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FOREST ON GASK RIDGE

The name “Gask Ridge” refers to the 10-mile (16 km) ridge of land to the north of the River Earn in Perthshire; in Gaelic, a “gasg” is a projecting tail or strip of land. Gask Ridge is also the modern name given to an early series of fortifications, built by the Romans in Scotland so there is a lot of history to this area. This post features another of my favourite subjects …… trees.

dead and alive | Gask Forest | Perthshire

dead and alive | Gask Forest | Perthshire

This is one of my all time favourites; taken on a 24mm PC (Perspective Control) lens as I wanted a strong lead-in foreground and include the drama of the sky. The file was later converted to monochrome as colour can often be seen as a distraction; I just love the simple, clean line, form and structure brought out in mono. As to the rather dark title, well here we have a line of beautiful trees under a beautiful autumn sky but at their feet lie their brothers, felled, rotting and returning to the earth from whence they once sprung.
1/8 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

sentinels of the forest | Gask Forest | Perthshire

sentinels of the forest | Gask Forest | Perthshire

The title says it all combined with a lovely tonal range and interesting composition.
0.8 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 200mm

 

the semaphore tree | Gask Forest | Perthshire

the semaphore tree | Gask Forest | Perthshire

An exercise here in simple line, form and structure; I thought my title for this one was rather neat.
0.6 sec @ f/16  ISO 100  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 175mm

  • Tom - Lovely images as always. My favourite is semaphore tree – looks a bit IRstyle…18/01/2017 – 9:37 amReplyCancel

    • Alexander Weir - Morning Tom – Aye the semaphore tree does look IR, a few people have mentioned the same but no it’s a straight colour – mono conversion. Unfortunately I didn’t have my Nikon D3 / IR camera with me on this occasion; but it would have been interesting to see the effect of an IR capture. Best wishes to you.18/01/2017 – 10:45 amReplyCancel

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