New Year's Day by the Tyne

By mrswoolybill
We had intended a long, bracing walk along the riverside yesterday, to blow away the cobwebs; in the event we were stuck indoors while the nice British Gas engineer puzzled over the central heating. (Second visit in a week, this time it seems to have worked... ) So we only managed half an hour before the sun went down. But just to see sunlight was a bonus. It actually penetrated through to the remnants of colour still lurking under the drabness.
We were there just before Christmas and I realised then that I should have taken my 50mm lens. I knew what I was looking for this time.
V1 I like the not-quite symmetry of these three trees.
V2 & V3 - A rosebay willowherb seed head, with light catching other stalks, against the dark trees in the background.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Trees Specialist and abstract Landscape and travel

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
2 Jan 2013 8:37AM
beautiful and stimulating...V2 for me today Smile

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BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
2 Jan 2013 8:45AM
Three lovely nature shots.
I especially like V2.
Happy New Year to you.

B. Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
2 Jan 2013 8:47AM
You can't beat some lovely evening sun, it brings forward the trees against the shadier background giving a lovely depth but v2 is the pick of the three for me. The shapes and patterns of the background look so good with the seed head providing the sharp and hard contrast.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 8:50AM
Thanks early birds. V2 may get its own upload some time...
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 8:54AM
Evening sun - I have forgotten what it is like to walk in such light...
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 8:56AM

Quote:You can't beat some lovely evening sun,

Quote:Evening sun - I have forgotten what it is like to walk in such light...

So had we... This was actually 2.30pm, but it was my last shot of the day; down in the valley the sun only rises above the trees for an hour or so at this time of year, and a few minutes later it had disappeared.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:04AM
love all 3
but V2 gets a vote today
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
2 Jan 2013 9:25AM
Abstract bleakness Moira, interesting.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Jan 2013 9:29AM
Sunlight makes such a difference, doesn't it, Moira? Three charming images, without that light they would have meant nothing. Carol
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
2 Jan 2013 9:33AM
Great photos Moira !! I like the sunlight on the bare trees Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:57AM
Three images which allow you mind to open and your eyes see...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Herge88 11 40 4 England
2 Jan 2013 10:00AM
Good quality light in this set, version three for me.

Best Matt
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
2 Jan 2013 10:40AM
Lovely set Moira; I like the layers in V1, but V2 is my favourite with that great background.
Tibetan 5 3 England
2 Jan 2013 10:44AM
V2. for me on this one Moira, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
2 Jan 2013 10:52AM
Some nice subtle colour coming through Moira.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
2 Jan 2013 11:20AM
v3 for me
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 11:36AM
Glad to see a couple of votes for V3. We examined these closely and V2 is a tad sharper on the seed head, but I do like the background in V3. It's interesting how just moving a few cm creates a whole new pattern.
Thanks everyone. Going through the Gallery it's good to see that a lot of people were out taking advantage of the light yesterday. We are back to grey drizzle today.
RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 11:54AM
V2 for me Moira
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
2 Jan 2013 12:40PM
You so rarely do nature shots that it is a total treat when you do.
V2 is fantastic!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Jan 2013 1:00PM
can't decidee between 2 or 3, both are exquisitely focused . The light is delightful!
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
2 Jan 2013 1:28PM
Cold, cold evening light Moira - just wonderful tones in all of these.

I've been going back and forth between v2 and v3 - I think V3 is my favorite. The background is a tad too busy in v2, although I'm always looking for this kind of bokeh in my floral images.

I think v3 might want to be on its own in the gallery........

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 1:40PM
Happy new year MoiraSmile Glad your heating seems to be sorted. V3 then V2 are my favourites.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
2 Jan 2013 1:52PM
Moira, lovely images from your New Year's Day Walk, spent my afternoon watching the sunset on the Stade Smile
I think I'll go for V3 as my fave' here, I just like the slightly darker background!

HNY to you and Bill!

Sarah x
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
2 Jan 2013 2:15PM
You caught well the glorious light of the winter sun in all the three images, Moira. However, if I am to prefer one, it'd be V3.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 4:29PM
Yes, I'm going with v3 too Moira. As I was scrolling down and everybody was going with v2 I was beginning to think there was something I was missing and kept going back to v2 to compare, but was still convinced it was v3 for me. It's so interesting how we see things differently. And, finally some of the late comers have voted for v3 too.
Just going back for another comparison... Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
2 Jan 2013 4:37PM
Really lovely. V1 definitely. I like nicely lit tree trunks. Smile
Shame about having to stay in though on the only sunny day for months. Mind you, we were visiting relatives so I didn't get a chance to get out with the camera at all. Sad
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 4:50PM
Back home after some urgent business in Newcastle - thanks again everyone, and I've come down in favour of V3 getting its own upload tomorrow. Anne has summed it up perfectly, V2 is just a bit too busy.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Jan 2013 5:21PM
Lovely shots, Moira...and sunshine too! Wink V3 has to be my fave, beating V2 into second place Smile
Trev Smile
2 Jan 2013 5:24PM
A lovely set Moira, but V3 is awesome!!!

John Smile
2 Jan 2013 6:00PM
A lovely set. I do like v3
2 Jan 2013 6:03PM
Typical wintry colours, Moira!SmileTongue
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 6:14PM
Version 3 for me Moira.

We went for a walk down Cold Nap beach in the sunshine yesterday morning. (Yes the sun came out for about half an hour before disappearing and hasn't been seen since)Sad

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:41PM
v3 for me as well - gorgeous light Moira
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:53PM
Nice capture of the trees in V1, i see you are branching out to nature shots Grin , Peter..
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1911 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:55PM

Quote:i see you are branching out to nature shots

I'll photograph anything! I'm still dropping hints for a local calendar girls (or boys) project... Wink
It's V3 for tomorrow.
Cheers everyone,
2 Jan 2013 10:04PM
Great set, V3 for me. Don
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
2 Jan 2013 10:14PM
windblown no 2 for me!

I like your branching out.. or is it grassing out Smile
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
3 Jan 2013 4:16AM
V3 for me. Beautiful light and love the b/g......Sandy
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
3 Jan 2013 7:38AM
#2 for bokeh
#3 for negative space

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
3 Jan 2013 7:39AM
#2 for bokeh / #3 for negative space
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 6:02PM
Wonderful... Love V2.... IB
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 151 16 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 5:23PM
V2 is my favorite.Smile


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