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Cold Winter

Cold Winter
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-21
Categories: Trees, River, Sky
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 17-85 USM IS
Exposure: f/22, 1/12 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-22 13:12
Viewed: 4049
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The strange colours are not to do with any PP work. This was taken yesterday morning at Arundel. There was a hard frost and dense freezing fog. The sky had a strange pinkish tone which was enhanced by the ND Grad. My filters had ice forming on them within minutes of coming out of the bag. I know the sun is quite bright but I liked the cold white sun.

Sorry I haven't participated much lately, I am off work for a few days now so I can catch up

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Hello Karan
This is lovely and does to my eye truly represent in colours the cold foggy frosty mornings that we have had lately...you have some fantastic silhouettes here with sun back lighting the scene.
To me this is top work and truly representative of our current weather climate.
Best Regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-22 13:57]

Hola Karan,
bello panorama y detalles hermosos,
perfecto ambiente y color,
buenos reflejos,

Una fabulosa imagen que parece en blanco y negro.
Bello encuadre y estupendos tonos.
Mis mejores deseos para tí y los tuyos en estas fechas tan señaladas, JL.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-22 14:31]

Hi Karan,

This was really worth waiting for. I got the chills just looking at it. A wonderful winter scene with so many fine elements. The unusual sky, the sun shining thru, the tall tree and the river running thru it are wonderful.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-22 16:07]

Bonjour Karan,

Très jolie photo,l'éclairage est très partculier et l'enndroit est mysterieuse.



Hello Karan,
This is trully a beautiful winter scenery well waiting for to enjoy!
great perspective in the whole captured with good low pov in depth, sharpness, awesome colouration and details
the reflection just awesome and add big bonus in the composition!
I loved this one very much
my best wishes goes to you

Dura y fantástica imagen Karan, donde la luz y los colores son protagonistas ya que están tratados de manera genial. Un excelnte primer plano que contrasta muy bien con el resto de la toma. Excelente trabajo.
Un abrazo y Feliz Navidad ( Merry Christmas )
J. Ignasi Tejedor

Hello Karan,
The typical, fine atmosphere is well recorded!
Everything is covered with frozen moist and the ice on the pond is beginning to form...
Great composition, well balanced and with sharp fine details!
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-23 0:42]

Hi Karan,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you.
Outstanding sunrise shot with such glorious colours and sharp details. Very interesting FG and the distant tree gives a fabulous effect and feel to the image. Great view. Excellent POV to capture this magnificent scenery and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Karan, fascinating composition with splendid light and wonderful colors, romantic atmosphere, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan,
this atmosphere is wonderful, I love the warm light in contrast to the cold motive. Perfect shot, thanks and Merry Christmas
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-23 2:07]

Hi Karen, you are really excelling in taking beautiful landscape shots. This one is really stunning and I would say you have a very natural talent with these shots. The range of light and colour in this scene are wonderful, the frosted reeds in the foreground are perfect and the reflection in the water superb all topped off my the hazy, but colourful, sun in the morning sky. A beautiful compositon and all is pin sharp. It is a prize winner composition. Happy Holidays

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-23 3:00]

Incredible image Karan!
The freezing temperature is brought across so well with the frost-covered ground and cool lighting.
Amazing colours that are very vibrent but the thing is that they're natural so it makes them even more amazing!
Superb sillouhette as well.
Great composition and interest.
Well done!
Best wishes,

Merry Christmas!!!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-23 3:23]

Hi Karan,
It is a moody and such a beautiful photo! I liked the light and the color tones a lot. Your POV, and composition are very good. Very well done on the exposure handling too.
Best wishes,

Maravillosa imagen invernal.Feliz navidad

Hello Karan,
splendid art work, DOF is just great, very nice composition with wonderfull colors
Merry Christmas and have a wonderfull new year,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-23 8:43]

Hi Karen. Good to see you enjoy your time off two more days yet for me. we had the same sort of sky today about 8am quite odd looking at that time of day.
Your shot of the Small river would make a good picture for a card. so much fine detail with good use of the light. well done TFS.
I will be back PT.
Lets hope for some bright weather so we can get out and take some shots may out with paulH .

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-23 8:46]

Hi Karan,
what a great mood you've caught here, i love the colour of that sky. The foreground is very well chosen with those crisp, icey looking dead grasses giving heaps of detail and the strip of water adds some lovely colour where its needed too. A classic winters scene, well done.

A very merry christmas and a great New Year to you :op)


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-23 10:52]

Hi Karan.
First of all thank you for your contribution during this year and my heart wishes to you in coming year. Merry Christmas.

The colour palette is really unusual and fine. I am impressed with shooting technique. Excellent exposure parameters and so impressive result. Great details and razor sharpness of the image, pleasant delicate colour passages. Amazing mirror reflections. Bravo and kind regards.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-23 11:16]

Hello Karan

Wow,what a wonderful mood and atmosphere you have created here with the lighting and colour.
I love the composition ,with the barren tree in the background.
The frost covered scene with icy fog is beautiful.
Very good POV and DOF.
An artistic shot masterfully done.


Hi Karen,

I like this picture. It looks great, you really get the sense of cold of the winter.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-23 13:43]

Hi Karan

I am soon to receive my Cokin ND grads and i've very much looking forward to be able to shoot things like so :)
A very nice and moody picture, with a heavy atmosphere and rather simple colors (not in the bad way). I like it.
I really like its composition - with the careful placement of the tree, the crossing of the stream and the terrific FG elements that really have a unique texture. Very well thought of!
Nice work!

Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays!

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-12-24 4:38]

Hi Karan,
This is very lovely. I like the warm pink colours of the sky to go with the cold scene.
Very compo and pov with a great reflection of the light in the water.
TFS and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Hola Karan,
Hermosa composición con unas luces y colores fantásticos. Que tengas unas felices fiestas y un año nuevo con mucha felicidad. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Hi Karan,
I'm very impressed but this POV and composition. Colors are stunning too. You chose excellent exposure settings, this is so well done; an inspiring beauty to see! My Best Wishes,

Hi Karan,
I don't think the sun is too bright at all. This is how I see the sun these days as well. The pink sky is really beautiful and adds a warm feeling to this already wonderful photo. The idea of having the dead frosted reet as a foreground element would have never crossed my mind. I like the shape of the old tree and the soft reflection in the didge.

Simply put: OUTSTANDING.
Very warm greetings from COLD COLD Calgary.

Hi Karan

It seems that you got some stunning pictures of the sunrises and sunsets just before Christmas as well! I too was taking pictures of this sunrise, but it was much foggier where I was and I have yet to post any pictures of it. The Thursday was a better day where I was, but I was driving to work and had not made any arrangements to be late in that day!

What do I like about this picture. The composition is stunning, the foreground is excellent and the the use of the single tree in the hedgerow is inspiring.


Hello Karan,

This must be a very cold day. The whole composition -- sun back lighting, hard frost, dense freezing fog and hoarefrost -- makes this title realy true. A very special atmosphere, it opens up. A beautiful winterlandscape. Have a nce day and TFS BOB

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