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Desert Juniper

Desert Juniper
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-12
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W 77mm CIRC. POLARIZER MRC
Exposure: f/16, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2009: USA
Date Submitted: 2009-09-21 8:27
Viewed: 4628
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our drive from North Powder to Bend was one of many variations in the landscape. The first part took us through well cultivated agricultural landscape while suddenly we drove up into the mountains twisting our way through a pine forest along deep canyons. The second part, only short, took us through the desert like landscape where the famous John Day Fossil beds are located. We made a quick stop near south entrance of the picture gorge.

I'm sure you see that the photo is not tilted but that the 'horizon' is actually a ridge naturally tilted by volcanic activity.

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Hello Niek!
Composition of this picture is rather simple. But it is still very nice for watching. It is nice to know that these moutains are made as result of volcanic activity.
Unfortunatelly I can not help you with shrub name.
Greetings from Lodz,

Hi Niek. I like the diagonal compo and the amazing contrast. Good focus and interesting vertical cut.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-09-21 10:16]

Hi Niek,
the bright midday sun and clear blue sky have really added to the feeling of this place's desert environment. Crisp, sharp details and a simple but pleasing composition, the diagonal ridge line in the background helps to add ssomething a bit different. I have no idea what this shrub is unsuprisingly, but it does make for a very photogenic subject!

Hallo niek,

je hebt je daar prima vermaakt zie ik elke keer weer aan je foto's.
Amerika is inderdaad mooi maar ook hier in Nederland kan je genoeg vinden.
Mooi staand landschap en door de aparte boom breng je er diepte in.


Hello Niek! Very interesting tree, interesting scenery, nice sky, very nice colours. Good contrast and sharpness. Original frame. Well done!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-09-22 6:41]

Hi Niek

Another very interesting image from you, my friend!
First off, i must ask you: did you desaturate the rest of the scene in any amount or was this plant the only thing vivid in the scene? :)
Either way, your composition is very nice here and the view really does give us a true insight about the landscape here. The dry condition are evident and i really like how the shape of this tall bush acts like a host for that - extending its dry and white branch like and presenting the habitat it belongs to.
The diagonal horizon line is also a nice treat, adding depth to the perspective, too.
Very good use of the polarizer, as well.

Bravo and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-09-22 23:20]

Beautiful composition, Niek.
A lonely tree in this arid land.
The ashy surface makes a striking contrast to rich colors in tree and sky.
Great visual impact.
TFS. : )

This is a stunning shot, Niek! Perhaps its the starkness that surprises me...I dunno!
I love it!

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