In the grip of winter

I was struck by the silhouette of this living tree against the backdrop of cold, rock, and ice. I was very cold myself while taking this photo and thought how amazing this tree could survive winter.

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Any suggestions, comments, and critiques are welcome.

Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
f/16, 1/20 sec, ISO 200, 160 mm
Converted to black and white in Photoshop


A lot to look at… excellent! No critique, just congrats .

That is one sinister looking tree Tony. I think it was a great idea to use the tree as the main subject, rather than to use it as something to frame the water or cliffs. As result this is a more interesting composition. A very powerful image, great work Tony.

Tony, this is a nicely stark statement about winter survival. Your setting of the tree branches against the bright, frozen background works very well.

Merry Christmas Tony!

I won’t give away your secret… but I just had to comment that this is simply outstanding! I will go as far as saying, the most powerful and impactful image from this location I’ve ever seen!

Excellent choice going with the b&w too. Love this! I’m hoping to head up Sunday in anticipation of snow in the valley!


Fascinating creation Tony. It’s amazing how a few common subjects can be presented in such a manner to generate so much imagination. I don’t even know how to critique this. It’s not something to be judged by lines, shapes, and tones. You just let yourself go and take it where it will. That’s how I feel about it.

Just exquisite! Although the tree is in silhouette, the fine ends of the branches look silvery. The mix of light and dark tones create a really magical image. One that totally captures the freezing beauty of winter. I love this, Tony! Congratulations.

Thank you everybody for the kind comments!

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