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The Cusp of Spring

The Cusp of Spring
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-18
Categories: Trees
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-19 7:36
Viewed: 3332
Points: 26
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A short trip for me out to Turnbull to see if spring signs are showing and it appears only the quick eye and the all knowing can tell....but I see it and I feel it and I smell it in the air....there is a certain glow about the trees... almost an aura. I am very impressed with how well these Aspens took the hard snows and long days without sun. Some smaller ones in the center are growing out of a frozen wetland, but along the edges I can see it is slowly melting..nothing to walk on that's for sure.

I love to pull tricks out of my bag...one is the Leica which as many know has no way of 'seeing' what it or I take. I have to guess at all the settings and such as the LCD is broken and I never know what I get until I arrive home and on the computer....but rarely do images from the Leica come out bad.

Leica D-LUX 2
Hand Held and 'Guess Pointed'
ISO 100

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Namastay Bob,
A very good capture with a camera without view finder and LCD. Very well compose. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-19 10:35]

Hello Bob,

You are right about the image of your camera! Image quality is great and the tress and perches are so sharply shown. Vrey good details of the landscape can be observed. You have also captured a very fine light. The delicat grey color tones you have been able to render makes the photo very special.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Bob, lovely composition with splendid spring signs, wonderful light, very well done, ciao Silvio

I agree... and the Leica lenses are phenomenal. I honestly believe, however, that many of those images we do not see are inspired by One who does... :)


hello Bob

here in Montréal area i can tell the spring is here,
today i saw by douzain American Robins, i also heard
the sound of the Red-Winged Blackbird, we are in spring

beautiful photo of the woods and the marsh inside it,
fine POV and DOF, i also love in the image
the trees of the background, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-19 15:56]

Hola Sr. Bob.
You have a beautiful photo here. I can see why.
Great photographer and excellent camera. Very good combination.

Hi Bob
Thats a remarkable result for a 'blind'shot.
I guess Beethoven composed music when he was deaf,so why not.
Avery sharp shot of this frozen wetland.
No skating here,unless you are a very very thin person.
Great work!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-19 17:21]

This is strange, Bob, this looks like here except we still have snow, thick layer of snow! I like the twirling tree at left, the branches are swirling in such an amazing movement. I like the straight lines the trees make in the pond, giving the picture a texture. Plus, I really love your Leica without the LCD, I can feel how much fun you have with it and were it not from your experience in photographing with SRL for so long, it wouldn't give such a result. Thank you!


Hi Bob.
What a clear shot f a nice place. I am impressed with transparency of the image and clearness of the colours a lot as well as with superb DOF and exact details/sharpness of the entire scene. Perfect presentation of the of the season and its spirit. Well done. My kind regards.

Hello Bob,
i am happy to read your kind comment to my picture, thank you, Bob;
a great view of "The Cusp of Spring", i like the title "cusp" from the Latin language "cuspide" "point of a lance", very good sharpnesss and colours in a nice composition.
Best regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-20 8:40]

Bob, This is a great landscape with all lovely detals around. Fantastic image reminds my lovely school days. Ganesh

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-20 18:28]

Hello Bob,
Great shot, especially since you couldn't see what you were aiming at!! Looks like you are finally getting some well deserved spring like weather!
I was out a little bit yesterday but didn't see anything to shoot, it's been pretty cold out lately and nothing seems to be moving about. We had our yearly Mission Conference all last week so I haven't had much time to even get on the site.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-21 7:31]

Hello Bob,
A typical "transition-picture"! Not spectacular, but interesting, especially if we look closer..fine colour-palette, and this special light which brings Spring. Well taken tree-curtain, not an easy subject. I also like a lot your horizontal framing.
I wish you a very nice weekend
Best regards

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