To give you an idea of scale on those roots – this old man of the forest (300+ yrs old) – made an ideal obstacle course for this little girl. This tree has managed to survive the growth of the city and is pretty much close to the center of Bangalore.


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  • David Petranker
    David Petrankerover 5 years ago

    Holy sh*t what a tree, nice image vikram

  • Thanks David – my first comment when I saw this was along those lines too!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Wow, isn’ this incredible! Fantastic shot, I love how you captured the little one in motion and her blue attire just pops against the tree trunk, really good capture of light as well!

  • Thanks Joanne – was lucky to find her – adds so much to present scale.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Marinapallett
    Marinapallettover 5 years ago

    Wow 300 plus,thats amazing !!! great capture ;0)

  • Thanks Marina – glad you came to visit!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture Vikram! What an amazing find, and your idea of using the little girl to define a sense of proportion is brilliant. This is just a brilliant set!

  • Thanks George – as I said to Joanne – I was really lucky to find her! I’m still amazed at the size of the tree. The trunk must have been atleast 18 feet across at its widest.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 5 years ago

    WOW!!! This is simply incredible! What an awesome capture and fantastic point of view. The light is so beautiful on the old gnarled roots!

  • Thanks Johanne – this was the highlight of the day for me!
    PS: Because of the strong contrasts in light – I made an HDR out of a single RAW image. This is pretty darn close to exactly what I saw.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Cheri Perry
    Cheri Perryover 5 years ago

    Wow…now those are some roots…nice capture. Thanks for sharing it with the “Neighborhoods” group.

  • Thanks Cheri! I’ve been in the city for 3 years and had never known this existed – it’s surreal to see something this old survive the growth my city has seen.

    – Vikram Franklin

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    Vulcan Spark S...over 5 years ago


  • I eventually said the same thing after a bit – Wow!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Appel
    Appelover 5 years ago

    I think I like this one even better. With the other shot I thought I could sense how big it was but with this one it looks even bigger! The little girl playing on it is perfect!! That is one incredible tree!!!

  • Thanks Ann – yes, there is definitely something to having a human being provide scale to a pic (all those articles I read on composition appear to not have been totally wasted – LOL)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 5 years ago

    That is the most incredible tree! Fantastic shot Vikram :))

  • Thanks Ursula – this has been here since the late 1600s – it gave me some serious perspective on things.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Wow….now we get the full perspective!! Truly captivating.

  • Yep – I took the first one and realised that it really needed something to provide scale. I went first (I’m just over 6ft) and those roots came up to my ears! I then saw this little girl heading towards the tree and that made a MUCH better pic!

    – Vikram Franklin

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