A tree in the wind

(click to see a bigger tree with a nice black border)

Time for a nice little break from all the storm photos! So sometimes you get shots on purpose and most of the time it seems they come from unplanned moments or complete accidents.

While I was in Kansas awaiting a line of storms to move into my vicinity, I sat at a pull-out and took a nap. I hadn’t slept but two hours in the last 30, so I was beat. I woke up about 30 minutes later and of course had to use the restroom. There was a lot of traffic on the road, so I wandered away from my car around some haystacks to find a little privacy. Yeah, I took my camera. I dunno why, I think I wanted to make people driving by think I was actually out taking pictures, not trying to relieve myself.  Maybe because there was a gas station across the street, but I was just too lazy to drive over there. Who knows. I had just woken up!

Either way, I wandered around a bit and saw this tree moving with the wind. It was just a tree along this recently cut wheat field, but I think it was the way it looked swooshing around in this strong breeze that caught my attention. I also had my 50mm on the camera and opened it up to f/1.8 and focused on the nearest leaf to me, leaving the rest of the tree falling off into bokeh-ville. I saw it on my screen after shooting it and fell in love with it.

There is something beautiful to me about the sound of a tree blowing in the wind. I think I sometimes link it to the approach of a coming storm…where it’s been quiet, but the wind picks up, the leaves start rustling around and you know something is on the horizon. I watched the tree for a few minutes before moving on.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/1.8, iso 100, 1/1250th)

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Love the processing with this Mike.

  • http://scottwyden.com Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Love the depth of this shot!

  • http://www.jameshowephotography.com J Howe

    What amazes me is that you found a tree in Kansas. 🙂

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Really nice shot. The light and the processing work well for this image. Nice full subject also.

  • http://photostry.com/ Kristi Hines

    I bet it was somewhat peaceful to listen to but exciting because you knew the wind meant an incoming storm. Way to capture the moment!

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    Wow, Mike, what an emotional moment here today! I love this shot a lot. Love trees, my friend. You really really captured a glimpse in time with this image today, great DOF and composition!

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com/ Chris DeAngelis

    What a peaceful shot! Really love this Mike! That processing is killer and the focus is just perfect. Nice work.

  • http://www.markblundellphoto.com Mark Blundell

    really like this one – lovely tones and movement. very nice indeed.

  • http://hdrexposed.wordpress.com Dave DiCello

    Oh this is awesome Mike, I love the depth and the bokeh you’ve captured here, awesome work

  • http://www.oilpastelsartist.com Oil Pastels Artist

    Nice shot – reminds me somewhat of the spot in the movie Shawshank Redemption where he hid that box of money.