For this exercise I chose the huge arbutus tree in my front yard as my subject. It's an old giant of a tree, probably well over 100 feet in height and I see it every morning from my bedroom window. In fact I've taken a good many photographs of this tree over the years as I'm often drawn to the gorgeous colour of sunlight on its branches. Here's the standard POV; it's pretty much what I see out the window. (Yes it's just one tree.)
But this time I was looking for some other ways to capture the tree. The light wasn't exceptional but I headed out and took about 100 photos trying to push the point-of-view envelope.
The first thing I did was cross the road to shoot from a new angle. I found this point of view somewhat alarming, as it shows just how huge this tree is compared to our little house. Occasionally we wonder what it would be like to have this tree come down across our roof or driveway. You can see that we wouldn't stand a chance!
Looking up into the branches from this side gave some nice results with a cedar tree in the background.
This one shows the beautiful orange and green undertones of the smooth bark and the one below shows the contrast with rough shagginess of the peeling bark.
Then I went in closer, leaning up against the trunk and looking straight up into the branches. I like the way this shows both the ivy on the trunk and leafy branch far above.
And this misty shot really shows that is it a forest giant.
Finally I did some macros of the bark and other details. I'm not sure why I've never thought to do this before.
I thought I'd finished my exploration of the points of view yesterday but just after I pulled this post together this morning we took the dogs out and on the way back I took another look at the tree.... and had to run in to get my camera. The sun was showing more of the gorgeous red and yellow tones and I was seeing it in an entirely new way, yet again.
This time I took fifty shots and I really feel that I got into the spirit of this incredible tree.
Here are my favourites: Two looking way up...
Two quite sharp macros showing the peeling bark....
And this one showing the lovely shading and colours in the smooth bark with the bonus leaf shadows.
I think that this morning's discoveries wouldn't have happened without my spending an hour with the tree yesterday. Amazing how it builds and builds.