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Mysterious morning

By AnnChown  
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!

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

Tags: Black and white Sunburst Bedgebury Sun beams Landscape and travel

Voters: morpheus1955, digital_boi, NDODS and 95 more

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18 Feb 2013 1:50PM
fine work love it


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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 1:54PM
A breathtaking monochrome Ann, with a beautiful tonal range.

Regards Nathan Grin
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 2:05PM
Great shafts of light captured and contrast.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
18 Feb 2013 2:13PM
Super Image!!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
18 Feb 2013 2:15PM
This is once again an amazing photo Ann !! Very well taken !
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Feb 2013 2:16PM
This is stunning, Ann, those shafts of sunlight are wonderful Smile Carol
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Feb 2013 2:18PM
Interesting in mono-- I think it says the same thing-- Nice owrk!
18 Feb 2013 2:24PM
Super image Ann, great mono,
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
18 Feb 2013 2:49PM
Great lighting again
18 Feb 2013 2:50PM
I love this! I'd gladly put it on my living room wall! Smile
MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
18 Feb 2013 2:55PM
Lovely light, fine mono, & that f/g tree no problem at all. Another ex. image.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
18 Feb 2013 2:55PM
Works extremely well in Mono Ann, great light.


User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 3:01PM
Wonderful work, love it!
18 Feb 2013 3:07PM
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.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
18 Feb 2013 3:10PM
Love it, very atmospheric.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 3:12PM

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.

Thanks Phil - I might see whether I can clone it out.... Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 3:14PM

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

Thanks Malcolm - you are the expert on woodlands!
18 Feb 2013 3:38PM
Wonderful image, Ann.

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
18 Feb 2013 3:42PM
Another beautifully lit image Ann.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
18 Feb 2013 4:08PM
Makes those crepuscular rays stand out !! Ann. Have my award !!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 4:11PM
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.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
18 Feb 2013 4:12PM
I agree with Ron the rays stand out even more in this mono version, impressive stuff. - gary
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 4:32PM
mono looks fantastic ann brilliant light and tones a stunner top shot Wink
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
18 Feb 2013 4:57PM
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.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 5:12PM
I'm not a fan of mono but this is such a strong image that it works well.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 5:15PM
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 ??, or gold perhaps ?...just a thought !
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 5:15PM
It works so well in mono Ann.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
18 Feb 2013 5:41PM

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

saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
18 Feb 2013 5:46PM
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.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
18 Feb 2013 6:47PM
Yes, V2 does work nicely for me. The mono conversion gives this a classic, timeless look.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 6:57PM
Would not have thought this in Mono Ann,
but it sure has worked very well
9 10 10 England
18 Feb 2013 7:17PM
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
martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:03PM
Beautifully captured light rays Wink
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
18 Feb 2013 8:34PM
V2 for me Ann - a small tweak that has made a big difference.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:40PM
Very nice Ann and I do agree that the tweak in v2 is an improvement
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 5:06AM
Magical Ann.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
19 Feb 2013 7:36AM
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.

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
19 Feb 2013 1:05PM
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.
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

19 Feb 2013 6:42PM
Amazing image Ann, great in Mono.

John Smile
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
19 Feb 2013 7:45PM
Fantastic shafts of light, beautiful image.

fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 7:47PM
beautiful shot Ann,love itSmileSmile
19 Feb 2013 8:16PM
A stunning image Ann. Lin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Feb 2013 8:42PM
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
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:47PM
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
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
20 Feb 2013 3:24PM
Works beautifully in B&W, and yes, better without the offending branch Smile
milky 14 Wales
20 Feb 2013 5:23PM
Wonderful in mono Ann, Excellent Rays of light ,Nice work-----MilkyWinkWink
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
20 Feb 2013 6:19PM
A frame full of superb photographic pleasure !

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
20 Feb 2013 6:44PM
Super black and white shot!
jackyp 7 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2013 6:58PM
Absolutely stunning, works so well in Black & White, love it Grin
Richsr 11 91 223 England
20 Feb 2013 7:07PM
Like the light fingers in this Ann, well worked
Regards Richard
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
20 Feb 2013 10:11PM
Very fantastic and great image,Ann and good choice of the black and white,very well done,
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 10:16AM
another stunner Ann, well done.
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2013 7:54PM
Nice work. You have raised the appeal with v2.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
25 Feb 2013 12:57PM
a stunning shot, personally, the branch doesn't bother me, it is all natural.
ann_g 14 19 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2013 8:35PM
love that light Smile

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