Our leaves may be gone, but the craggy silhouettes of the trees remain. For last week's Shooting Challenge, you celebrated the tree without the leaves. Here are the photos:

Winner: The Face

Drive by this tree everyday on the way home. Taken with Canon Eos-M and 22mm. ISO-100, f/4, 1/1000sec.

Eric Taylor


Reach For The Sky

I photograph trees all the time, but this was a special challenge, because most trees are vertical, and if you shoot them vertical, they don't lend themselves to be used as wallpaper. That being said, I went in search of diagonal or horizontal trees. I found some, but they weren't spooky enough. I came upon these two in the middle of a cow pasture surrounded by an electric fence. So I stood in the roadway with my longest lens and captured this image. It was extremely difficult to isolate the trees against the sky when I couldn't get any closer than about 100 yards, but I'm pleased with the results. I used my trusty old Canon 5D with my Canon 70-200 Zoom.

John Locus


Stormy Day

This photo was taken at Joseph D. Grant County park in San Jose, CA. I was using my Nikon D3300 DSLR camera. It was a stormy day but there was a window of no rain for a few hours where I was able to get this shot. I wanted to get a shot that showed not only the tree but the stormy clouds in the sky. This type of tree has always reminded me of those spooky trees you see in Halloween cartoons and movies so I wanted to make the photo as dark as possible while still being able to see all details clearly. I hope you enjoy the photo.

Alvaro Cardenas


Xanten

I am from The Netherlands but had a short visit in Xanten, Germany on Monday December 1.

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On my way back I saw this beautiful sky and trees, stopped the car and took the picture. It was taken with a Pentax K-3, focal length 30mm, ISO 1100 and 1/180sec at f/9,5.

Marc Boom


Relics

I was on my way home after running to the carryout when I came upon these relics. They seem angry. Almost as if they are taunting the nearby, younger saplings.

Scott Banyash


Tree Triangle

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Clint


Clear Moonlit Night

Just got home after a long day at work. I'm an avid reader of the site, and saw the contest so I decided to give it a shot on this clear moonlit night. I have an iPhone 6 Plus and framed it with Squaready.

Josh Smyth


Man Vs Nature

Here's my image for your 'tree' contest. It was taken in the Corktown neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Rick Miller


The Priest Path

I took this on the summit of "The Priest," a 4k foot mountain in Nelson County, Va. It was a rainy and foggy morning at about 9 AM. I just used my camera phone.

Tyler Lane


Huckleberry Railroad

Flint Michigan—When I visited with my family I was pleasantly surprised by Railroad, and the historic views it offered. Unlike most parks, the trains here were actually original working engines that have history of their own. I highly recommend a visit. Sony A7R, Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 II Lens

Joshua Young


The Scariest Tree In Town

This is the scariest tree in town... even when it has leaves. Mothers take their misbehaving children out here and well... after a visit or two... no more back talk and they eat all their vegetables... even broccoli, mostly without complaint. My therapist accompanied me out here this morning and he opened the trunk just enough for me to get this shot...I used my Canon 70D, with a Sigma 35mm A lens... ISO was 100... Av was 5.6... Tv was 1,250th sec. The Shots were handheld and it consists of 8 Images stitched in Photoshop CC 2014. The original is 60 inches X 18 inches, at 300 DPI.... 487 MB tif. I hope the nightmares aren't as bad as last time I had an encounter with this... this... thing that looks like a tree.... but isn't...God help us all.

Charlie Carroll


You Got Us Good There, Palm Tree. You Got Us Good.

Technically a palm does not have "leaves", so it was one of the few choices in San Diego right now. Shot Dec 3rd during our first real rain of the season. Canon 5D MKII, F/8, 1/30sec, and lots of channel mixing in Photoshop.

Pete Axcell


Forest Full Of Ghosts

Hey, I saw your contest in BlinkFeed and when I was in the mountain today I decided to send you a photo of a tree when I was passing through a forest full of ghosts. Some of them were lost souls, other were stucked with no way out. I don't have a professional camera and just used my phone (HTC One M8). I didn't add some black-white effect because I think it is not necessary in this particular case. I stare into the face of the death because at the end of their time, everybody dies. Maybe. I included a photo of me in the forest today. One of these fucking days, even I'm gonna die. Maybe not. Do you see the ghost in the photo?

Rosen Rachev


The Moon

I'm a beginning photographer and recently purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon 7100, as an update from just using my iPhone or my wife's older DSLR. I've been reading a lot of books and websites, and have started to feel my way around a bit more with camera settings and post-processing.

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Right after I read the photo contest post I was walking our dog and saw that the moon was nearly full, but hidden behind a light layer of cirrus clouds. This gave it a big cloud ring which looked, to me anyway, very cool. I ran in and grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots while framing the moon different ways in the branches of our newly naked trees.

