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Silhouette

By DRicherby
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.

Tags: Sunset Sky Blue General Tree Silhouette Orange Flowers and plants

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Comments


19 Apr 2010 6:21PM
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 7 2 2 England
19 Apr 2010 6:31PM
Still made a stunning silhouette. Well Done.
cassiecat 7 39 46 England
19 Apr 2010 6:39PM
looks good to me.lesley
mark1309 9 13 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 7:13PM
Nice shot and a great write up,
Mark.
Nicely taken silhouette, well done indeed
Tony
19 Apr 2010 8:01PM
Beautiful lighting making a great image

Mike
Mynett 7 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 8:03PM
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
gingerdelight 9 298 11 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 9:43PM
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
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 10:01PM
I was going to guess it was an oak, too, Carol. Smile

Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments!
borrower 6 4 England
19 Apr 2010 10:16PM
Its an Oak for me too maybe.... Superb sihouette and sunset beautifully taken and presented, excellent.
Louise
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 10:50PM
Well, if three of us think it's maybe an oak, then it's definitely maybe an oak!
baclark 6 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 11:06PM
Me too it's an oak! Super shot even if you did get muddy!
Barbara
EAS 6 1 13 Scotland
20 Apr 2010 3:42AM
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
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 6:37AM
Lovely tones and I like the silhouettes.

regards
Yung
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 7:18AM
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.
xwang Plus
6 32 7
20 Apr 2010 9:39AM
I really love this beautiful tree.Excellent silhouette , with warm and clod contrast beautiful colours.
xiaoli
20 Apr 2010 10:30AM
You cant get much better than this
So simple but so nice
Bigtoe 7 7 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 1:06PM
Aren't trees brilliant subjects. Worth the effort I think. Tony.
imagio 9 12 1 England
20 Apr 2010 3:15PM
Great exposure and balance...

Bernie
20 Apr 2010 5:30PM
Looks like an Oak shape, David, beautifully silhouetted against that sunset,
lovely image,
Adrian
20 Apr 2010 6:18PM
Wonderful silhouette, love the colour of the sky.
madbilly 7 1 4 England
20 Apr 2010 7:19PM
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
jonrayner 8 8 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 8:20PM
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
colmar 8 42 35 Scotland
20 Apr 2010 8:37PM
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
TerryMcK Plus
7 71 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 9:41PM
A simple but nery effective image, Dave. Lovely graduated colour tones, too.
Terry
Paree 10 616 3
20 Apr 2010 10:40PM
magic
sparklep 9 146 1
20 Apr 2010 10:42PM
Really nice silhouette and lovely colours.
astyag 8 12
20 Apr 2010 11:35PM
What a superb silhouette! powerful image well done
Astyag
21 Apr 2010 12:00PM
This is a well thought out image and well composed. The balance of colour is superb. The detail is wonderful. Lovely silhouette David
Carol
AnneWorner Plus
8 620 43 United States
21 Apr 2010 5:03PM
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
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2010 5:19PM
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.
ironman 6 1
21 Apr 2010 5:43PM
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.
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
21 Apr 2010 5:51PM
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
21 Apr 2010 5:59PM
Eyjafjallajökull,its so easy to pronause,Team-Mate
User_Removed 7 1 8 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2010 6:33PM
Superb, Dave.

Al.
AnneWorner Plus
8 620 43 United States
21 Apr 2010 7:23PM

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.
maggie9 7 45 2 Scotland
21 Apr 2010 7:45PM
absolutely gorgeous!

maggie
MickS 11 23 14 England
21 Apr 2010 8:19PM
Watcha David,
excellent additions, especially, A walk in the country, and that trio of Under-foot, oh, and of course, the cat.
best
Mick
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2010 8:27PM
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.
excellent capture dave,super tones.ray
RTDS 7 Cyprus
22 Apr 2010 3:53PM
Simply Beautiful image.
This one i like a lot.
Well done.
Robert
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
23 Apr 2010 7:48PM
Well worth laying on the floor and the colour in the sky is beautiful. - gary
23 Apr 2010 8:47PM
Excellent image and pastel colours.
Christine
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
26 Apr 2010 7:14PM
a beauty
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
27 Apr 2010 3:46PM
Lovely presentation Dave, lovely color and silhouette,
Geoff.
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
2 May 2010 3:05PM
"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
videotec 7 8 United Kingdom
13 May 2010 6:26PM
Got to the Oak Tree--me thinks---Super capture and presentation
Pete
rkarthick 5 2 Canada
17 Aug 2010 5:04PM
This is picture perfect Smile
10 Sep 2010 1:19AM
Well done.
15 Oct 2010 9:52PM
Lovely shot. Smile
6 Nov 2010 8:40AM
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
smartbox 6 1 2 United States
30 Dec 2012 7:02PM
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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