Tree Art

The Beginning of My Tree Art Journey

My fascination for tree art started at the end of 2014. I did not plan tree art. It happened more as a chance event.

I embarked on a journey to Gempen, a small village in the district of Dorneck. This district, along with Thierstein, makes up Schwarzbubenland. The small area lies in the Northwest of Switzerland. Gempen has a lot of forests, predominantly populated by beech trees. In autumn, the woods look marvellous. Yet, I did not go to this place for the trees to shoot a tree art.

As the day ended, I looked for compositions to capture. The sun had already set. Dusk had given way to darkness, and the blue hour had set in with its eerie glow. I snapped pictures of the faraway trees with my camera out of curiosity.

One of those images immediately grabbed my attention. The image looked different from the others because it had something. I liked the vibe of it a lot. Since then, the sheer beauty and grandeur of the woods have inspired me. In every detail, nature is poetry, whispering verses of timeless elegance.

The woodland scene up close started my tree art journey.
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I have tried to replicate the atmosphere of the image with more or less success. To find tree art takes time. Pointing your camera at a forest and snapping away falls short of sufficiency. You can, of course, but the outcome will not excel. What to photograph and how to frame the shot need careful consideration.
To make a photograph moody, you need light, which you cannot influence. Hence, the weather holds significance on the day of the shoot.

I have no favourite time of day. More than ten years ago, when I started photography, I preferred dusks and sunsets. At those hours, the light softens its intensity. Nowadays, I also shoot during the day.

Capturing images during the daytime requires a different approach. Your care and focus stand at a higher level. The bright and glaring light of the sun creates harsh shadows and blows out highlights. Overexposure renders achieving the desired outcome challenging. Thus, I must exercise extra caution when shooting during the day.

Forest during daytime.
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Burnt-out leaves, as well as too many highlights, represent a significant issue! You cannot save an overexposed image. When the details vanish, gone they stay!
Hence, I pay close attention to my exposure settings. I aim to avoid burnt-out highlights and overexposure at all costs. A burnt-out highlight refers to an overexposed area in an image. It has lost all detail and appears as a white, featureless blob.


The Four Woodland Photography Categories of Tree Art

Woodland Poetry, the first category, showcases close-up images of forests. I try to get a bit abstract here. The pictures should also have the feel of a painting. At least, I aim to make it a reality.


Whispering Trees constitute the second category. Nestling within landscapes, trees. They take over the central character, not your typical landscape photography.


Ominous Secrets encompasses the third category. If you like Gothic Horror, you will feel at home because of its dark moods and mystery. Most people like foggy forests.


Lonely Entities mark the fourth category. Minimal, one tree. I keep the composition of the image clutter-free. The job proves hard sometimes. The potential for distractions in the background can cause trouble. Often, preparing an appealing composition presents a challenge.


Tree Art Has much to Offer

I also like infrared photography (Wikipedia). I want to give Infrared a go. As I struggle with the colour green, infrared might help. In spring and summer, I feel uncomfortable taking tree art pictures. Too much green, then!
Autumn and winter hold my favour as seasons. Then I take the most photos. The trees look great in their autumn garment.
The winter snow holds beauty. I also like the look of the bare trees. Sometimes, trees look even better naked.

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