Trees near the Drentsche Aa

Yesterday I gave a landscape photography workshop in the valley of the Drentsche Aa. This is one of the most natural river valleys in the Netherlands and had a range of different habitat types. So it’s a great place for landscape photography. Towards the end of the workshop I saw this band of light in the skies with those branches tangled in front of it. I decided to stop and to explain what picture I saw in this scene. It turned out to be harder as I thought when I stopped. In the end I’m happy with the result. I cropped part of the sky and the foreground to emphasize the shapes of the tree. In Aperture I darkened the sky a little, to increase the contrast between the light and the clouds and make the image more threatening. I wonder what the participants of the workshop made of this shot.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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