Take a series of 10 photographs of any subject of your own choosing. Each photograph
must be a unique view of the same subject; in other words, it must contain some ‘new
information’ rather than repeat the information of the previous image. Pay attention
to the order of the series; if you’re submitting prints, number them on the back. There
should be a clear sense of development through the sequence.
What is it about? (300 words)
The Major Oak is famed for being the tree where Robin Hood and his Merry Men are rumoured to have hidden in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. The tree is believed to be 800-1000 years old, has a canopy of 92 feet and is oddly shaped. Due to its historical significance and the public’s love of the tales of Robin Hood, it is a popular tourist spot with many people visiting it each year. As well as tourists from further afield, locals like to pass it whilst taking a walk in the forest, or to relax in the picnic area whilst children play.
The days of being able to go inside the tree, or indeed being anywhere close to touching the tree, are long gone and it is fenced off to stop anyone approaching it too closely. What was once a majestic oak, is now a tree that looks like a sad old man – seemingly alone, wizened in part, with many metal props holding up its once strong branches. If it were human, the Major Oak would be in a care home seeing out its final few years, no doubt recounting how things have changed over the years and how much more lush Sherwood Forest was back in the day.
Nevertheless, the Major Oak remains standing proudly amongst a forest of younger trees. If it could, it would have many tales to tell those many years younger – be it stories of Robin Hood or of the millions of visitors that visit each year. However, no matter how old it looks, to prove it has still got life in it, the Major Oak continues to have new buds sprouting each spring.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Oak [last accessed: 01/05/2017]
All images were taken on the same afternoon with a Canon 5D Mkiii and either a Canon 16-35mm lens or a Canon 75-300mm lens. The shots of the buds on the tree additionally used a 1.4X teleconverter. All shots were handheld, and a mix of standing and seated shots were taken to give different perspectives. Minor adjustments and cropping have been made in Adobe Lightroom.
Annotated contact sheets
Final set of images
The big old tree dominating a forest of young trees
Settings: 16mm, f/4.5 , 1/640s, ISO 200
Metal bears the weight of aged limbs
Settings: 220mm, f/9 , 1/160s, ISO 200
The spirit of Robin lives on
Settings: 300mm, f/11.0 , 1/200s, ISO 200
Yet another photo…
Settings: 300mm, f/5.6 , 1/1000s, ISO 200
So much to learn
Settings: 196mm, f/7.1 , 1/400s, ISO 200
Youth admires the aged
Settings: 98mm, f/6.3 , 1/800s, ISO 400
One for the family album
Settings: 112mm, f/13.0 , 1/320s, ISO 400
Not barren yet. The cycle of life continues…
Settings: 420mm, f/13.0 , 1/320s, ISO 400
The alternate angle
Settings: 20mm, f/9.0 , 1/200s, ISO 200
Watching over families picnicking
Settings: 35mm, f/16.0 , 1/200s, ISO 200