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A Presence

A Presence
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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: 2008-11-09
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon HG 10 HD Video
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-02 17:27
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black Oak is quite imposing in Eastern Washington. I was out one day taking a picture of what is said is the tallest Black Oak, when I came across what is provincially called "The Palouse Black Oak". Although this one framing a fall image is only 100 feet tall, it is approx.40 feet in circumference. I had no way to measure it but I was close enough to this rather spooky woods to look a guess. Even the branches were huge.

Sadly that winter a record snow year and a record wind year took out the tree. Locals of the very small town cut it for firewood and claim it should last another 2 years!

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hello Bob

beautiful photo of these trees, with fine POV, i love
the panorama framing, and also the way the foreground
tree it is framing the background trees, and also i love
the atmosphere effect that is coming from the photo, TFS


This is a stunning shot, very well framed, Bob.
Too bad the tree's gone.
Thanks much for the share.

Hello Bob,

a very nice pic and as usual your note's.
Here comes tothe journalist in your up.
Fine colours and indeed when it rains there or foggy its very spooky.


Ciao Bob, fascinating misty composition in a beautiful forest of blak oak, wonderful natural natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this Black Oak tree trunk. Feeling sad it died due to excessive snowfall. Any way it is nature. From you notes it sounds as a huge tree. And 2 years of firewood supply wow. I can imagine how big it was. Very well framed. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-03 3:02]

Hi Bob,only a fantastic atmosphere,i like this little fog,you use the light another time to create this magic effect,a very nice tribute to the old oak....thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-03 7:27]

Beautiful image of the Oak tree and the row of trees in the background, fine lighting and colors. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-03 11:13]
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I'm surprised that these are oaks Bob.
Impressive as they are, the way they grow, their shape and the felled trunk sprouting shoots would suggest that these are willows.
The technical standard and composition are great and so sharp that I can even see the shape of the leaves, willow leaves?
Thanks and have a great weekend,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-04 16:07]

Hi Bob,

A beautiful autumn scene and a wonderful wonderful composition. Fall seems a long way off for us down here in Arizona. I'm afraid the summer heat will be with us for a while.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-05 2:15]

Hello Bob,
A very fine shot of this wild and "spooky" area. The tight horizontal framing is well chosen, the light you caught here makes the place here look very mysterious. Well composed also with the tree placed in the left angle. A picture full of strange energy.
Kind regards

Hi Bob,

The point of view is sending my eyes toward the trees in the background which is giving depth to the composition. It is also showing a close-up of the black oak tree. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


That's called: Ce lá vie. = That's life.
Love trees; they are so useful not only for shade but they sustain life to all of us. O2.... nesting... food ... etc:
Great composition.

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