This image was taken “created” while out hiking in the Vanderwater Conservation area trails just north of Belleville.

It was January, it was cold and the trees were all bare. I had been walking this featureless trail for a kilometre or so looking for something of interest to shoot (with my camera) when this particular tree caught my attention…Mother nature just seemed to be staring at me with bulging eyes. Hopefully my final rendition of the image was successful and you are able to see what I imagined I saw.

I took a variety of shots from different angles and with various settings, trying to capture what had caught my eye. I knew from experience that the texture of that rough bark and some of the pronounced features of the tree would stand out well with a little help from post-processing…it also looked like a potentially good monochrome image.

When you convert an image to black and white you shift the focus from seeing the blah colours of a bare tree, to seeing different aspects…texture..lines… also gives you the artistic liberty to emphasize certain features….permission to get a little creative.

We all tend to see things in a slightly different way and, because of our diversity in perspective each of us has a slightly different take on the images that appeal to us. This influences the way we look and see the world around us. What's interesting to me may be of no interest to someone else and vice versa.

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