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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: 2006-12-21
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 17-85 USM IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-21 13:26
Viewed: 3661
Points: 40
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I mentioned to Niek (Suntoucher) that I would try a landscape today...and then I woke up to a heavy freezing fog where you couldn't see more than 100 yards in front of you, let alone a nice view. Ever the optimist I set off early anyway and I did manage to capture a couple of shots during patches in the fog. I'm not a landscape expert but I thought I would try and post the results for critiques. The sky here looks very white but that was the heavy fog.

Winter Facts from Wikipedia:
Time period of winter
Astronomically, it starts with the winter solstice (around December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere), and ends with the spring equinox (around March 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and September 21 in the Southern Hemisphere). In meteorology, it is by convention counted instead as the whole months of June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere and December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere.

However, in the United Kingdom and Ireland the winter solstice is traditionally considered as midwinter, the winter season beginning November 1 on All Hallows or Samhain. Winter ends and spring begins on Imbolc or Candlemas, which is February 1 or 2. This system of seasons is based on the length of days exclusively. The three-month period of the shortest days and weakest solar radiation occurs during November, December and January in the Northern Hemisphere (May-July in the Southern).

In Chinese astronomy (and other East Asian calendars), winter is taken to commence on or around November 7, with the Jiéqì known as (立冬 lì dōng, literally "establishment of winter".)

In reality, the three-month period associated with the coldest average temperatures typically begins somewhere in late November or early December in the Northern Hemisphere. If "winter" is defined as the statistically coldest quarter of the year, then the astronomical definition is too late by almost all local climate standards, and the traditional English/Irish definition of November 1 (May 1 in the Southern Hemisphere) is almost always too early to fit this standard. No matter the recogning, winter is the only season that spans two calendar years in the northern hemisphere. (In other words, there are very few temperate climates in which the vernal equinox is on average colder than the winter solstice, and very few temperate climates in which Samhain is colder than Imbolc)

In Sweden, winter is defined by meteorological institute SMHI as the period where average temperature over day/night is steady below 0 degrees C.

jmp, dew77, Juyona, JoseMiguel, SunToucher, pvb, blakitan, jeanpaul, pablominto, horia, Alex99, RAP, metcher, Silvio2006, carper has marked this note useful
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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-21 13:44]

Hi Karan,
If you are not a landscape expert, you were born with this gift! My god, what a lovely landscape! From dark foreground to light background, from herbs to trees, from liquid, solid and fog water,... Wonderful!
Best regard and happy Holidays!
José Miguel

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-21 13:50]

Hello Karan,
Lovely landscape.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked lighting and exposure a lot.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-21 13:51]

Realmente magnífico Karan, que bella panorámica y preciosos tonos... pov excelente y los detalles, un buen trabajo... saludos

Hello Karan,
Your picture really transmits the cold and low temparaures there, with all that freezing fog as you mentioned.
The POV is a really good one, you find a very appropiate patch to shot the camera.
I think this photo has a very nice composition.
Congratulations and happy holidays,

Hi Karan,
This one is really stunning! I love the beautiful warm fall colors and the foggy/forsted BG. This is the kind of landscape I would love to see for my self. Good FG interest with a nice focal point of the lake and a stunning FG.

I hope you enjoyed your first experience with landscape photography and I hope we will see more from you on this subject. Maybe you don't consider yourself an expert, but you know what you are doing and you do it good.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-21 14:52]

Hi Karan,
I think you have done an excellent job here. This is a very nice landscape. The different colours of the branches, grasses and trees are wonderful. Nice depth and fog on the water.
tfs paula

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-12-21 14:56]

Hi Karen,

very nice indeed with a very tricky type of weather to handle, as i found out today! i like the tufts of grass amongst the foliage in the FG, and the faint slope of the hill in the BG completes it.

Brrr it's cold isn't it??


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-12-21 17:11]

Hi Karan,

Beautiful view, nicely captured. Well done on the composition.


Hi Karan,
Lines created by wild grasses at FG is amazingly beautiful. Colors are also great.
I feel like that it will be nicer if you crop upper part of this image slightly [see workshop].
Superb shot.


hi karan,
nice landscape,
well composed,
nice pov,
tfs & regards

Hello Karan,
This is a very attractive composition, where all elements come nicely together!
The foggy atmosphere is great and strong foreground interest gives a nice sense of depth...
Winter colours are well captured!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-22 5:45]

Hi Karan

What a wonderful first-landscape shot from you!
You've really learned a lot from some fellow TN-ers and you've applied those lessons very well.
You may not be an expert right now, but you definately have all the prospects of being one soon :)
The composition here is simply great: i like the detailed grass in the FG (especially those interesting round things), the great centered spot on the lake and the charming misty BG.
The mood is also fantastic - given by the fog and the simply palette of colors, and the exposure is spot-on.
Very well done, indeen!
BTW, if you decide to go for this type of photography, too (and you have all the reasons to do it :) ), you don't have to worry about the bright sky...you'll definately alliminate that problem with a set of ND-grad filters :)

Anyway, conrgatulations and hope to see more :)
Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays

Bonjour Karan
Une excellente photo de ce beau paysage matinal avec son brouillard causé par le froid. .Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo et passe de bonnes fêtes...JP
Les sourires demain

Hello Karan,
This is wonderful! I like the great texture of this image, soft colors, mood, composition and details. You did great with exposure and contrast. This is very nice scenery and I thank you for sharing this beauty! Thanks,

Hola Karan,
Precioso paisaje con la luz y tonalidades otoñales, enhorabuena. Cordiales saludos y felices fiestas

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-22 11:37]

Hi Karan.
Very nice view with excellent rich colours in spite of the winter season. I like yor POV and exact defines DOF: details and sharpness of whole image is perfect. Foggy part of the scene is very expressive too. Nice, pleasant for look landscape. My compliments and TFS.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-22 12:08]

Excelente nota Karan para explicar una maravillosa imagen con gran estética por el POV, por la extraña armonía de los tonos y un apropiado encuadre.
Una presentación no muy habitual para tu portfolio, pero que contiene tu toque especial.
Mis mejores deseos para estas fiestas que se avecinan... Ricardo

Excellent note Karan to explain a wonderful image with great aesthetics for POV, for the stranger harmony of the tones and an appropriate framing.
A presentation not very habitual for your portfolio, but that it contains your special touch.
My best wishes for these holidays that approach... Ricardo

Hi, Karan.
Lovely landscape. Very good exposure. Colors and mood are just excellent. Nice composition also filling all depth with areas of interest. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hi Karan, lovely landscape, wonderful colors, great winter composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-23 2:33]

a very nice country shot Karan,
nice colours, good atmosphere and very good pov, nice landscape, merry Christmas Karan for you and your family.
gr. jaap

Excellent shot. I like the yellow grass in the foreground and the trees in the bg very much. Good composition, and the fog adds to the beauty too.

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