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Whiteleaf Woods

Whiteleaf Woods
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-16
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-16 19:02
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I finally got to try out my new camera today. After a late night out, the best way to recharge is a good early morning walk in the local woodland.
This is Whiteleaf Woods near to Princes Risborough. This little town is where I used to live, and only a 20 minute drive from where I live now.

Here are some notes about Whiteleaf wood

Whiteleaf Hill is well known for its butterfly and wildflower rich chalk down land, leafy woodlands and spectacular views. The site sits in a prominent position high above Monks Risborough on the Chilterns escarpment. The panoramic view from the top of Whiteleaf Hill extends over the old market town of Princes Risborough, across the neat patchwork of fields in the Vale of Aylesbury to the rolling Wessex Downs in the far distance.

Whiteleaf Hill is diverse in habitats and landscapes, from the flower rich chalk downland with scattered scrub, through recent secondary woodland to ancient semi-natural woodland and beech plantation.

Woodland habitats
The typical Chilterns woodland that stands between the car park and the Neolithic barrow is an example of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland, i.e. an area which has had continuous woodland cover since 1600.

The upper slopes contain remnants of beech high forest on clay soils planted in the 18th and 19th centuries as a monoculture for local industries, with oak and ash. On the lower north-west facing slopes ash and sycamore become commoner with whitebeam, yew and holly. Only limited remnants of the mature beech canopy can be seen on the site today as much of the woodland was damaged by the 1987 and 1990 storms and subsequently re-planted.
To the north of the Cross, on the north-west facing slope of the Hill is an area of recent secondary woodland and dense scrub. This is mainly resultant from the abandonment of the traditional practices which supported the chalk grassland which once covered much of the Hill's western slopes. Ash, whitebeam, beech, yew and holly dominate the secondary woodland, interspersed with shrubs including spindle, hawthorn and wayfaring tree.

A small number of open grown beech trees which grow alongside the Ridgeway, to the east of the Cross, reflect the "avenue" of similar trees which extends down into Cadsden Wood. These trees have now become over mature and as such provide a source of standing deadwood so valuable for insects

Notes from buckscc.gov.uk/countryside

Thanks for looking.
Have a great week.

Fisher, scottevers7, dew77, Janice, halki, ddg, Signal-Womb, fiyo, hummingbird24, wallhalla15, henrye, Luc, Comandante, annagrace has marked this note useful
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-16 20:29]

Hi Alan,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition. The sunlight dropping is awesome. Excellent work.
Abit heavy on the black frame.


Hi Alan wonderful play of the natural light and the shadows, well done...

Hi Alan,
An excellent scene of this wooded forest. The light rays coming thru the trees are captured perfectly. Good composition and framing. Well Done!

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-17 0:10]

:o) wauuuu
perfect atmosphere
nice light TFS

Hi Alan,
Very nice shot!
Excellent composition, good exposure, great colour.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-17 2:04]
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What a nice and interesting shot that you have well done ! The composition is pleasant and light is beautiful. Thanks for sharing Alan.
PS : Happy with your new camera ?

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-17 3:01]

Smileys now, critique later :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-17 4:12]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful landscape.Lighting,POV,visual impact,DOF,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-17 4:20]

BEAUTIFUL scene and a new camera too! Congratulions Alan. I love the sunlight pouring down through the trees. Excellent composition, and I think the black frame goes well here. It makes the wood look darker and therefore the sunlit rays shine out even more. Good job, thank you.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-17 5:59]

Hello Alan!
Very nice landscape.I liked lighting,framing and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-17 6:06]

Alan bonjour, very nice landscape, the light ray coming between trees is superb. Congratulations Didier.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-17 6:08]

Hi Alan,

Congrats on the new camera my friend!! This is a beautiful picture, altough it may be a wee bit to dark. The sunrays are fantastic and I do like the black border a lot. Well done & TFS!


Hi Alan, very nice capture with good contrast and clarity. Great play of light filtering through the trees, nice composition. 7/10 Very nice work.

Hello Alan, this is a nice piece of land you show us here and well captured with the sun rays through the trees. It brings such a nice atmosphere.

Good composition, ligthing and shades.

I agree also that the black frame is a bit heavy. Maybe adding some white lines, like a mat, would help.

Well done and seen.

Take care, Yan :)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-17 8:32]

Hello Alan,
Excellent shot,Colors are very natural and the composition is good. I like it ! Very well done

This is a lovely image, Alan.

The light filtering through the trees add such a wonderful touch.

Thank you for this great composition.

Your new camera seems to be in excellent hands...

Lovely shot Alan!
Amazing mood, beautiful rays of light and autumn forest, all these creates exceptional shot.
I like it very much.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-17 11:14]

Alan, on the top of the photo, light; on the bottom, shadows. This mixture works nicely to me.

Great mood and composition. Quite a suggestive picture.

Congratulations on the shot and on the new camera.

I like this filtered light and the overall mood of the shot Alan. Thank You.

An fantastic capture. The composition is excellent with lighting, reflections and warm colours. A big one, Alan. Very well done.

This is a GREAT photo with your new camera! The streaks of light are very nice, and I like the dark mood in the photo. Well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-18 0:27]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Power of evocation in me: very strong.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: interesting.
Thank you Alan.
Have a good day!

Hello Alan!
Very nice landscape.Lighting,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Alan

Great capture. Good POV. The light was just right. Sharpness and detail spot on. Nice work. Congrats on the new 'toy'. Thanks.

When I first saw this shot thought "this does not seem a photo from Alan". You should offer us more often artistic scenaries like this. Great misterious light and mood. The colour of the sky spoils it a bit for my personal taste, but I know how difficult is to handle that kind of Atlantic white sky. Here in Galicia 90% of my landscape shots have that sky... I hate it!
Congratulations for your new baby, I am sure you will enjoy it, and also we will through your shots.
My best wishes.

Excellent capture after a "late night out"! Was that the wedding in Essex? I wish you'd been with me on the trip to Montreal, that would have been right up your alley with the open bar for 4 hours each night!

Your soon to be sober American friend!


Hi Alan
Found this post while looking for another post about the chilterns. Very nice post, especially the light coming through the trees. Exposure was tricky but looks pretty good. Coincidentally, you took this photo exactly a year ago!
I was up at Bradenham woods yesterday, which I'd heard about through a photography magazine. Have you been there? Should be good once the beech changes colour. I'll probably be going back within the next few weeks.

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