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From Paul - to Paul

From Paul - to Paul
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-12
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, Abstract Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-30 7:31
Viewed: 3918
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Paul Prince (PDP)is one of my biggest inspirations here one TN, and it was his photos that tempted me into ever trying on some abstract shots. I strongly recommend any photographer, especially the newer ones, to look at his portfolio…they might learn something from it.

I took this picture about 2 weeks ago, on a very wet and grey day. I was out in my yard and wanting to photograph something new, i saw the moss on top of the barn...yes, on the roof. It's not a high roof, but still it's a bit tricky to photograph something on it :) Anyway, as i approached it i saw some fallen oak leaves and i remembered this post of Paul's. I tried all sort of compositions not to imitate that one too much, but unfortunately it's indeed maybe a bit too similar...sorry about that.

Recently, Paul had offered to help me with something and feel in his dept. I though the least i can do is dedicate a photo to him :) Thank you my friend for everything!

Hope you’ll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 48mm
Shutter Speed: 1.6 sec
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -1
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 400
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 4 PM
Weather conditions: overcast

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hello horia,
lovely dedication to paul, he will be pleased to see a shot which reflects his own style, i liked the composition very much, excellent dof, beautiful natural shades, the dew drops on the dry leaf look beautiful, nice framing too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Horia,
Beautiful colors of the environment and nice sharp droplets of water on the dry leaf.
Very well captured my friend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-30 8:11]

Hello Horia,
your abstract shots are definately improving! This is simple but excellent.
+++ Excellent clarity that keeps the droplets shining. Very sharp with lots of detail. I really like the composition and POV. Perfect DOF. Great lighting aswell.
--- Nothing :D
I lovely dedication to Paul :)
Well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-30 8:46]

Hi Horia.
I welcome your desire to photograph and once more photograph. I understand you very well. I like your extreme use equipment (including tripod). Exposure parameters are amazing. It is clear that to get large DOF from short distance with wide angle zoom lens is so difficult. You have done all what is needs and you have got excellent shot. Perfect details and sharpness and very nice colours, impressive darks and light leave tips of the moss. My kind regards and TFS. Well job.

Hello Horia,

It is all to your honor to try to bring that kind of artistic art within your picture... You're right PDP's picture are wonderful! And this one deserves the same comment! I really like the vertical compo you use here... I like the opposition between the life moss and the "dead" leaf... The water on it brings life also to the picture!

Very well done and TFS!


Hello Horia,
Good composition and dedication indeed!
It's a big contrast between the green and the lone dried leaf with waterdrops, and it's beautiful to me!
good clarity, nice colouration and details
well done and well pleased
best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-30 10:53]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful simple capture of this wet leaf resting on the mosses. It is similar to but still very different from Paul's capture. I like both very much. Good light and very sharp details of the leaf with droplets.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Horia

This is a beautiful shot. Very artistic. Great 3D effect you have achieved. I particularly like the contrast between the leaf and its surroundings! Congrats... :-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-30 11:13]

Hi Horia

AN elegant composition with beautiful detail and muted colours. The droplets are excellent.


Hi Horia,
As I see during last days you are mixing "classic" and "artistic" photos :) Nice idea and really good effect - as for me ;)
I like details and composition of this photo. Also contrast between leaf and the rest of picture.
Really good job!
Best withes to you and Paul who help you in finding a "new point of view" ;)

Hi Horia,
The funny thing is that the same photo inspired me to the more abstract photos as well. Maybe not in a consious way, but sub-consious I have always been looking for the perfect bed of moss and a oak leave. So far I've found plenty of moss, plenty of leaves but not the perfect one.
Yours is certainly wonderful. The water drops on the leave adds a wonderful touch to the entire photo. The patches of moss, the dark tones, the perfect DOF and the fine details all show a technical perfect photo. But the feel to the photo is even more important, if not the most important aspect of photography. And this photo has an awesome feeling.

Wonderful work and a wonderful dedication to a great person and great photographer.


P.S. added to the theme

hello oria
comme quoi une simple feuille peut donné un bon resultat, joli avec ces gouttes d'eau, bonne netteté, bravo et merci

Salut Horia,
O imagine simpla, dar foarte frumoasa, cu o compozitie excelenta . O dedicatie super.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-30 15:27]

Hola Horia,
preciosa composición,
bonita temática y pov...
saludos amigo.

Hi Horia,
This is nice, and yet there feels to me as if something is missing. In Paul's similar post the image is sharp throughout which would be the natural way the eye would see something close by. I think this is particularly important in the immediate foreground. His also has a red leaf on a green background. Those are complementary colors and therefore make each other stronger. In your image the leaf with its water drops is wonderfully sharp, but I feel it is kind of lost in a bed of mostly out of focus greenery. Your moss doesn't have the same strong repeating pattern as Paul's background. If this were my image I would want the leaf to make a stronger statement, and to do that I would crop out some of the OOF green. I tried a workshop. All this isn't as easy as it looks, is it? : )

Evelynn : )

Oh my gosh. It is how I started 6 plus months ago on TN...a simple start of a simple leaf, yet so...doggone it..I cannot think of the word...in Taoist terms..it simply is. And in Taoism, what is, is the birth of ten thousand things.!

Well done - I might try this one as well, PDP photo looks great..excellent composition and colours. Lovely work

Hello Horia,
Beautiful image...
Especially in terms of 'your' compo.
Well done

Hi Horia,
I need to learn photographing this artistic picture. You've done very well I think. :-)
Outstanding POV and composition with excellent details and vivid colours, well presented and framed as well.
Very well done, my friend :)
Best wishes, Kevin

Hello Horia,

Nice shot, and a nice piece of art. It's good to see people doing more than take pictures of beasts and landscapes, and it's a good way to learn about photography and to really understand about things like pov and dof and they're a critical part of what you're trying to achieve rather than simply being a consequence of taking a picture (where you're relying on luck more than enything else). This is an example of very good technique and a good picture is the result.

Kind regards,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-31 15:38]

Wonderful composition Horia, very well blanced with a perfect exposure and lots of details. Very very good ! Thanks,


Hi Horia, simple and elegant composition with splendid warm colors and excellent sharpness, I like lovely drops on leaf, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-01 1:28]

Hi Horia,
Just marking this wonderful post from you for now and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an urgent assignment.

Hi Horia,
It's amazing the endless possibilities of photography!
I found so interesting and appealing this presentation.
The lonely leaf and the drops over it catch immediately the attention and drove the eye to it.
The presence of only one leaf breaks the uniformity of the green moss all around, and makes of it an interesting moment.
So good you post it and thanks for it.
Warm regards,

Hello Horia. I missed so many of your last posts recently and it might be due to the fact that I’m not used to the fact that you are back posting more often :) ... This is a superb picture with very nice composition, colors and details. Clarity is amazing and you used a very interesting exposure. This is well seen and well done! Thanks,


Your take of the world from a different view tickles me greatly. Well played !


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-05 11:26]

Hi Horia

You do some lovely nature abstracts. I remember Paul's shot and this is a lovely homage to it. Stunning textures and very well composed.



Hi Horia,
Great tribute to Paul's skill & experience as a photographer. A pleasing and artfully executed composition :)
Very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-07 19:26]

Hello Horia

I know the shot you are honouring and you have captured the essence.
They say that mimicking is one of the highest forms of flattery.
Nicely composed with excellent sharpness and focus.


Hello Horia,
Well captured details in this macro leaf!
The nice patterns in the leaf itself is nicely enhanced by the droplets, and the moss makes a great background...
A well balanced composition with a fine feeling of depth!
Pablo -

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