October 18, 2011 jennyrain

Wordless Wednesday Challenge | The Kent Weakley Tree

Many of you have heard me talk about the Kent Weakley tree, but how many of you have seen it?

Little did this lone tree know that it would inspire a generation of photographers {like Kent and moi}. I mean, did tree envision when it was just a little oak kernel that it would be so famous one day? I wonder…

Well, Kent’s inspiration from this tree has in turn inspired me, so it became part of my personal scavenger hunt this weekend and now I have my own tree located somewhere between my house and the Snickersville Turkpike.

This is the SOOC

These are the fun edits…

Someday I may have to go back and set up a lighting kit to catch this magical tree at different times of the day. You know, to create the Kent-Weakley-Tree effect “officially” rather than in Lightroom.

Want to try an edit of the picture above?

Click here to download the RAW (NEF) file that can be imported into Lightroom or Photoshop. Post your edits on your blog or Flickr account and contact me with the link so I can see what you did!


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I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.

Comments (14)

  1. WOW, ok, I’m completely floored! I’ve inspired you to also go out and claim a tree as your own. I love it! And you’ve picked one of great character and youth, with so much life ahead. 

    A little insider word of advise…you’ll know you’re on the edge of a creative break through (or insanity) when; 
        • you no longer are concerned the property owner will shoot you for trespassing on his land, 
        • you light paint the tree in the middle of the night by yourself,
    • you bring your gas powered weed eater and clear the tall weeds from around the tree (without asking or telling anyone)
        • you’ve been sitting in the field with ‘your tree’ so long, you turn to see a police officer getting ready to affix an abandoned vehicle sticker on your car parked on the side of the road.

    BTW, these are all simply speculations and wild ideas created by my imagination, based on no real life events. Aaa! Hhmmm! (cough) LOL 🙂

    Enjoy your tree, I can sense many more great images to come in the near future. 🙂

    • jennyrain

      Oh.My.Goodness. I think I snort laughed when I read your comment! I seriously thought about hopping the fence, but two men in a truck drove by at the exact moment I arrived and gave me the stink eye. One of the guys was sucking on a piece of wheat and was wearing a big texas hat, so I was skerred they might have a shotgun in the back of the truck 🙂

      • Oh, you really are just getting started at this. Those guys live near my tree too. Just give them a big smile and parade wave with your left hand, while you hold your camera up in your right, then hop the fence right in front of them. They usually just keep driving. It’s kinda like an unspoken acknowledgement of permission. Who knows if it’s even their land. LOL! 😉

    • jennyrain

      Have you met Kent Weakley (below)? He has a tree like that near him… I think we should all go on a photographic scavenger hunt to his house! Oh wait, I mean his neighbor’s house because the tree is actually his neighbors…

  2. Kristy Lorenzen

     I love the second one and then the last one looks like something out of a movie!

  3. Nancy

    Hi, Jenny — found you though Ashley Sisk’s sight and tried my hand at your “The Tree” prompt. I don’t think mine is as nice as yours, but go have a look at my attempt if you like. Nice to run across your blog — it has a fresh look to it. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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