Mystic Oak Tree during Nightly Snowfall
DESCRIPTIONIt was the night before a few snowy days in The Netherlands. The first snow was going to fall that night. Fortunately I was prepared for this project and I went directly to the 'Stroese Heide', a beautiful part of the Veluwe which has in some part a mysterious attractiveness, because of the many dead oaks that are there. In fact, that's the very reason that I went to this area on that particular day. It was just after sunset when I positioned my two flash lights nearby this dead oak tree. One on the left side and one on the right; both placed a little behind the focus area so as to get the backlight needed to accentuate the snowy contours of the three and the falling snowflakes. I had to determine the composition very carefully because of one specific, important element in the photo, namely the big living oak tree in the background. I positioned that tree on the right of the potential image, above the long branch of the dead oak that is sticking out. Now with the dead oak tree, carrying as it were the big tree, a nice contrast between the two trees was created: the one dead and the other alive, the one small and the other big, one in the light and the other in the dark, etc. Still a connection remains...
AUTHORJacob-Carl Pauw (1990) is a professional, Dutch photographer. Although he started within the broadest spectrum of nature photography in 2006, he's focusing more on landscape photography since 2017. From that period onward he suddenly began to develop a great fascination for trees and mystery. Besides making use of ideal weather conditions he began combining natural light with artificial light, in order to create unique photographs and with that a complete new style of his own.