed the more initially.
bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
27 Oct 2016 11:41AM
prefer the monochrome version....superb
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
27 Oct 2016 1:22PM
I never thought I'd prefer the mono, but after looking at the colour for several minutes and coming back to the mono, I do prefer the mono. I see the trees as being very fortunate to have such a lovely place to be rooted. What a view they have.
capto Plus
7 5.9k 13 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2016 1:53PM
A fine mono.Smile

danbrann 15 640 17
27 Oct 2016 3:17PM
Although all of my pics used to be Black and white I could never bring myself to do flowers in black and white as I believe nature meant them to be colour however I can look at trees with equal feelings. Suffice to say that in this case I like them both equally.

I am the same about fences as I often sit on them.............
27 Oct 2016 5:29PM
I hope you don't sit on the barbed wire ones Danny, as a certain old thespian said a while back
Robert Morley as I recall.

"My Fair Lady I hope she doesn't turn into another Fanny."

Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2016 6:56PM
a rather splendid black and white Dougie
has a lovely appeal to the overall composition
Richsr 12 91 223 England
27 Oct 2016 7:00PM
Works well a mono, like the good details in the branches against the background Dougie
27 Oct 2016 9:15PM
Such elegant trees silver birches and a wonderful day to photograph them Yes we must have been in the area at the same time. I had lunch on the cafe on Loch Venacher.

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