I would like to show you another image from my recent Anglesey trip. On this particular occasion we had parked up with the intention of walking to Llandwyn Island which is accessible at low tide and which at least one of our group wanted to photograph. To reach the island we walked along a wooded path which was one of the nicest pine forests I have seen in a long time. The trees were in a very healthy state, not too mature and the forest floor was like a carpet of grass and needles. To put the finishing touches to this wonderful scene, the low late afternoon sun was cutting through the trees and casting great shadows.
The usual approach people seem to take to shooting a pine forest is to shoot upwards with a wide angle lens in order to make the trees converge into the centre of the frame. This can be effective but does quickly lose its appeal after you have seen hundreds of similar shots. I wanted to be a little different with this shot however and instead show how perfect and almost regimented the trees appeared.
By using a longer focal length I was able to crop in and emphasise the uniform nature of the tree trunks. This, together with the darker background has helped to give the image a greater feeling of depth and allows the viewer to almost walk into the screen and explore the background (you really need to see the print for this). The other aspect of the image for me are the shadows cast by the trunks which cut across the frame together with the wonderfully warm light.
As for the camera used, yes it’s another handheld Panasonic LX5 shot. I couldn’t be bothered to set up the tripod for the Canon 5D.
focal length: unknown
posted by rnwhalley April 09, 2011 14:27