Nikon D70 @ 10mm, various shutter speeds, f/8, ISO 200
I entered this shot into the recent fujimugs.com challenge for distortion and (un)fortunately it came 2nd. You can check out the original entry here.
I was really pleased with how this one turned out. It was taken a couple of weekends ago at Chatelherault Country Park. There's a small opening during the forrest walk where there's a nice collection of 3 or 4 really old and interesting oak trees - I was really desperate to get a good shot of them. I was probably trying too hard and as a result I simply wasn't seeing any shots. Just as we were walking away I voiced how disgusted I was at being such a crap photographer. At this point my girlfriend yanked my camera off me, turned around, took a quick snap and said "right, there's your shot". Jesus, she was right. How annoying! :)
So, having been gifted with the composition, I proceeded to set up my tripod and create this HDR. I think I ended up combining 8 different exposures and was delighted with the results - it just shows you how well photomatix can cope with scenes of extreme dynamic range.
I felt the image had a slightly surreal and fantastical feel to it and that the hue adjustment complimented it well.
Oh, almost forgot... this is another shot where the smaller version doesn't really do it much justice... check out the larger version.