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Look at the Heavens

Look at the Heavens
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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: 2007-12-17
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite photos, Angelina's Favorites - Part I, Joe's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-18 5:14
Viewed: 6415
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Look at the Heavens above you! Everything you see in the sky moves in a path that is fixed. All the bodies there appear to give light. This has been going on long before you. It will happen during the time you are here and it will happen long after you are gone. They follow a law of movement that show you long lastingness. If you, as a human, want to find a meaning, a lasting meaning in your way of life, you must be as the four seasons. You will then understand what gives them the laws of their being. Look at thunder. Look at wind.".... and now look at the land under snow......

Mullein, snow, rocks, prairie, sky, sun, camera, me. All came together at the same time and same place yesterday on the edge of the place I call my home now. the prairie is groomed by the Creator and finishing touches by man who plant winter wheat here in hopes that feed will suffice until next years grain. And the grain which grows will fill your bowls as well as become an ingredient in your breads.

The mullein remains an eyesore to most who are totally unaware of its properties...and in this location, out of sight of the camera lens, is a highway that goes to a major university. Thousands of students pass by this every day and I say none of those would ever notice the mullein. It served a soft purpose for Native Americans who had to relieve themselves...but way beyond that it was a curative for colds, when the leaves were boiled and the flowers serve as well for a curative of the ear when it is in pain from infection. Not only this but infusion of mullein flower in oil relieves and melts the wax in the ear which gives a dynamic healing effect. Some wise men in a Book long ago, ended the words in each saying with ..."Let them who have ears....hear" .....and I say...hear the snow............

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-18 5:19]

Hello Bob, that's one of your best shot and one of the best I've seen here ! Nothing to say but perfect ! The composition is so well thought, the light is fantastic and the forms and textures are exquisite ! Well done, directly in my favs !


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-12-18 5:25]

Magic picture...
Suberb composition and wonderful light and color.

Hi Bob!

This is just beautiful. No other words possible. The lines and the shapes of the hills repeated in the sky, the tender colors...

It's a dream. I would like to ask you the permission to dream in silence...



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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-18 6:06]

Hi Bob,
Precious photo, a large membership and a very good frame, a photo of postcard!!
Greetings Jose

Hello Bob,
Very beautiful landscape shot you brought here!!
You've managed to create perfect shot with excellent exposure. lovely wonderful white colours here!
Also, I can see the very beautiful POV & composition.
Beautiful scenery you've captured!
Well presented with your note as usual. :)
TFS and best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-18 6:19]

Hello Bob,
Beautiful depiction of how mother nature can alter a rolling agricultural landscape into a magical wonderland with a light cover of snow. In addition you have composed this to include low clouds that follow the curved horizon and given it depth with the FG of snow-covered stones and the dead stems of the greenery of the summer.
A remarkable shot and the hallmark of a skillful photographer.
Thanks for letting us share this beauty,

I added this to my favorite's theme. :)
An amazing shot...I love the contrast of textures..the rocky snow covered foreground, the smooth frozen hills in the distance.

And mullein...I love that stuff! I also heard that people use the cord inside the stem as candle wicks. :) Nature is amazing!

Hello Bob,
Excellent image for meditation purposes:-)
It is well done; do like your composition, the elements, the colours, etc.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-18 6:44]

Hello Bob,
What a wonderful view across this white landscape! I love the colours and the curved lines even repeated in the clouds and the fine detailed foreground that brings depth into this outstanding image. Very nice words to go with it too!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Bob!
What a peaceful landscape picture! I can feel a silence and only positive energy when I am watching this image! Great colouration - you kept warm colours in this winter photo!
Bravo for colour of frame - it is perfectly corresponding with the main part of presentation.
TFS and all the best!

