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Out on Dartmoor one afternoon under a beautiful but frustratingly clear blue sky, my eye was caught by what looked like huge billowing clouds on the horizon. On heading over to investigate, it turned out to be a team of Dartmoor Commoners carrying out controlled burning of the gorse (swaling) just above Venford Reservoir. Thankfully they weren't fussed about health and safety and let me wander through the gorse as it burned - I didn't even have to have a risk assessment Smile. As I was shooting towards the sun, the drifting smoke was backlit and the figures and twisted, burned gorse silhouetted against it.

Thanks for taking the time to look Smile

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Mar 2011 - 3:54 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Burning the Gorse
Username:Anna_W Anna_W
Uploaded:17 Mar 2012 - 7:05 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Landscape / travel / Dartmoor / gorse / burning / smoke / swaling
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MattB1987
MattB1987 e2 Member 3444 forum postsMattB1987 vcard England
17 Mar 2012 - 7:08 PM

Great silhoette, nice detail.
Matt

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Paulgc
Paulgc  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 7:10 PM

Absolutely stunning image, i am a huge fan of silhouette's and really love this image, well done.Smile

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SisterPinkie
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17 Mar 2012 - 7:14 PM

This is truly beautiful and so evocative of an era now lost to modernism and technology. You really feel as though you have stepped back in time. Gorgeous, totally gorgeous.

Lizzie Grin

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clintQB
clintQB  351 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 - 7:25 PM

stunning...this is so atmospheric......its like you could almost be there.....beautiful work

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 7:29 PM

Wonderful in every respect....

Ade

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213hardy
213hardy e2 Member 6643 forum posts213hardy vcard England
17 Mar 2012 - 7:32 PM


Quote: Stunning...this is so atmospheric......its like you could almost be there.....beautiful work

Enough said

Den

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JohnoP
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17 Mar 2012 - 7:36 PM

Beautifully done, great tones, atmosphere and timing. John

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MHart
MHart  4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 - 7:49 PM

great silhouette, colours and atmosphere.

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aliciabeesley
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17 Mar 2012 - 8:01 PM

Really like this, well done you. LisaSmile

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 8:45 PM

A really superb shot, but a little over-sharpened in places. Excellent work.

Alan.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 8:58 PM

Great "Contra jour" shot here.
Matt

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Karrol
Karrol  629 forum posts England
17 Mar 2012 - 9:05 PM

So simple but absolutely stunning capture. Well spotted and captured.
Would get my award!

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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 9:24 PM

Great image! Very dramatic and interesting! Smile

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41103 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 9:41 PM

Wonderful image, well worth the risk GrinGrin. Excellent composition, lovely layered silhouettes and salmon pink smoke.

Dave

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franken
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17 Mar 2012 - 9:44 PM

Superb image.

Ken

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 11:39 PM

Wonderful silhouette. Great colours. the others have said it all!
Superb.Grin Kate

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Daisymaye
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18 Mar 2012 - 3:03 AM

A superb image. You've captured it all perfectly............Sandy

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 5:07 AM

Fabulous silhouetted figure and mood captured.
Tom.

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 7:12 AM

This is stunning. I love it ! Smile

Barry

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SlowSong
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18 Mar 2012 - 7:40 AM

Wonderful b/g colour and excellent silhouette. So interesting and such an attractive image.
Chris

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CaroleS
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18 Mar 2012 - 9:37 AM

Superb composition - Carole

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 - 4:09 PM

Fabulous capture.

P.

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jeanie
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18 Mar 2012 - 5:14 PM

What a lucky opportunity and an amazing image! Grin

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Anna_W
Anna_W  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 5:25 PM

Wow, thanks to everyone who's voted and commented and to Peter for the EC - I've never had one before and I'm chuffed to bits Smile Thanks also to the Guest Ed for the award and to Paul, Clint, Den and Ed for their UAs ... really kind of you and much appreciated. I'll shut up now before I start sounding like Gwyneth Paltrow Smile
Anna

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Michaela_Solway

Superb image... Very well done!Smile

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19 Mar 2012 - 7:10 PM

Anna,
This is a fantastically composed silhouette. I love your composition here and the limited color palette -- nice atmospheric look about this.
-\Walter

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Baz72  530 forum posts Scotland
21 Mar 2012 - 10:20 PM

Great image...have my award !!
Brian.

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POOCHIE
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22 Mar 2012 - 5:20 PM

Superb image Anna love it.Wink

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Anna_W
Anna_W  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2012 - 9:33 PM

Many thanks Kate, Brian and Poochie for the UAs - really kind of you Smile
Anna

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NickHodgson
2 Apr 2012 - 10:23 AM

Brilliant - you are a constant inspiration to me Anna.

Last Modified By NickHodgson at 2 Apr 2012 - 10:24 AM

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2 Apr 2012 - 9:43 PM

Amazing work Anna, congratulations!!!

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Sean_Dillon
6 Apr 2012 - 5:28 PM

Stunning image
John

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 9:03 AM

Just amazing SmileSmile
Stunning shot
Helen

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Snowden1  2 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 - 9:28 AM

Wonderful shot!

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 543 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2012 - 10:28 PM

Wow!
Alun

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Outlander
Outlander  573 forum posts
22 Jun 2012 - 8:32 AM

Here`s another Wow, how did i miss these. wonderful images

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RichieJ
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27 Jun 2012 - 3:58 PM

I've been hoping to come across something like this for a long time while out on the moors. You've certainly captured the scene very well, Stunning shot Anna.

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20 Mar 2013 - 6:31 PM

That is very special Wink

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