Shooting Challenge: 12 Striking Tree Shots

No two trees are ever the same, which is why they make for such interesting photography subjects. Twelve Giz readers pit their photography skills this week to produce some stunning results.

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Anae Riley

This is a photo I took with my iPhone 4 at Beachmere(near Bribie island) in Brisbane Queensland. I used the Camera + app to give it a antique look. The waters are rising at Beachmere so the tide continually washes away the sand at the trees roots.

Ben Smeath

This shot was taken with an iPhone 4 using the default camera app. It was taken on a cold morning in Morayfield, QLD. I cropped and sharpened the image slightly using Photoshop CS3 to cut out half my lawn.

Charles Barnard

Some trees in the Avon valley taken from a hot air balloon over the Avon Valley on 15th April at about 06:40 AM. The light was just fantastic at that time really setting the tree tops ablaze in colour. Flight was a birthday present from some friends but I had to pay for my wife so not a free photo by any means.

Camera: Canon EOS 500D Lens: 18-200 mm Setting 24 mm ISO: 800 Aperture: F4

Daina Peet

I took this with a Canon DIGITAL IXUS 110 IS.

F-stop : f/2.8 Exposure time : 1/100 sec. ISO speed : ISO-100

The tree I took this photo of was, I thought, perfect because it had character and it just stood out to me then all the other trees. The trees around, were straight up, whereas this tree was tall, bent and had plenty of ridged branches.

Damion Desoto

I went on a short bushwalk at some parks nearby to Melbourne airport on Sunday, and saw many, many interesting trees, but this "forest" (?) really quite stood out on the drive home. I think this is one of the few photos that would look good if I had a 3D camera because of the depth.

Nikon D90 w/ 18-200mm lens ISO 400 w/ 1/320 shutter at f/9.0

Daryl Hadkins

Walking my granddogs in the bush near home and came across this tree that had fallen ages ago. The tree was weathered and the timber around the roots was quite gnarly.

Taken with EOS 60D and 18-55mm lens (wish I had a proper macro lens...). Touched up slightly on the PC to bring out what little colour was left in the wood.

David Bird

Equipment Camera: Canon EOS 1000d Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 with Hoya UV filter and Canon lens hood Other: Canon remote shutter and a cheap tripod

F-stop: f/32 Exposure Time: 2 seconds ISO Speed: 100

I was up on Mt Ainslie in Canberra taking some shots of the sunset and grabbed a couple with a tree in the foreground, this was the best of the bunch.

Michele Hardy

This was taken on Sunday with my iPhone 4 (f2.8, ISO-80) using Camera Genius. I think this dead tree has just as much character, if not more, than the lush green trees that surround it. Just beyond the background trees is the Bass Highway and Westernport Bay.

Hasara Fernando

Camera Used: Nikon D60 with a 35 mm 1:1.8G lens

Setting used: • Shutter Speed1/250 • Aperture: F8 • ISO: 100 I just got my new 35mm lens and I absolutely love it! So I figured I'll use it to try my hand on my first Gizmodo shooting challenge. I walked around the housing estate that I live in and tried shooting several photos using different settings, but this was the photo I liked the best and I only snapped on a whim, without any special settings.

Ian Robertson

This was taken during an evening walk along the Cooks River. I liked the way the sunset was lighting up the Melaleuca trees on the bank and their reflection in the river.

Taken with an iPhone 3Gs using HDR Pro. Cropped and sharpened using Photoshop.

Mitch Swan

This will be a familiar scene to anyone who has driven through country NSW at night. In particular, this was taken on Dunns road as I was driving into Wagga Wagga at night. What was interesting about this shot is that it was taken in the middle of the night at 2am with the moon as the sole source of light. Due to the length of the exposure, this pic also features short star trails leading into the subject and motion from the breeze in the trees.

To capture it I had to use a tripod, go full manual on a Canon 600D with a 18-55mm lens, f11 to get the whole scene in focus, ISO 800 and a exposure of a minute and a half (shutter cable lock in bulb mode) to gather enough light.

Shane Harvey

I've attached a picture of last night's full moon through a large tree out the front of my abode. It's been HDR'd through photomatrix and was taken on a canon 5D mark II.