SOMERSET LEVELS 262 – DEATH OF A FRIEND
April 16, 2016 21 Comments
Fallen willow, a casualty of the recent storms, on the banks of the River Sheppey at Upper Godney; 1 Apr 2016.
A cold early morning, the frost still on the grass on the other side of this little river, but only a breath of breeze to make more penetrative the already incisive chill. And an old tree, one I’ve known well, out for the count as they say. Well, everything changes, nothing ever stays the same, and we must make the best we can of that “Fact of Life”.
The conventional thing would of course be to have had this image “the right way up”, in portrait orientation, and I have tried that. But, although this is a picture of (more or less) reality, and a sad reality at that, I prefer it like this, to me it has more feel and impact to it in this orientation – and after all, if I’m going to show a sad event, let’s get something else out of it too – death can have its beauty too.
How do I see this image in my mind’s eye? Well, if I let my mind go loose, that great, frosty wedge of grass on the opposite bank of the river looks like a sharp fang that is biting down deep into the picture’s heart; it is counterbalanced to some extent by the triangle of dark greenery at bottom right. And, in this orientation, the tree is really not in too bad a position to be admired, not so flat out and fallen as it is in cold reality.
And finally, that great green fang biting down from the top of the picture has realities on either side, one real, one reflected – there are two cloudy skies and two trees down, and between them that great fang seems to me far nearer and more solid than either – its seems almost to be lifting up out of the image, almost as if it is biting down in front of the image.
D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 70mm; 3200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; 90 degrees’ anticlockwise rotation.