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Here Comes The Sun King

Here Comes The Sun King
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-21
Categories: Savannah
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-28 15:52
Viewed: 3060
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As the sun rises later and later in the day, I see the world with new eyes on my morning walks with my dog. We’re a bit lazy, I admit. We don’t leave the house before 7:15 in the morning, but the sun is as lazy as we are, I think, for that happy face appears over the tops of the trees around the time that Theodore and I make our way back home again.
On this particular morning, the sharp angle of the sun illumined these stray grasses and turned the seed heads to copper and gold. Theodore puzzled at my interest, I think, especially since I had to practically stand on my head to capture this but he’s gotten used to having to stop and wait for me to snap a picture.
When I downloaded it from my disk to my computer, I was startled at the pattern the sun made in the upper right hand corner, a design no doubt created by the leaves through which it shone. And then an old Lennon/McCartney song began to play in my head:

Here comes the sun king
Here comes the sun king
Everybody's laughing
Everybody's happy
Here comes the sun king

Of course there’s a second part to the song, but I’ve long given up trying to make sense of it:D

Quando para mucho mi amore de felice carazon
Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicca verdi parasol
Cuesto obrigado tanta mucho que canite carousel

Would anyone care to try to tackle THAT? -- without smoking any herbs, that is :D

Ahhh, the grasses? To be honest, I have looked them up but there are SO many different grasses, I really do not know what it is. Suffice it to say that it was growing in an untended bit of scrubland that had suffered from the drought of this past summer. These stalks are only about 10 cm (4 inches) high. If you can ID them, please do! :D

Tech: composed in camera, shot in RAW, converted, resized, selectively sharpened, added frame and signature

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for looking

SMFortuna, eqshannon, gracious, Adanac, jaycee, Heaven, uleko, parthasarathi, pablominto, jmirah, cataclysta, anel, pierrefonds, scottevers7, angybone, jmp, Alex99, nglen, Silvio2006, PDP, SunToucher has marked this note useful
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To SMFortuna: thank you kindlySilke 1 09-30 05:40
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Hi Silke
This image is so pretty. Very simple and artistic. The colours show the warmth of autumn. Excellent POV and DOF. The background colours are a nice contrast to the grass.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Silke,

Wonderful job with excellent BG.

Wonderful backlighting Silke. And a good subject slash notes to go along. Fits the mood real well...highly symbolic image for sure....much more than meets the eye..

Hello Silke,
this is a good take!
perfect DOF with exposure and focus
very sharp with the golden sunlight in it!
real artistic presentation in good atmosphere and mood!
very well done!
have a good weekend

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-09-28 18:59]

Hello Silke,
Very artful image, I like it a great deal,thanks for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-28 20:52]

Hi Silke,

So simple and so beautiful. Very artistic composition. I love the golden tones and the shadows in the background. Just stunning.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-09-28 22:31]

Hi Silke!

I like it very much for its simplicity and autheticity. It's therefore the mirror of what our nature is and it shows us that the beauty of the nature is often to be found very close to us. I like the color tones and the overall atmosphere very much. From my point of view, I would chose a little closer focus or crop the image a bit.

Thanks for having shared it with us.

Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-28 23:32]

Hello Silke,
What a wonderful image, very artistic and I love the colours. Great focus on those grasses and a very interesting pattern in the background. I love these kind of captures, even if you don't know the ID, it certainly makes us reflect on the beauty of nature.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Wonderful visual.Great expression through lens.

Hello Silke,
Attractive and artistic simplicity!
The colours and lovely details tell the story of autumn...
Pablo -

Hi Silke,
A fine photo showing color and contrast. An excellent composition. Very well conceived.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-29 4:43]

hallo Silke,
Sehr poetisches Bild. In der Einfachheit liegt oft die Grösse. Das Morgenlicht hast Du super eingefangen.
Liebe Grüsse

Hi Silke,

A good POV of the stay grasses illuminated by the sunrise, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Silke,
A simple and very beautiful composition. The early morning sun is so soft and beautiful here. Excellent control on the DOF to create the perfect backround. Nice work!

Classical, artistic, elegant, simple...great one!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-29 7:34]

Hi Silke,
Smart grasses with a beautiful golden light again a marvellous background. Well spotted!
TFS, José M.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-29 11:21]

Hi Silke.
I love your true art picture. Amazing creative approach, refined work and superb result. The loveliest colour palette, rich, pleasant and delicate at the same time, tender reproduction of the ears, outstanding impressive cropping and composition, Bravo and best regards.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-29 12:04]
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Hi Silke. This is pure art captured by you . The warm colours and light is first class. so simple but yet beautiful.This would make a nice picture on a birthday card or any other. so very well done TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-29 20:27]

Silke, Lovely Lovely presentation. Excellent composition. Simple small and yet so beautiful. Superb Ganesh

Hi Silke
Beautiful photo. Great light and colors. Very simple (but perfect in this case) composition
Very good job
Best wishes

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-09-30 10:16]

hello Silke

simple , very good light , perfect picture



Hi Silke, fascinating composition with splendid light, simple and beautiful, brava, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-01 9:52]

Hello Silke

This is wonderful.It is artistic and the colours and lighting are exceptional.The shot has a nice atmosphere to it.It reminds me of those inspirational posters.Very well composed and presented.TFS


  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-07 8:58]
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Hello Silke, I like the golden tones here and the simplicity. It all works for me. I would like to suggest cloning out the bright patch in the top right of the frame. Well done.

Hi Silke,
I've missed this beautiful abstract photo. I love the mood you captured in it. I always love these simple but effective compositions where a single subject makes the photo. I love the way you isolated these grasses and how you used the warm sublight to illuminate them. I agree with Paul on the top. A clone or crop would do.

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