Tree of Ages, Berowra Heights, NSW
A tree perches atop a rock face in Berowra on the North Shore of Sydney. It leads one to wonder just how a tree could grow in such inhospitable terrain, with so much rock and so little soil. Late evening sunlight faces the rock face in a magnificent burst of warm light, after another beautiful day. To create this piece of bush photography, I had been experimenting a lot with very last minute light. If you use the last glows of a fading sunset as colour from the west, and shoot vaguely to the east, the results can be very different indeed. I had been taking images 30 or 45 minutes after sunset, and the quality of light is sublime. It was time to get out the sturdy tripod, and make sure it is 100% firmly anchored on something very solid. I used longer shutter speeds, rather than a higher ISO to reduce unwanted digital noise. It’s all very dark!
What appealed to me here was the wonderful deep golden mahogany light against the escarpment beneath the tree. And quite why that tree decided to grow is a mystery indeed! It’s a multi-blend to get the colour in the sky. Once again this area is really quite close to a walking track that is very near suburbia. I do wonder however, how many people might recognise where I took it?