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Nearly There

Nearly There
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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: 2007-12-20
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/11, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-20 10:10
Viewed: 3249
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

this was taken this morning, whilst i was driving through the New Forest at sunrise, hunting for photo opportunities and looking for Deer. The latter were not forthcoming unfortunately, but this backlit tree drew my eye as i passed by so i thought i'd try to capture it.

It's only 2 days now until the hours of daylight slowly start increasing in length and the sun stays with us a little longer each day.

Here's a little about the Earth and it's yearly journey through our solar system..

Our planet takes just over 365 days to orbit the Sun – the basis of our calendar year.
The Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees.
This means that different parts of the globe receive varying amounts of sunlight during the year, creating the seasons.

Day and night:

Imagine a rod going from the north pole through the centre of the Earth and out of the south pole. Over the course of 24 hours, the planet spins once around this central rod or 'axis'. When we're facing the Sun, the sky is light and it's daytime. Then we turn away from the Sun and it's night.

Years and seasons:

The Earth takes 365.24 days to move around the Sun once and end up back in the same position. This is the basis of our calendar year. The extra 1/4 day is added every four years to make a leap year of 366 days. After 100 years the calendar and the true position of the Earth/Sun is in error by 1/4 day, therefore there is only a leap year at the turn of a century if the number is divisible by 400. e.g. 1900 was not a leap year but 2000 was.

We divide the year into seasons. Many people think that some parts of the year are hotter because we're nearer to the Sun. But the real reason is that the Earth is tilted at an angle relative to the Sun.

Handheld, shot in RAW, curves, converted to JPEG, reszied and sharpened

Thanks for looking

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Hello Paul,
What an amazing landscape shot you present here!!
I love this photo very much!!
Wonderful lights and colours here, with perfect exposure.
Also, I can see the very lovely composition & POV.
Well captured and TFS,
Best wishes,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-20 10:20]

Hello paul !
I saw almost the same this morning, when I was driving to work - but I didn't have my camera with me... You were better than me ! :-) I really like this picture. The light and colors are splendid, and I like the shape of this huge naked tree standing against the sky. Its shadow is nice too, as well as the mysterious atmosphere of early morning. I canalmost feel the cold by just looking at your picture. Very well done !

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-20 10:29]

Hi Paul, you found the perfect shot, rendered beautifully with magnificent exposure on the lights and darks, beautiful winter light and colours. Perspective and the shadow wonderful. Beautiful composition.
ps: did you have all three filters on at once?

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-20 10:57]

Hi Paul,
Fantastic capture! Amazing clarity and beautiful light!
nice POV and composition
Great work!
Regards, Dejan

Hi Paul,
Excellent light.
Absolutelly fantastic exposure!
Congrat and TFS

Hello Paul
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Great lighting, composition and POV,
Superb shot.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-20 11:43]

Hi Paul. Just got home so a quick note for now to say great shot. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-20 11:53]

Buenas Noches Paul,
efectivo pov,
hermosa escena composición y bg.
genial iluminación...
saludos amigo

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-12-20 12:17]

Hi Paul!

You had a very beautiful and intense sunrise this morning. I would like to thank you to share it with us. The light is marvellous, the tree so powerful, I'm sure it became a good day for you.

This is the kind of picture that awakes emotions, it's sensual and beautiful.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-20 13:17]

Hello Paul,
Great composition depicting a silhouted oak against the early morning sun resulting in a great shadow on the frosty field. Superb light management to result in just the right brightness. We long for the sun.....
and thank you for this compensation!
Best wishes, Ivan

Yeah!!!! 2 more days. I am ready!

Wow... see, that lens can take subjects other than magnificent coast lines. This is a super silhouette! I also love the long shadow leading the eye to the tree. Nice work. Where did you place the ND grad line? You are clever.

TFS & happy Solstice.

Evelynn : )

I am just now in the process of getting my readers to think winter as we enter the solstice. I do that as in addition to updating the earthquake users group I have had since 1992...and we talk about these moon and season changes so much...have it all down to a science...where it started:-)

I love your tree image. It is something I would do....Very good detail and such...even on my new fancy monitor...Xmas came early.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-20 16:44]

Bonjour Paul,

Extraordinaire et superbe.
Félicitations et merci.

