Thanks for the links to the history of the tree. I see you are in Maryland, did you ever photograph the tree or see it yourself? As I mentioned in a reply to Rick, I was there a week before the storm and going to photograph it but the light was not good so I dedided to come back another time! I guess thats why they say (don't put off untill tomorrow what you could do today!)
Yes the tree was very important to the little village of Wye Mills where it was located, big tourist attraction, even weddings performed there. They are going to build a small museum there on the site to preserve the history of the tree.
I took well over a hundred photos that day and ended up putting 54 on a slide show CD with background music in documentary style from the town store to the tree park showing the tree and all the people there, it was like a wake for a dead person! I donated 3 copies to the state and they sent me a nice letter and put them in thier library for state employees to see.
Note: I was just by there the week before this happened, its only a couple miles from my house, and stopped to do a photograph of the tree but the sun was wrong and I said to myself (I'll come back on another day!) The tree had been rotten in the base for yrs and was being treated constantly. They said that you could put a card table and players inside the hollow base of the tree, thats how large it was!
I can't remember now, but I probably had it on P mode at the time, and I was most likely using a polarizing filter. A little adjustment in Nikon Capture to crop, improve contrast and bring out the greens more, but I think sharpening went overboard.
I have absolutely no idea what kind of tree it is as I know nothing about these things. Taken at Painshill Park, Cobham, near London.
Summer last year in Tuscany me and my girlfriend visited the very old abbey of Sant' Antimo just a little south of Montalcino. We came to know that the church still standing was built and modified from the eleventh century on. But the oldest remains on the site date back to the ninth century.
These hundreds of ancient, wrinkled olivetrees in the gardens surrounding the abbey, as I discussed with my girlfriend, must've been there for at least 1000 years. Just as I said that a German tourist behind me who could not have heard what I just said, told his kid that these trees were at least 1000 years old. I guess I wasn't wrong there.
Best part of it is that these trees, even though they have these kind of trunks, to this day grow fresh green leaves and bear usable olives.
Yep, I only shoot RAW with my D100 because of the great flexibility it offers. I often have to deal with black and white colored animals which require some editing afterwards to get detail in both extremes. That's when the RAW format comes in handy.
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at the risk of throwing a nonchalant family picture into a serious thread, i'll toss in the national tree of guatemala, a ceiba tree (or at least a small part of one), with the daughters mugging for the camera.
I can never decide which tree picture I like best, but I will only post one recent one. The picture is a sunset in Berkely California and the trees are eucalyptus. I love the fog rising up from below. D70 70-200mm f/2.8 VR @75mm f/14 1/8sec Singh-Ray hard ND grad Gitzo Tripod