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Winters Approach

Winters Approach
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-11
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 1/10 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 11:52
Viewed: 3735
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This was taken in the grounds of Stourhead House, a huge 18th Century stately home sat in hundreds of acres of woodland and rolling hills in the Dorset countryside. Many very old trees have survived here over the years, despite storms and the need for timber in constructing warships for Britains once vast Royal Navy.
This particular specimen, with the low winters sun shinning on it, struck me as quite a grand sight and even the 10-20mm couldn't fit it all in :o)

We're half way through Novemeber now, and the last of the leaves are clinging to the branches. A few more days of windy weather and the spectacle will be gone for another year.

Handheld, shot in RAW, adjusted curves, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened for TN.

Thanks for looking..

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-14 11:57]

Superb sharpness for such a low shutter-speed while being hand-held.
The lighting is wonderful! I love the way it's lighting up just one side of the tree.
Vivid colours especially in the sky.
A striking reminder that winter is closing in!
Great work Paul.

You have made it into a beautiful painting...the angles are perfect and sky so true. The shadows on the bark add an intricate touch to eh already patterned bark. Then you have the perfect ground cover, perhaps not perfect for a grounds keeper.. but good for the image.

Hi Paul,

stunning beauty in this shot! Wonderful colors and great composition.

Very well done!


Hi Paul, I love this close composition on the outward branches as they fill the frame. The blue sky behind the Autumn tones is very pleasing. Excellent work..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-14 12:41]
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Hi Paul. I have not got to Stourhead this year so it was nice to see your picture pop up.you have captured a fine looking shot of this beautiful place. your colours are so warm with the autuum red and golds. A good pov looking up at the blue sky obove the tree. well done TFS.
PS are you sure its in Dorset !!!

Hello Paul,

What a warm glow is this picture. A perfect autumn composition. A little bit green in BG, and the rest redbrown. A blue sky with a couple of clouds, thats makes this photo almost perfect. The tree in FG make your compo great. POV, BG and DOF are good. Nice job. Regards and TFS BOB

Hello Paul,
this is a very fine picture. Very good framing, great colours and lighting. This is a very good composition. Thank you.

Hope you managed to get there before the leaves all got blown off the branches!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-14 13:35]

Those colours are truly stunning, Paul!
Fabulous PoV and composition

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-14 13:56]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful shot!
Fantastic colors and great details
Regards, Dejan

Hi Paul,
Beautiful fall shot of this tree and the deep blue sky.
Colors are grand.
Wonderfully sharp and well composed

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-14 19:32]

Hello Paul,
What a beautiful palette of colors in this beautiful composition. Great job Paul, Cheers.

The polarizer sure added some richness and saturation to the colors in your image. You have really captured the essence of fall. Isn't it amazing how close you can get to a tree with that lens? It always surprised me.

Evelynn : )

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-14 22:56]

Hello Paul,
Very nice image, I like very much
the different colors of the leaves
all over the place, great POV.. Well done


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-15 0:38]

Nice composition, nice color and detail. Wonderful light. Beautiful picture

Hello Paul,
What a beautiful shot from you!
Super sharp and delicate details and lovely vivid autumn colours here. Wow! Beautiful!
Well presented with excellent composition & POV!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-15 4:33]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding shot with awesome colours and details. Superb lighting and the shadow effect on the tree bark looks fabulous. Perfect exposure. The scene is so striking. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello friend Paul,
Full atmosphere and mood of the coming winter!
the golden sunlight is just awesome on the whole composition indeed!
good sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done

Hello Paul
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Great exposure,composition and POV,
Your hands are steady :o) Superb shot


Hey Paul. This is a bit diffrent. Looks like the snow mightn't be far away there either! Great light and colour. Lovely vertical composition. Nice to see autumn is still hanging on. Hope you have more like this one. Well done my friend.
Best regards, Steve.

hello Paul great light and colours, saturation is fine, details are sharp and a wonderfull composition tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Paul,
Great title and Autumn colors here..Nice details with the deep blue sky above contrasting those Autumn colors well.
Handheld at 1/10th.. You're braver than I am ;}
Nice job & have a great weekend!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-16 7:01]

Hello Paul, that's a fine composition, sharp focus, good POV and great exposure and lovely colors. Well done again ! :-)


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-16 17:45]

Hi Paul, this is a lovely vibrant Autumnal scene. All is so clean and sharp. Wonderul deep colour and tones and a super compositon.

Hi Paul,
It looks like you had some wonderful autumn weather to work with. I haven't seen a blue sky for days and by now all the magnificent of autumn has gone. Love the color contrast in the photo and how you have chosen a low POV to make the tree look massive. I do think you over sharpened the photo a bit.

Hello Paul,
This is a beautiful tree, a tree with a personality!
The subject is well framed, and the autumnal atmosphere is present all over the frame...
Good colour palette and fine details, the blue sky makes a fine background!
Pablo -

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-19 10:04]

Hi Paul

I apparently missed this one from you...better late than never, eh? :)
It's indeed a great picture of this massive oak and being such an old and big one, i'm not surprised it didn't fit in a frame, not even with your UWA lens. It's a very beautiful tree...but still looks about half the size of the one i have in my garden :p (i don't usually brag...but i couldn't resist :))) The one i have in my backyard was planted in 1889).
Anyway, i really like how the picture blends with your note here - especially with the part about the last leaves. The scenery is beautiful here, but it's one of those cases in which the note completes the picture making it stunning. Hard to find that these days.
The late autumn sun really makes the best of the colors here i really like how the tones of the woods looks against that great sky. Very good exposure and composition here as well.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Paul!

It's a beautiful oak situated in a lovely autumnal scenery. The colors therefore are intense and bright, although a lot of them are already on the ground.

I like the low point of view that underlines the impression that dozens of fingers are trying to catch the clouds... or the wires of the electric line, eh?

Kind regards


Hi Paul,
Lovely shot mate - and not a coast in sight!! Stourhead is a great spot, went there last year, and you've captured the essence of autumn beautifully here - the colours are incredible, the vivid blue sky really adds the spark needed to set this scene off. Great composition too, that lens is wonderful!
And all hail the 1/10th handholder god! :-)
Cheers, Doug

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-22 4:54]

Hello Paul,
Somehow I missed this beautiful autumnal picture.
You made a very balanced composition and rendered the beautiful warm autumnal light perfectly. It looks like a most beautiful place.
Thanks and best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-22 7:46]

Hello Paul,
I know Stourhead very well and around the park there are certainly plenty of opportunities for photographers all around the year! This is a lovely capture of this tree in beautiful light. I love the colours and your POV is excellent.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-23 3:50]

Hello Paul,
I seem to have missed out on your latest shots.
I love the feel of late autumn in this one, the rich brown colours on the ground complemented by the almost bare trees and their trunks showing their best in the yellow light. Lovely striking blue sky as a contrast and superb tree shape forming the major part of the composition.
I know Stourhead well: we lived in N. Dorset for while.
Thanks for sharing,
Have a good weekend,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-29 11:45]

Hi Paul

This is a lovely well composed shot in glorious autumn colours. Amazing blue sky



p.s. I'm not posting until I have caught up with everyones photos, time seems to have escaped me lately.

Can't stop..;-)
Good work; framing partially through this big tree. Nice blue sky and lovely foregrond colours.

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