G'day Paul
Beautiful image. Excellent exposure and DOF. Well done! Too cold for me sorry
TFS Paul

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-20 20:03]

Hello Paul

What a stunning shot,very effective with lovely lighting and shadows.
The composition is well thought out.
The focus and details are excellent
Lovely natural colours.
I always joked that the solstice in Winter was my favourite day of the year,and as an optimist each day gets longer after that...I guess it is looking at the glass half full as opposed to half empty.LOL


hi paul,
very good photo with lighting behind the tree. very good exposure and colours. tfs.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-20 22:30]

Hi Paul, A very effective view looking straight into the sun and well managed to get the long shadow as it appears. A very dramatic photo with an excellent note. TFS. Murray.

Hello Paul,
This is trully a great composition with excellent lighting and shadow!
perfect exposure and focus with total sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done and my compliment!
many thanks

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-21 1:45]

G'day Paul!
You have such an eye to spot a beautiful photo such as this!
The shadow is magnificent!
Very good clarity and superb sharpness.
Vibrent and rich colours and absolutely perfect lighting.
Great composition and low-down POV.
Very well done,

p.s following on from what Debz said: are all three filters on at once? If so, surely the clarity would be significantly worse than without the filters. But the clarity in this photo is still astonishing!

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-21 6:42]

Paul Hello,

A photo is pretty precious composition and tones congratulations.
Greetings Jose

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-21 6:54]

Hello Paul,
Brilliant capture of this beautiful tree silhouette against the light. I like the long shadow and the low POV. Wonderful colours and a very fine composition. Well done!
Not long now!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Dear Paul,
Someone could say: this is just a notmal tree! But even if it is a "normal tree" you made here an artistic photograph! It is really amazing like "simple idea" + good photographer can work together! I really do not like to write some things again and again - but here it is necessary and moreover nothing less can be written - you are the professionalist in 100%!
Thank you for showing normal things in very special and unique ways!
Best greetings from white Lodz (it was - finally snowing today :>)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-21 10:23]

Hi Paul

Just before my internet connection failed some 3 days ago, i was watching some really impressive landscapes...and this photo reminds me of those :)
It's in these types of photos that i see also the benefits of an ultra wide angle lens plus some good filters... You really use all of these elements superbly and the result is fantastic!
Great view of this backlight tree and wonderful shadow on the groud too. Splendid composition with the two and exceptional exposure control on the sky that darkens so beautifully towards the upper border.
Bravo and keep going out! I see you have some nice weather from time to time but even of not, i'm sur you can do great things ;)

Cheers and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-21 11:26]

Hello Paul,
Your seascapes are top notch in my eyes, but this landscape is flippin amazing. Great job all the way around in my opinion, this is a keeper into my favorites she goes. Thanks for sharing Paul.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-21 13:03]

Hello Paul,
I'm sorry my friend, don't have a lot of time today
so, congratulations for capturing a superb picture.
Very well done..


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-22 14:16]

Hi Paul

Wow this is stunning. I have been trying to capture winter but you have managed to get it spot on! I love the shadow and you have managed the light wonderfully. Beautiful image



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-25 7:42]

Hi Paul.
Where is snow in your places in December? However, morning is really wonderful as well as the picture of this morning view. Great use backlight, superb and precise exposure. DOF and details are ultimate. Colour palette is fine. Bravo and best wishes. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Hi Paul,
Once again very good light, compo and depth...
Well done!

Hi Paul,
This photo got me a bit inspired. The time of season is pefect for using the sun this way. I did try to copy the idea last saturday, but with a result not even close to this beauty.
I like the way this photo has a feel of cold and warmth and has a touch of mistery. This surely is an awesome looking tree, and your creative idea made it look even better.

Hi Paul, fascinating shadow of wonderful great tree in the snow, I'm so sorry that I cannot add your splendid backlight in my preferite, but I'm full, I like a lot, BRAVO, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Paul,

What a mighty shot. The contrast between the naked tree (branches) and the coming sun on the BG is splendid. It's shadow (tree) is nice too. You have created a mysterious atmosphere of early morning.

I use 3 words: Absolutelly fantastic exposure. Interesting notes. Thanks for that

Best wishes. Regards and TFS BOB

hello paul,
beautiful shot & beutiful tree too, perfect exposure . i am sure you got a lot of shot a few minute ater this shot, surely wonderful, can feel the shadow move on you.


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