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June : Bleached branch Sandy Neck

June : Bleached branch Sandy Neck

During my morning walks before sunrise I'd found several spots on Sandy Neck with old bleached tree branches and roots. I was 1st taken with a root only a few yards away from this, but although I'd taken several images of the 1st one nothing had wow'd me. The piece here though I had seen and taken a few snaps of while working on the root that I thought more interesting. This branch is an interesting shape but I'd never came close to figuring out how to take a compelling photo of it until I realized that an ultra wide angle fisheye lens might do the trick. The fisheye lens is not one I commonly use, but with the right subject and careful framing to avoid obvious excessive curving of the image a powerful new perspective is available as the camera can be placed only inches away from the foreground and yet focus in the whole image can be maintained. For this photo the branch reaches out to you while the sand, pockmarked by a recent thunderstorm, is an interesting alternative to the normal smooth or rippled sandy surface seen on a beach or dune.

This photo was shot with a 16mm HFT Rollei Fisheye lens on a Canon 1ds2.

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