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On Friday evening, dad and I went out in the hope that the ash from the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano would give a strong sunset. It didn't but I still got some nice silhouettes of trees against what little there was. It turned out that the location wasn't ideal, either, and I had to lie on the floor and point the camera upwards to lift the tree above the horizon.

I'm not sure what kind of tree it is but I have a friend who could probably work it out. They did the trees part of her botany degree in the winter so, unlike most people, she can only identify trees when they have no leaves on them! Smile

Any comments or criticism welcome.

Dave.

Friday, 16th April, 2010.
21mm, f/5.6, 1/80s, ISO-200.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Silhouette
Username:DRicherby DRicherby
Uploaded:19 Apr 2010 - 6:15 PM
Tags:Blue, Flowers & plants, General, Orange, Silhouette, Sky, Sunset, Tree
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NobbytheNobster

Very good silhouette shot with nice warm sky. Well taken.
I too have been out these past few days expecting some amazing sunsets due to the volcanic ash, so far nothing spectacular either.
Lets see what the coming evenings bring?
Ricky.

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Sean_Dillon
19 Apr 2010 - 6:31 PM

Still made a stunning silhouette. Well Done.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 6:39 PM

looks good to me.lesley

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mark1309
mark1309  7 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 - 7:13 PM

Nice shot and a great write up,
Mark.

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fotosphere
19 Apr 2010 - 7:33 PM

Nicely taken silhouette, well done indeed
Tony

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Musicmike
Musicmike  8 England
19 Apr 2010 - 8:01 PM

Beautiful lighting making a great image

Mike

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 8:03 PM

What a very beautiful and well shaped tree and as a sihlouete against the lovely colours of the sky makes for a very attractive image.

Linda

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gingerdelight
19 Apr 2010 - 9:43 PM

The tree has the shape of an oak, but don't take my word on that one! A beautiful picture, such wonderful colours - well worth the lay down on the ground!
Carol

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 10:01 PM

I was going to guess it was an oak, too, Carol. Smile

Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments!

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borrower
borrower  4 England
19 Apr 2010 - 10:16 PM

Its an Oak for me too maybe.... Superb sihouette and sunset beautifully taken and presented, excellent.
Louise

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 10:50 PM

Well, if three of us think it's maybe an oak, then it's definitely maybe an oak!

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 11:06 PM

Me too it's an oak! Super shot even if you did get muddy!
Barbara

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 3:42 AM

Very attractive colours and the silouette of the tree, which I too think is probably an oak from the spread of those branches, is beautiful.

Ann

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 6:37 AM

Lovely tones and I like the silhouettes.

regards
Yung

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 7:18 AM

Actually, I think the soft gradient of the sunset is perfect as it concentrates attention on the tree silhouette. Lovely shot, worth getting down and dirty for.

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 9:39 AM

I really love this beautiful tree.Excellent silhouette , with warm and clod contrast beautiful colours.
xiaoli

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 10:30 AM

You cant get much better than this
So simple but so nice

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Bigtoe
Bigtoe  5 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 1:06 PM

Aren't trees brilliant subjects. Worth the effort I think. Tony.

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 3:15 PM

Great exposure and balance...

Bernie

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Adrian_Reynolds
20 Apr 2010 - 5:30 PM

Looks like an Oak shape, David, beautifully silhouetted against that sunset,
lovely image,
Adrian

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chrisvannamen
20 Apr 2010 - 6:18 PM

Wonderful silhouette, love the colour of the sky.

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madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 7:19 PM

Dave, I'm going to be No30 because I love this sort of image. I also thought about the ash cloud creating strong sunset pics but found the same as you. Nice one buddy

regards

Bill

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jonrayner
jonrayner  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 8:20 PM

Great silhouette, nicely composed with the tree central and what looks like the sun central and behind the tree. Very nice colours in the sky. Nice shot.
Jon

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 8:37 PM

A cracking silhouette so well captured with that band of beautiful colour, can I take this opportunity to thank you for all the insightful comment on our images that is very appreciated indeed Colin

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 9:41 PM

A simple but nery effective image, Dave. Lovely graduated colour tones, too.
Terry

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 10:40 PM

magic

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sparklep
sparklep  7146 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 10:42 PM

Really nice silhouette and lovely colours.

