Into the Canopy

I spent a lot of last Autumn looking at the leaf litter on the ground. In the last month I have done the opposite and looked up into the canopy. It’s a beautiful sight.

We’ve all at one time or another taken an image like this. It sounds easy, but actually finding an attractive composition can be quite difficult and my success rate is not better than about one in ten. This was taken at a focal length of 27mm. The wider the lens the more interesting the images become.

If you look up for long enough, passers-by will also look up. Be prepared for comments. People will stop and ask: ‘What can you see? Squirrels, birds?’. When I say: ‘No, just the leaf canopy’, I often get strange looks and an ‘Oh’ that usually indicates puzzlement that a sane photographer would photograph leaves from the bottom up. Show them an image from the back screen and the more enlightened among them begin to see the beauty of the canopy, others remain nonplussed. It’s part of being a photographer, part of the territory, from time to time you will be regarded as a sandwich short of a picnic as the saying goes.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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25 Responses to Into the Canopy

  1. Sue says:

    Yes, I have had my share of looks, over time….whatever is she photographing that for….πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


  2. I like images like this, especially when the trees are thin and there is a blue sky behind them. Nicely done.


  3. conspicari says:

    I went to the local arboretum recently, it was a lovely day and the light was catching the leaves beautifully. The first person that walked past asked if I had seen a squirrel, no I said, I just like the light, they looked confused and walked on.


  4. Jane Lurie says:

    Your shot is a beauty, Andy. I agree, not so easy to get a pleasing composition. Well done!


  5. Meanderer says:

    It looks and feels so cooling!
    On a sidenote: the cookie banner at the bottom of your blog doesn’t go away when I click ‘close and accept’. Instead, the page refreshes, and the banner returns.


  6. paula graham says:

    I recognise the kind of story going with this photo


  7. shoreacres says:

    It’s a beautiful image. Since we’re a little short on tall, stately trees around here, I don’t get much practice with this kind of image, but I certainly do enjoy yours.


  8. Heide says:

    You are right that this is a surprisingly difficult composition to frame, Andy β€” but you’ve done so masterfully! Keep looking up and down and all around, no matter what the passersby say. πŸ™‚


  9. alan frost says:

    Works very well. It would be interesting to see the same canopy of trees but taken in the winter and compare the two.


    • LensScaper says:

      Thnaks for your comment, Alan. This was taken somewhere on the top of Holmbury Hill, but whether I could find the same tree to lean up against is open to question. An interesting question.

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    This view is very wide and expansive…you really get a sense of the great height of the trees. I’ve had those remarks, or just the looks. Oh well. πŸ™‚


  11. Really nice…!!!
    Thanks for sharing


  12. paranoiasnfm says:

    Really good photo!


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