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Shades of Green

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Young beech leaves have a vibrant, translucent quality that lasts just a few days after they unfurl. With this timing in mind, I took a group of photographers to the beech avenue near Kingston Lacy in Dorset. The busy road from Blandford to Wimbourne runs through the avenue and I tried some compositions using the road as a leading line but none were satisfying. By stepping a few metres away from the road I was able to frame these veteran beech trees, their leaves at precisely the right stage of formation to screen the sky and give the desired shade of green. A passing cloud covered the sun just long enough to avoid contrasty light and harsh shadows. I like the restful quality of the resulting composition.