Tree Silhouetted Against a Pale Morning Sky

Here’s a shot I took back in mid-October. I walked down this little street type thing that we have a lot of here in Santa Fe; places that look like streets, but you’re not really sure if they are, as they could just be driveways. Older Santa Fe has plenty of these, and sometimes they have the most interesting old houses on them.

This street really didn’t have much on it though, but I looked up and saw a tree that had lost some leaves from the drought we’re going through. I thought the branches made an interesting outline against the pale early morning sky. I love the shapes that a leafless tree can make, so I composed a shot, and this is what I got.

As I walked back to the main road, I promised the tree that I would be back in about a month when she’s lost all her leaves, as I think I can get some more of these stark, dramatic shots. (:

This was taken with my 35-70 mm lens at f/6.3. In processing the image, I desaturated the color and increased the contrast to make things more dramatic.

Image Copyright Ā© Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on November 3, 2011.

60 Responses to “Tree Silhouetted Against a Pale Morning Sky”

  1. Wow! Pure Black and White.

    It reminded me of when I took a shot of a leaf-less tree years ago with my mobile camera. It was not a silhouette though šŸ™‚

  2. This kind of photos is amazing, you can leave a lot to the imagination and you can get amazing effects… i love specially when it’s used the water reflexion šŸ™‚

    great job indeed

  3. Lovely shot, Katie! It is something indescribable and nice about such trees… maybe sadness? šŸ™‚ I was taking some pictures of ‘naked trees’ yesterday! šŸ™‚

  4. Really nice image–it’s drama mixed with aesthetics, Sally

  5. I love old tree silhouettes. Down here we have the gnarly mesquite trees and they make very interesting subjects, too. šŸ™‚

  6. Creepy but Awesome! Great shot!

  7. I love silhouette pictures šŸ˜€

  8. Nice. That would make a great wall print.

  9. Dramatic and beautiful at the same time… Great shot!

  10. A very dramtic shot, Katie! šŸ™‚

  11. Hi Katie – Love it! It could be the type of photograph that would make a good book cover for a psychological thriller. By the way, thanks for the comment on my blog. It was much appreciated! Love your work, particularly Santa Fe! It is just so different and reminds me of watching ‘western’ movies and playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ (probably not politically correct nowadays) when I was a wee Scots lad in Glasgow!



  12. I love the shapes.

  13. It looks more dramatic indeed! Always love your idea, Katie, full of inspirations! šŸ™‚

  14. Well composed! The B/W gives more punch to it. Autumn is indeed full of wonderful subjects..

  15. Very effective!

  16. Beautiful silhouette, Katie – and thanks for subscribing to my blog! FATman

  17. Very striking image!

  18. Very eerry looking.

  19. i LOVE LOVE tree silhouettes. So this is just pure awesome. šŸ™‚

  20. Naked trees are among my favorite things!

    • Wonderful, Margaret! I love them too, and it’s going to be winter soon, so I’ll have some more to take! šŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment and thanks for visiting my blog!

  21. There’s something about leafless branches which just cry out to be photographed.

  22. Great Katie!

  23. I love the stark contrasts – light and dark and the wild shapes of the branches!! Cool capture.

  24. This shot would be perfect for a double exposure. You could like this shot and use it as a layer mask allowing the black portions to show through to something else. You might try it and get some interesting results.

    I like these kind of shots alot.

  25. Nice picture !

  26. Wow! Great shot! It proves that something simple can be a great subject for a picture.

  27. Great silhouette effect on this image! No shades of grey, just stark and interesting black and white. Cheers!

  28. I love taking photos of naked branches!! Well done!

  29. I like this a lot!!! it looks like a sketch rather than a photo. Great job šŸ™‚

  30. gorgeous work!

  31. Great! It’s like haiku for me…

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