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Oaks in Snow

Oaks in Snow
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-12-27
Categories: Trees
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-16 6:05
Viewed: 4652
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on the only bit of snow we have sen so far in south Nottinhamshire , I know other parts of the UK have had heavy falls of snow which caused caiose to people. I had had to go into work to check that the plants were OK after the snow and on the way back the sun peeped out under the clouds and I kept stoping along the way to see what looked good in the veiw finder.If you fancy finding them they are on the A606 south of Nottingham on the Cross road to Kinoulton and widerpool next to the Pulman Restuant stand by the metal gate and look up upto the sky line you cannt miss them.
Oaks (Quercus robur) along with the Ash tree form a major part of the English skyline with their large bulky shapes and as here often planted in loose groups by landowner to enhanse a veiw, though I know of one large hill side in the north of Nottinghamshire that was laid out in the troup formations at the Battle of Waterloo. Not that the wildlife cares who planted them, some where around 2000 different species rely on Quercus robur of their surival obviously not all at the same time though looking at some oaks you might think so as quiet often they look very tatty with lots of large dead branches in the crownsee the tree on the left of the image,but do not think chain saw time, even at this stage rarities like the stag beetle take up residence and woodpecker , blue tits and nuthatches use them to nest in holes where various sized branches have fallen off.So where it is safe to do so like here old trees should be left to just moulder away to the benifit of the wildlife.
metered of the sky to set the speed and aperture, then refocusing to the front of the trees.
Open image
Covert to B&W with the preset programe in Actions in photoshop, though to be honest it looked very black and white before I started, there wasa little colour on the sky line in the form of some orange colours but not strong enough to make it worth trying to keep them in.
Crop image to size more than 50% as this was the closest the zoom on the cameera would get me and moving change the POV too much as there was a large dip inbetween me and the trees and another row of trees, so the only option was to frame the shot as best I could and crop and clone out the tree tops from the hedge row below.
Sharpen with USM
Save with Save As to preserve the Exif data
Post and hope you like

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  • cosci Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 14 W: 15 N: 3] (110)
  • [2006-01-16 9:03]

Great image Robert !

Very good composition! I like it very much ...

Thanks for sharing

Hi Rob,
I like this as a B&W post.
Good detail and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, Have a great week.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-01-16 15:14]

wauuu super composition
beautiful place !
TFS Libor

A nice black and white shot. Nice cloning. I'm always happy to see more landscape photos. TFS

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-16 21:04]

Une prise artistique, triste et très agréable à regarder.

Merci Robert!


Hi Robert

This is a well composed shot with good POV. It looks great in B&W. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-23 14:55]

Hi Robert,
Very nice landscape capture with good perspective and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

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