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The Live Oak treetops whip violently in the winter winds of central Texas, while their decades-old, often centuries-old, trunks remain motionless. Unlike oak trees native to other parts of North America, Live Oaks are evergreen and have twisted, craggy limbs shooting off in all directions. They are sculptural in an abstract sense.
I photographed this project in raw format using a Nikon D800 dSLR on a tripod. A 10-stop Neutral Density filter reduced the ambient light enough to support a long exposure. Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop were used for retouching and raw conversion.
Long exposure techniques captured the rapid motion of treetops against the cold blue sky. Protected from the wind, the camera was indoors and focused on the trees through an open patio door
Jeff Kauffman is an art photographer in Austin, Texas USA. His work has appeared worldwide in publications, art festivals, and commercial venues. Selected works are available for purchase from Jeff’s online art store as well as these fine-art and image licensing outlets.
- Limited Edition, signed original prints: Saatchi Art
- Publication and Stock Photography: Arcangel Images | Alamy
- Art for Corporate, Hospitality, and Interior Design projects: IndieWalls | Nine Dot Arts | Turning Art