Dear Bob
What a wonderful scene you captured :o)
Great POV,exposure and composition,Superb shot and nice note as always


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-18 8:17]

Wow! This is one of your best posts so far!!!
This is just perfect!
The compostion is exquisite!
Very well done Bob.
A new one for my favourites!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-18 9:16]

Hola Bob,
precioso trabajo,
excelente pov, color y composición magnífica,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-18 9:36]

merhaba Bob
i agree with you the landscape looks like a part of heaven
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

Hello Bob,
My compliment to this excellent shot with so much perspective in it!
the fg elements is awsome in perfect shrpness, beautiful colouration and details and lead your eyes towards the far horizon!
just perfect in everything indeed
many thanks for this lovely composition

Hi Bob,
Wow, beautiful shot, I love the rolling meadow and the Rolling cloud formation behind it. Dusted with snow, very very pretty! TFS Have a great day!

This is nice. The sharpness and complexity of the foreground against the soft curves and shapes of the background and sky is quite effective. Color is very natural.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-18 11:32]

Hi Bob I Go with mario on this one fantastic . you have done a great job on this one. may i say your best picture so far on TN. very well done my friend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-18 12:17]

Hi Bob,

This looks more like a painting than a photograph! An extraordinarily beautiful winter scene with amazing colors and textures and shapes. Just wonderful.


Hi Bob, superb winter composition, great focus on FG and splendid layers in BG with wonderful soft colors and great graphic, one of your best photo, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-18 13:13]
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How artistic and intelligent capture of this beautiful landscape!! You show it in a marvellous framing and composition. Beautiful colors and excellent details in this splendid job accompanied by such a great note.
Congratulations, dear Bob.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-18 13:45]

Hola Sr. Bob.- Just a beautiful photo. Very nice image taken from an exelent angle.
Light and sharpness are at top lavel.
Great note too.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-18 14:40]

Hi Bob

What a superb contrast between the FG and BG. The forms are very intersting and the colours lovely. Interesting note too.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-18 16:13]

Hi Bob, this is such a wonderful landscape, I love the grace of the hills and the hilly clouds! I really like the superposition, like layers, of the different textures and colours with the rocks at the foreground, the golden-white lightly "scratched" hills and the blue sky on top. It is amazingly beautiful. And we let the mullein grow in the garden, I kind of like it and it grows everywhere around here. thanks a lot for this great note,


Hi Bob,

A nice image of the country scenery under a beautiful sky, the rocks in the foreground are giving depth to the photo. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-18 17:17]
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Hello Bob,
You have aquired a new fan my wife wants to see and read what you have posted each day. So from both of us thanks for this great image and note.

Hello Bob

very beautiful landscape image in 7 steps (i counted 7 steps),
you did an excelent composition with that nice smouth lightness
and colours for the eyes, TFS


Namastay Bob,
What a beautiful sight. Very cool. Love the patterns here. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-18 22:59]

Hi Bob,
Just marking this wonderful post for the moment, lest I miss it, and will come back with a proper critique later.

Hello Bob,
This is a prefered amount of snow!
Not so much you have to shuffle but enough to give this beautiful white cover...
Great light and the exposure is well done, good foreground interest and a well balanced composition!
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-19 4:25]

Hello Bob,
The snow gives to the landcape a fineness you cannot see in an other season. It underlines the main structures and patterns and allows the mind to have a rest on the essence of nature.
Your subtle picture with its fine colours is of great purity, speaks not only to the eyes but mainly to the soul.
Thanks a lot

Hello Bob,
Sensational picture! Wonderful landscape!
Excellent definition, perfect chromatism.
Precise proportion of elements.
Splendid visual!
Well done!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Hi Bob, Very nice layered landscape image.
Very arty and well executed.
The repeating curves add verve.
Pleasing soft color pallette.
Well composed, TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-19 19:21]

Hello Bob

Just marking post for now.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-20 11:02]

Hi Bob.
Once more amazing note and superb landscape picture. It is true art shot, created by great writer. Pictured scene is breathtaking and quality of execution is infinite. My congratulations and thanks for this masterpiece.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-25 11:53]

Bonjour Bob,

Je vois que vous m'avez repéré sur cette grande planéte. Cette prise est superbe avec ses courbes délicates et ses couleurs douces. L'endroit est magnifique et très agréable à regarder.
Merci Bob pour le partage et passe de Joyeuses Fêtes.


Hi Bob

I really like the layers in this picture as well. The folds in the land are great and the foreground adds so much to the picture. The layers of cloud and the blue sky above really add so much to this picture.


PT :-)

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