Took this image in the Kosciuszko National Park, the shape of tree reminded me of the sculpture of the Greek God Atlas who personified endurance. Atlas was a Titan condemned to hold up the heavens or sky for eternity after the Titanomachy. This tree seems condemned to the same, and certainly seems to have endured hard times.
Very powerful image, Don. This is a stunning old tree and you captured it well. Like David, I like the softness of the background with the light fog and the tree blends in well. The beautiful stones wrapped around the tree add to the story line and power. Wonderful!!
You’re right, that tree, with its wide branches for sure looks like it’s holding up the sky. As for the image, I think that the centered composition works very well. Also, I might experiment with some dodging and burning to help the tree pop out of the landscape even more. I don’t know, I might end up being artificial but it’s something I would try if this were my image.