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When teaching a workshop in the autumn this tree was looking mildly interesting, photographically speaking, but I spotted the patches of mist hovering over the moorlands and instructed my client to wait because it was probably going to be really good when the sun would meet up with the fog and all of a sudden this scene came to life in the most spectacular way. I waited until the sun rays lined up with the main branches on the right, because sun rays are lines and they can either be distracting or enhancing and I'd rather have them enhance a scene that ruin it. The sun rays formed a zebra like pattern on the trunk of this majestic oak tree making it look quite heavenly. This has been one of my most popular images ever since I first posted it on my website
This artworks is offered by Ellen Borggreve
Ellen Borggreve is a landscape photographer and author of Woodscapes and Praxisbuch Wälder fotografieren, among others. She was born and raised in the woods of the Veluwe where her love for trees originated. Besides forests she also likes to photograph Dutch coastal scenes.
The focus is on tranquil scenes that seem to lie outside everyday reality, without people in the picture, with subjects that are about to disappear often being the subject. The fleeting patterns in the sand, but especially old forest giants that are disappearing at breakneck speed due to climate change.
Ellen is an awarded photographer at 1x and was named one of the world's best landscape photographers by Photoblog in 2019. Her work has been published in books, Nature Photography Magazine, Focus, Landscape Photography Magazine, On Landscape and many other publications. She shares her knowledge gained during her long career as a soft sculpture artist and designer combined with over 40 years of experience in photography in the many articles she writes for Landscape Photography Magazine and also her own blog. She also enjoys teaching where she puts the individual vision of photographers first.