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 11:35 PM

What a superb silhouette! powerful image well done
Astyag

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 12:00 PM

This is a well thought out image and well composed. The balance of colour is superb. The detail is wonderful. Lovely silhouette David
Carol

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 5:03 PM

I love it as is, and especially the warm tones at the horizon line, but since I've not had any Riesling today, I must make a mono version Smile
Anne

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DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 5:19 PM

Thanks for the mod, Anne! I'd not considered black and white but it does work well and produces a very different feel. I think I'd push the contrast a bit further, making the formerly red part of the sky brighter — the result feels quite a lot like a sunrise.

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ironman
ironman  5
21 Apr 2010 - 5:43 PM

Quite a nice silhouette.Would have been tempted to crop and lose some of the black at bottom of shot and place the shot on a white canvas with a thin black keyline.For me there's just too much black,but that's just my humble opinion.

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ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 5:51 PM

Holy cow...what a gorgeous shot! I love silhouettes and of course twilight silhouettes. You've certainly made the most of that sky, Dave.

Your friend who unintentionallly specialises in arboreal nudes - you should get her to find out what this tree is 'cos it makes a good foredrop for a sunset.

As for you falling flat to get this shot, now that's commitment Smile

Love the bronchiole-lungishness of this silhouette, by the way.

Andrew

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maratsuikka
21 Apr 2010 - 5:59 PM

Eyjafjallajökull,its so easy to pronause,Team-Mate

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User_Removed
21 Apr 2010 - 6:33 PM

Superb, Dave.

Al.

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AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 7:23 PM


Quote: Thanks for the mod, Anne! I'd not considered black and white but it does work well and produces a very different feel. I think I'd push the contrast a bit further, making the formerly red part of the sky brighter — the result feels quite a lot like a sunrise.

I take it you shoot in RAW, so you could process this yourself using those wonderful filters. I love to play around with b&w filters to see the different effects.

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maggie9
maggie9  545 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 7:45 PM

absolutely gorgeous!

maggie

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MickS  9 England14 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 8:19 PM

Watcha David,
excellent additions, especially, A walk in the country, and that trio of Under-foot, oh, and of course, the cat.
best
Mick

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DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 8:27 PM

wefi wrote:

Quote: I take it you shoot in RAW, so you could process this yourself using those wonderful filters. I love to play around with b&w filters to see the different effects.

Yes, I've been shooting RAW since I got the new laptop around this time last year. It's always good fun to play around with filters on black and white conversions. Somewhere on my hard disk, I have a rose that's been rendered black by one filter and white by another. I should dig it out and post it, if I'm happy with the quality.

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22 Apr 2010 - 8:33 AM

excellent capture dave,super tones.ray

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RTDS  5 Cyprus
22 Apr 2010 - 3:53 PM

Simply Beautiful image.
This one i like a lot.
Well done.
Robert

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gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2010 - 7:48 PM

Well worth laying on the floor and the colour in the sky is beautiful. - gary

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ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
23 Apr 2010 - 8:47 PM

Excellent image and pastel colours.
Christine

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 7:14 PM

a beauty

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2010 - 3:46 PM

Lovely presentation Dave, lovely color and silhouette,
Geoff.

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2010 - 3:05 PM

"They did the trees part of her botany degree in the winter so, unlike most people, she can only identify trees when they have no leaves on them!" - love it !!!
Very eye-catching silhouette
Helen

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videotec
videotec  5 United Kingdom
13 May 2010 - 6:26 PM

Got to the Oak Tree--me thinks---Super capture and presentation
Pete

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rkarthick
rkarthick  3 Canada
17 Aug 2010 - 5:04 PM

This is picture perfect Smile

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2010 - 1:19 AM

Well done.

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catherinekp79
15 Oct 2010 - 9:52 PM

Lovely shot. Smile

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zulupentax
6 Nov 2010 - 8:40 AM

Talk about getting the colours of nature so beautiful that almost jumps off the screen and this can be used as a perfect example.
I wouldn't shatter so many glasses or spill so many drinks and squash fruits if I could take shots like these Smile

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smartbox  5 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 7:02 PM

I really like this capture. Lovely color in the sky and tree silhouette. I like how you can make out every branch of the tree. Well done!

BJ

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