Having recently tried some Milky Way photography from a Lifehacker article I had some basic ideas of settings for a night shoot. This was different though with the moon so bright. Since it was a spur of the moment thing, I took the pictures handheld by bracing myself up against the utility pole in my front yard. I managed to get a fairly steady shot that way. I forgot to turn on my lens VR, which would have helped.

I ended up overexposing it a bit, but I was able to fiddle around a bit in Aperture to get things to a setting that I am pretty happy with.

Josh Wisenbaker


Ebenezer Swamp

Shot in Ebenezer Swamp in Montevallo, AL with a Sony RX100 using the panorama setting, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, 10mm, ISO 125. Post processing was done using Adobe Photoshop Express to crop and add the "silvering" filter.

Karen Barth

(this is a very tall photo)


Alley Tree

This is from the pedestrian alley outside my back door between two older, 3-story condominium buildings, taken on Saturday, the 6th. I used a tripod, a Sony NEX-F3 body and a manuel Minolta Rokkor 50mm lens (with mount adapter), using the camera's black and white mode. The final image is a composite, assembled in Photoshop, with the buildings shot with a longer exposure to get slightly more detail and the tree shot with a shorter exposure to get more definition of the branches.

Mark Superczynski


Giant

I took my photo near my condo near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Olympus E-PM2. Manual Mode. F/22. 1/30 sec. ISO 500. 14mm Focal Length

Robert Bilodeau


Winter Desolation

Attached is my entry for the Barren Tree contest. The leafless tree and those amazing clouds in the the background screamed Winter Desolation, which is what I ended up calling this shot. It was taken with an Olympus OMD-EM1 camera and the 12-40/2.8 PRO lens.

John Clark


Chilly Day

The image of these trees on a chilly day was captured with a Nokia Lumia 635. I like the way the shadows of the branches landed onto the other branches. It was converted to a sepia monochrome on the phone with Lumia Creative Studio. There were also some global corrections to contrast and brightness. The image was then resized in Paint.net 4.05.

Jonas Demuro


Urban Tree

This is the first naked tree that I saw in front of my apartment. It is an urban lonely tree, and the light came from a light pole over it. It was taken with an iPhone 6, against the light, using the regular Camera app, processed with the powerful photo editing app Exposure using the Intense and Gray Effects.

Aline Mary Fonseca


Mesquite

We don't have a ton of trees without leaves here in Phoenix, AZ yet but I did come across this one. I was out shooting the sunrise and came across this tree which was in an area burned by wildfire in 2005. Normally this Mesquite tree would have leaves year round but the fire has stripped it permanently. I like the look of the pitted and gnarled partially burnt wood that was left behind. Canon 7D, Sigma f/4-5.6 10mm-20mm, 100 ISO, f/16, 2.5 Sec, Dolica Tripod.

Matt Oss


Shoot the Moon

There are several old trees in my backyard that have character. For this contest, I decided to shoot the moon through one of the trees. This was taken with a Canon Rebel T3 with a Sigma 10-20 lens. The exposure was for 30 seconds at f/5 and ISO 100. The image was edited in Lightroom.

Chris Sears


You Biked To The Climbing Gym? I Mean, C'mon!

No real story this time. I was biking to my climbing gym and noticed all the trees and luckily I brought my camera.

Chris Thai


Watchful Eye

I decided to focus on a close-up for this contest. This tree's watchful eye grabbed my attention during my walk through the woods. Converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex, shadows and contrast boosted in PS CS6. Sony RX100 M2; ISO 500,

Costas Kitsos


Spooky Moon

Shot was taken from the back deck of the house I'm renting in Atlanta GA. Tried several others during the day, but when the moon came out it definitely made for a spookier shot. Camera was a Panasonic GH4, with Minolta 50mm at f1.7, 1/50, 3200 ISO.

Peter Leininger


LA Has Seasons

This picture proves that there are actually seasons in Los Angeles. Sure, it was 80+ degrees outside in November. Sure, I was in shorts and sweating through a tee-shirt. Sure, I had to hike three miles into the foothills. But I found these trees nearly bereft of their foliage, and that proves it. I had a great time looking for a tree worthy of this shooting challenge and won't easily forget my hike into Chantry Flats. Taken with my LG G3 smartphone. Color editing in Microsoft Photo manager.

Timothy Erling


Winter Aspens

This small grove of leaf less aspens looked stark against a boulder at the bottom of a canyon in Sierra Nevada mountains. Taken with the Olympus OM-D using a Sigma 30mm lens at F2.8, 1/80 sec.

Steven Fercho


Superb work all around. The wallpapers are over at flickr. Watch out for a new Shooting Challenge tomorrow.