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Tunnel to the Sky

Tunnel to the Sky
Photo Information
Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-06 7:35
Viewed: 4101
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the eighth and last image in my current series, and was shot on the same lake as the rest of the series, and on the same weekend as all in the series except for "Back to Nature". This image ends the series exactly opposite of how it started. The first image, "Bridge to Nowhere 2", looked down into the lake at reflections of backlit grasses. Its appeal was shape and reflection (both literal and figurative). This final image ignores the lake entirely and looks upward, through a brightly colored leaf tunnel into the intense blue of an infinite sky. The saturation and contrast of these colors is as far as you can get from the nearly black and white of my grass reflections which started the series.

The tree is a red maple (Acer rubrum) on the left side of the island in my "Loon Island" photo. This is one of two maple species responsible for most of the famous red color seen in Maine and New England each autumn. The sky is a shade of blue rarely seen in the summer because of the humidity. Weather in Maine and New England comes from the west, and in summer we get heavy doses of midwestern humidity (and power plant pollution!). But in fall, much of our weather comes from north central Canada, with the air cooled and dehumidified in the Arctic before flowing southeast. When this weather pattern begins, Maine residents get to work cultivating our fall crop of leaf peepers (tourists looking at fall foliage).

If you have liked any in this series of eight images, I hope you will look at the others also. Part of my reason for posting in this manner is because all these images are so close in one or more ways, either the same times, locations, photographic approach, etc. Yet in some ways they are so different from each other. I wanted to show how minor changes in conditions or approach or POV can lead to such wildly different results. The lesson for me is that many different situations can produce good photographs if you are receptive to the material the environment gives you and if you learn to work with it.

I hope you've enjoyed all these images and my sometimes lengthy writing. I apologize if my comments are difficult for those who read English as a second or third (or... nth!) language. I recognize the great privilege of using my native language to address an international audience and I thank all of you for your efforts if this is not your mother tongue. I hope that all TN members, regardless of their language, will continue to send the rest of the world a message of respect for the natural environment and protection of our planet. Though some people seem not to grasp this yet, it is the only one we have.

I expect to take a short break from posting new images on TN after this series, but I know that before long I'll be digging through my archives again or out shooting some new stuff. Unfortunately a period of intense work awaits and I don't anticipate much spare time for a couple of weeks.

Thanks for looking at this and the other images in my series.

tech notes-
slight cropping, two step PS sharpening, moderately increased brightness & contrast, slight adjustment of shadow/highlight balance, no color modification

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-06 7:41]

Hello Bob
Wonderful capture, wonderful vivid colors...excellent.

Hi Bob,

A colourful window to heavens!! but which you donot want to go past...no matter if there is heaven on the other side...

Fantastic job, thanks for sharing!


hello Bob
perfect scene full of colours
perfect glance

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-06 10:28]

Hi Bob,
Lovely capture.Well seen and composed.I liked vivid colors,contrast,exposure and lighting a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

What a great series and theme. This one ends as it should, in my opinion... looking up. :) Excellently done. TFS.


Lovely colors and a wonderful natural window,
dear Bob. Very nice work. COngratulations :o)

Grande abrašo,

Hi dear Bob ,
Nice shot with splendid colours.
Good light and nice sharpness.
Lovey work

Kind regards

Hi Bob,

Wow those winter colours are just stunning, excellent POV superb detail, great work mate, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Beautiful image Bob,
You have a great eye for seeing things that other tend to pass up without evening noticing. Very nicely composed with gorgeous colors and sharp detail!!
Thanks for posting some really inspiring shots, hope to see you again after you catch up on your work.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-23 1:02]

Hi Bob !

Excellent presentation!
Beautiful and interesting this tunnel.
Splendid colors, perfect contrast.
My Congratulations.
Have a beautiful week,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-29 5:44]
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Hi Bob,
excellent colours and superbs composition.
The red leaves really give a good contrast and visual impact to the view. With the blue sky so lovely, it enhances the beuty.
Brilliant presentation.


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