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Another from yesterday morning's expedition in Bedgebury, but I thought the black and white worked well this time. Comments and criticisms are welcome - is that tree just off centre a distraction?
A big thank you to all who voted and who gave their precious UAs - I was overwhelmed by your response and just a little thrilled and excited! Smile PMs have been sent, but another big thank you!
Ann

Following comments by PhilSingleton and WhiteRose1 I've cloned out the offending branch and the version is now visible as v2.

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5DCMacroAsp.IF HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Feb 2013 - 9:03 AM
Focal Length:42mm
Aperture:f/16
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Pattern
White Balance:Auto
Title:Mysterious morning
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:18 Feb 2013 - 1:43 PM
Tags:Bedgebury, Black & white, Landscape / travel, Sun beams, Sunburst
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Voters:morpheus1955 · digital_boi · NDODS · paskinmj · woolybill1 · richmowil · Hermanus · Saradadevi · CarolG · taggart · Badgerfred · Myed · John_Fraser · lonely_oryx · mandym73 · Stace · MalcolmM · achieverswales · Take-a-View · Quoise · PhilSingleton · AnneWorner · NaturesHaven · ugly · Nikonuser1 · Deep_Bhatia · danbrann · paulb20 · rontear · mrswoolybill · gary_d · andylea · WhiteRose1 · LynneJoyce · Niknut · franken · EAS · saltireblue · Shedboy · clintnewsham · Alan_Baseley · pascalg · gajewski · Lillian · EMJAYCEE · Jawoi · MattB1987 · martin.w · SlowSong · zapar40 · bricurtis · jasonrwl · IgorKo · 213hardy · mbc2151 · cabbie · pamelajean · LV426 · marktc · fentiger · jennialexander · DeSilver · Joline · Big_Beavis · ali63 · Pete · Scottishlandscapes · leontari · GillyB · lifesnapper · Hop-A-Long · fazzer · sweetpea62 · Glostopcat · carper123 · Irishkate · pronabk · Rende · milky · Rock · nonur · gingerdelight · jackyp · Richsr · saeidNL · dmhuynh72 · helenlinda · Chant57 · headskiesfly · PhillipMinnis · tonyng · annettep38 · cheesey · chris-p · uzi35mm · wap69 · ann_g · Kenfromsot ·
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digital_boi
18 Feb 2013 - 1:50 PM

fine work love it

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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18 Feb 2013 - 1:54 PM

A breathtaking monochrome Ann, with a beautiful tonal range.

Regards Nathan Grin

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paskinmj
paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 2:05 PM

Great shafts of light captured and contrast.
Matt

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18 Feb 2013 - 2:13 PM

Super Image!!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  3 South Africa
18 Feb 2013 - 2:15 PM

This is once again an amazing photo Ann !! Very well taken !

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18 Feb 2013 - 2:16 PM

This is stunning, Ann, those shafts of sunlight are wonderful Smile Carol

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taggart
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18 Feb 2013 - 2:18 PM

Interesting in mono-- I think it says the same thing-- Nice owrk!

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18 Feb 2013 - 2:24 PM

Super image Ann, great mono,
Fred.

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lonely_oryx
18 Feb 2013 - 2:49 PM

Great lighting again

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mandym73
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18 Feb 2013 - 2:50 PM

I love this! I'd gladly put it on my living room wall! Smile

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MalcolmM
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18 Feb 2013 - 2:55 PM

Lovely light, fine mono, & that f/g tree no problem at all. Another ex. image.
Malcolm

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achieverswales
18 Feb 2013 - 2:55 PM

Works extremely well in Mono Ann, great light.

Regards

Trev.

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18 Feb 2013 - 3:01 PM

Wonderful work, love it!

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PhilSingleton
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18 Feb 2013 - 3:07 PM

This is a very atmospheric image Ann, with great drama. The only "distraction" I could see is the branch of the "middle tree" in the foreground which sticks up and to the right breaking all the vertical lines of the trees. The branch also has quite a dark tone which makes it more noticeable. This really is only my opinion on what is a fantastic image.
Phil.

Last Modified By PhilSingleton at 18 Feb 2013 - 3:14 PM

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AnneWorner
18 Feb 2013 - 3:10 PM

Love it, very atmospheric.

Anne

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18 Feb 2013 - 3:12 PM


Quote: The only "ditraction" I could see is the branch of the "middle tree" in the foreground which sticks up and to the right breaking all the vertical lines of the trees. It also has quite a drak tone which makes it more noticeable.
Phil.

Thanks Phil - I might see whether I can clone it out.... Smile
Ann

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18 Feb 2013 - 3:14 PM


Quote: Lovely light, fine mono, & that f/g tree no problem at all. Another ex. image.
Malcolm

Thanks Malcolm - you are the expert on woodlands!
Ann

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Deep_Bhatia
18 Feb 2013 - 3:38 PM

Wonderful image, Ann.

Deep

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18 Feb 2013 - 3:42 PM

Another beautifully lit image Ann.

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18 Feb 2013 - 4:08 PM

Makes those crepuscular rays stand out !! Ann. Have my award !!
Ron.

