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by on Oct.25, 2015, under Life, Photography

I’d spied this fantastic tree in isolation slightly out on the flats next to Derby earlier in the day on my first recce trip to the dinner tree (when I was just working out where that was so I could return at sunset). I was just driving along the road at the edge of town when I spied this off to the side so I had to stop and take a few shots.

I just loved the stark simplicity of the tree and it’s shape – alone and isolated here amongst the grasses in this wide expanse. Besides the good fortune of finding a lone tree out here I was even more fortunate that it had a single bird resting high up at the top of the tree – perfect for a simple almost silhouette shot.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

After shooting sunset at the dinner tree and whilst there was still a touch of colour left in the sky I also returned to the spot. I was hoping to see if I could quickly put together a composition before the light vanished.

Seeking Warmth

Seeking Warmth

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 122 mm, 20 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Getting down very low in the grass with the tripod and using a longer focal length with the trusty travel lens (28-300) I setup a few silhouettes in the fading light.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 92 mm, 30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Satisfied we returned back to our accommodation for the night.

Derby really does live up to it’s name as the place of boabs.

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