Gnarl of Winter

This photograph series is follow-up (or extension rather) of my post on Wednesday—the gloomy late evening photograph from the Red River levee. Usually this time of the year I slack off on the shutter snapping as the days leave a bit to be desired. The days are overcast, cold (more of an annoying cold), but never cold enough to snow. The landscapes are bare with gnarled trees and brown thatches of underbrush. And always damp and soggy grounds. But I still like to go out and this year made more of an effort with the camera. This “dead Louisianan winter” series came from that stroll down the levee.

Most of these were purposely shot a bit underexposed, wanting to capture a more silhouette style on the branches & bramble but retain the deep haze of the evening overcast.



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But nature will always have a splash of color for you. These berries on some brush were in such contrast it reminded me of selective coloring photographs. And then last photograph, the early buds of spring. Enjoy!





8 thoughts on “Gnarl of Winter

  1. What a dreary winter, and the spikes on that tree look vicious! I really like the fifth one down, the dead branch/driftwood in the water. Might I suggest cropping/cloning out the blurry bit of foreground? At least for me, when I scroll the screen so that little bit is off the bottom of my screen the photo is so much better.

    • Thanks, Jeff. I went back and forth on that one. My original compositions were horizontal and without anything in the foreground. I actually took the last as a parting shot but really liked it better in post than the others. I felt it added a bit more depth with the amorphous blurry twig in the foreground. But you are right…probably too much. Per Hemingway, sometimes you have to kill your darlings.

  2. Very good collection of photos, Brandon – my favourites are certainly the third down from the top – wonderful abstract, and the third up from the bottom – immaculate composition, absolutely beautful! Good stuff! Adrian

  3. I like the “Red River Trees 4” photograph! You’ve captured the reason why I love photographing oak trees. Strong tree trunks giving way to delicate branches that remind me of dendrites.

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