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18 Feb 2013 - 4:11 PM

You had wonderful light.
I started off wishing that tree was just a little bit further left of centre. But there's another strong dark trunk in the background just to the left which serves to draw the eye away from the centre rather than towards it. I wouldn't crop, as you would lose the proportions as well as that dark trunk serving as a frame on the side. And I'm guessing that compositional possibilities may have been somewhat limited by the need to keep the actual sun hidden/out of frame while making full use of the rays of light. I do like this a lot - it's subtle, mysterious.
Moira

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18 Feb 2013 - 4:12 PM

I agree with Ron the rays stand out even more in this mono version, impressive stuff. - gary

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18 Feb 2013 - 4:32 PM

mono looks fantastic ann brilliant light and tones a stunner top shot Wink
andy

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18 Feb 2013 - 4:57 PM

Not sure but I think this is almost better than the last. Love the atmosphere, Ann. That little side branch would be better 'out' but only a minor niggle. Excellent.

Dave

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18 Feb 2013 - 5:12 PM

I'm not a fan of mono but this is such a strong image that it works well.

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18 Feb 2013 - 5:15 PM

Cracking shot !!!....the magic is still there too !!!....lovely photography !!

I tend to remove the odd weed or blade of grass, if it's distracting !!.....but if that tree bothers you, you'll have to
carry a chainsaw around ??......bit of a squeeze in the old camera bag though !!.Grin

Perhaps a 'toned' version of this lovely shot might be interesting ??.....blue, or gold perhaps ?...just a thought !

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18 Feb 2013 - 5:15 PM

It works so well in mono Ann.

Ken

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EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 5:41 PM


Quote: I'm not a fan of mono but this is such a strong image that it works well.

Exactly! Grin

Ann

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18 Feb 2013 - 5:46 PM

This is a more laid back version of yesterday's spectacular woodland scene, Ann. Cannot decide which I prefer, but at the moment yesterday's is winning by a very short nose...but has not yet crossed the winning line.

Malc

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18 Feb 2013 - 6:47 PM

Yes, V2 does work nicely for me. The mono conversion gives this a classic, timeless look.
-=\Walter

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18 Feb 2013 - 6:57 PM

Would not have thought this in Mono Ann,
but it sure has worked very well
Lillian

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18 Feb 2013 - 7:17 PM

Just had another look at yesterday's shot and think it's favourite for me - just has a warmer feel about it. Having said that, if I hadn't seen yesterday's offering I would be singing the praises of this lovely mono.SmileSmileSmile
Joan.

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18 Feb 2013 - 8:03 PM

Beautifully captured light rays Wink

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18 Feb 2013 - 8:34 PM

V2 for me Ann - a small tweak that has made a big difference.
Brian.

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18 Feb 2013 - 8:40 PM

Very nice Ann and I do agree that the tweak in v2 is an improvement
Jason

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19 Feb 2013 - 5:06 AM

Magical Ann.

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19 Feb 2013 - 7:36 AM

It probably would be better without the foreground tree but it is still a image with lots of impact and yes No. 2 is an improvement.

Albert

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19 Feb 2013 - 1:05 PM

V2 is the "cleaner" image, although v1 is quite natural looking.
I don't think the "tree just off center" is a distraction at all. I think it is very well composed.
The mono is just a tad my favorite of the two, but not by much. Lovely scene.

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19 Feb 2013 - 5:59 PM

You see you thought photography was easy and now you realise that you need a hacksaw in your bag.
Not even the swiss army knife has one of these for you.
It does make a big difference in this image which is so beautiful for sure. The exposure has let the light rays do their job so well

Dougie

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19 Feb 2013 - 6:42 PM

Amazing image Ann, great in Mono.

John Smile

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Hop-A-Long
19 Feb 2013 - 7:45 PM

Fantastic shafts of light, beautiful image.

Andy

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19 Feb 2013 - 7:47 PM

beautiful shot Ann,love itSmileSmile

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19 Feb 2013 - 8:16 PM

A stunning image Ann. Lin

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19 Feb 2013 - 8:42 PM

Such wonderful shafts of sunlight breaking through the trees in this magical pine forest mono, I must say v2 with the removal of the broken branch looks much better

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19 Feb 2013 - 8:47 PM

Brilliant, Anne, a minor variation that works well, you have tackled a difficult subject superbly, great job on the processing, full of atmosphere with wonderful lighting. Your portfolio is looking great.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile x

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20 Feb 2013 - 3:24 PM

Works beautifully in B&W, and yes, better without the offending branch Smile
Rende

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20 Feb 2013 - 5:23 PM

Wonderful in mono Ann, Excellent Rays of light ,Nice work-----MilkyWinkWink

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20 Feb 2013 - 6:19 PM

A frame full of superb photographic pleasure !

Rock

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20 Feb 2013 - 6:44 PM

Super black and white shot!

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20 Feb 2013 - 6:58 PM

Absolutely stunning, works so well in Black & White, love it Grin

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20 Feb 2013 - 7:07 PM

Like the light fingers in this Ann, well worked
Regards Richard

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20 Feb 2013 - 10:11 PM

Very fantastic and great image,Ann and good choice of the black and white,very well done,
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dmhuynh72
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21 Feb 2013 - 10:16 AM

another stunner Ann, well done.
regards
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24 Feb 2013 - 7:54 PM

Nice work. You have raised the appeal with v2.

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annettep38
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25 Feb 2013 - 12:57 PM

a stunning shot, personally, the branch doesn't bother me, it is all natural.

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ann_g
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10 Mar 2013 - 8:35 PM

love that light Smile

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