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Damp Green Ireland

Damp Green Ireland
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Trees, River
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-07 7:42
Viewed: 4906
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot in the grounds of the hotel I stayed in just outside Galway. I quite like the way the branches have a green 'thrusting' quality to them. This sort of scene - green, mossy, twisty branches is fairly common in coastal areas of Cornwall, Wales and Western Scotland. It is the result of strong winds, heavy rainfall and relatively mild temperatures.

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Thanks for this serene patch of nature in myriad greens James, I can almost hear the wisperings of that brook from here. TFS this fine scene my friend.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-07 7:56]

Hi James,
Lovely landscape.Well seen and composed.I liked especially POV very much.
Thanks for posting.

Hello James,

I love it! It is just like a shot that I took in The Lake District! The branches are gnarled and twisted and reaching out like thin arms.
The tones of green linked with the odd patch of winter debris, is very appealing. Lovely composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

pl :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-05-07 9:03]
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Hi James

A splendid looking place and an absolutely gorgeous subject depicted here - that moss covered tree.
I really like the composition here and all the colors and temperatures in the scene - the cold water and the warm rays of sun, with a lovely layer of green tones in between.
I don't know one thing though: why did you chose to use only f/2.8? A bigger DOF would have been useful i think and it would have created a nice long shutter speed effect on the flowing water. Or is it that you didn't have any tripod on you? :)
Anyway, lovely work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-07 10:20]

Hi James,

A beautiful shot of the brook and all the lovely greens. No green or water here so for me this is a special treat. The moss covered branch is a wonderful focal point. I must get to Ireland, Scotland and Wales some day.


Hello James,
Many thanks for sharing the landscape from Ireland with it's natural beauty!
I also loved the twisted branches with moss on them with the running water, I will same take this shot!
the exposure and focus is masterful controlled here
well done
take care and best regards

Hi James

Cracking shot, reminds me of some of the places in the New Forest that are hidden well away. The shot is almost Tolkien like with the tales that can be imagined from the trees leading you into the background and beyond.
Top o the morning to you sir.

Hi James,

This is very familiar to me, I used to live in Devon for so time. The reason everything is so green is simply that it rains 3 times a day... Very nice composition, contrast, POV, lighting and natural colours.



Hallo James
Time is limited at the moment but I could not pass without leaving a few words of appreciation for your posting. Ireland might be damp but this is a lovely scenario. It reminds me a lot of the kind of scenes that the artist Jim Warren would use in his paintings, especially the ones where there are some fairies and elves hidden in the trees. The green moss on the tree branches is really something special and the whole "green" landscape creates a feeling of mystery and unpredictableness. A place where Hansel and Gretal would want to hide away.(I hope I can remember all these children's stories one day to share with my grandchildren) Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-07 12:20]

Hi James. This picture looks unreal. Its so beautiful. Just as you would like to see a river. so much moss must mean clean air. good detail and colours. well done TFs.
You must let us know when you come down to Dorset i work near the ave in wesbourne.

What a beautifull scene consisting so many elements James. All details are conribute the shot in excellent way my friend. TFS.


very intense image, lots going on there, so it's very good that you have just focused on the gnarly branches as a priority, this does give it a "subject" that ties in the rest of the image nicely. good work, regards h

It has a Shannon-esque appearance to it:-) You are in Ireland after all..I do have an airport, city and river...and only a handful of relatives. It is on my list.. I could look at images like this all day...and if not in person, then in imagination....'Tis Green! Sir James I dub thee Her Majesties Official Photographer of Ross Lake!!
Bob still studying the ancient ones...moving in groups I knew....connections to celts..I personally think might be stronger than many know...but my notions are always very enigmatic..

Hello James. I like the mossy green branches with the freshness of the flowing water. The dark and light hues in this composition and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

hello James

i love yoiur image of the stream surrounded by the green vegetations,
fine POV and DOF great sharpness and details,
Ireland it is a dream destination for me, TFS


Hi James,
A nice deep jungle view from Ireland. Excellent composition and very nice colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-08 2:17]

Hello James, A real worth shot showing the forest and its broken branches. Nice shot and good composition. Ganesh

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-08 4:46]

Hello James, splendid landscape shot from Ireland. TFS. Regards,

Hello James, great landscape capture and composition. TFS. Greetings,

Hi James,
Very nice composition of this landscape, but I agree with Horia,would have been even better with a longer exposure with a tripod

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-08 7:23]

Excellent shot, James!
I love the lush-green moss and leaves.
Brilliant clarity and sharpness.
The composition is great too.
Gorgeous light.
Very well done!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-08 15:04]

Hi James,
Splendid shot of this place and the mossy branches, green cover and the flowing stream combine to look majestic and so tropical. I can even small the atmosphere from here. Great colours and details with perfect lighting. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-05-08 21:33]

Hi James!

You show us a delightful piece of untouched nature. I like the overall atmosphere in your picture very much.It remembers me the upper part of my favourite river Ärgera near my home where the whole upper watercourse is almost untouched and wild. These are very interesting and important natural spots and should be preserved as they are.

Kind regards


Hello james,
very nice scene from nature of Ireland. Natural biotop looks very nice. its shot also great. Thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-09 8:20]

Hello James,
This scene reminds me of my week in Ireland a long time ago. This is a great capture of the mossyness and dampness set in a fine composition with the stream. It is interesting to note the Rhododendron ponticum, a species that was introduced and has run riot to the detriment of the native flora and fauna.
TFs sharing this nostalgic image (for me)

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