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Sullen Sky

Sullen Sky
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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: 2007-09-29
Categories: Sky
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 5:45
Viewed: 2698
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It feels as if a long time passed since I've observed deep sky. Most of you are well into the yearly transition from the sultry, saturated atmospheres of summer into the withering, darkening, colors of autumn. The same holds true for the prairie grasslands of America. Sans trees, but plentiful with curves created by many geologic process, these hundreds of miles of rolling hills take on a personality when a cold front, a colder air and dark clouds are on the horizon.

Greens are hard to find, outdone by earth tonal browns which even this day are subdued as if waiting for the moisture to come and put them down for a sleep. In a few days, a light and not long lasting blanket of snow may arrive to declare the patient now deceased. But as with all things in nature, nothing is forever. Tis a matter of cycles, rhythms which vibrate in harmony with earth and above. None of this can we hear. Only the results can we see and sometimes predict. Mans harvesters are dwarfed by natures harbingers. The time for gathering is long gone. It is a time for sleep...

The primary cause of the seasons is the 23 give or take, degree of the Earth's rotation axis with respect to the plane of the ecliptic. What I mean is... that as the Earth goes around its orbit the Northern hemisphere is at various times oriented more toward and more away from the Sun, and likewise for the Southern hemisphere.

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Bonjour Bob
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue avec ces belle couleurs en qui se reflètent dans ce beau ciel orageux. Les couleurs sont merveilleuses,les détails et l'éclairage sont parfaits .J'ai bien apprécié ta note.
Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.....JP

Hello Bob! Wonderful perspective. Nice colors, very nice. Good take. Best regards!

Hello Bob
What a great super wide scene you captured,
Perfect lighting ,composition and framing,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-02 6:41]

Hey Bob,
a lovely capture of this moody scene. The weather in the photo is just like the weather here at the moment :(
+++ Superb sharpness as always and excellent detail. Perfect composition with just the right amount of sky. I love all the different coloured fields.
--- Nothing ;)
Well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-02 6:59]
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Hi Bob,
as a man who's been so obviously in tune with nature over the years, i have to ask..have you noticed any changes from the norm that you could attribute to climate change? Snows coming later, winters shorter? Would love to hear any observations you've had.
Anyway, back to this rolling, wide vista. The arrangement of browns and green is well laid out and that low sullen cloud has some real mood to it too. I like this alot.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-02 7:08]

Hello Bob,
Very beautiful landscape captured from a nice viewpoint. I like the different colours of the fields and the low clouds at the horizon. Excellent DOF and a wonderful composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Bob,
Hard for me to get too excited from sullen skys but your image captures them very well in the expansive view. Sullen skys here today also though I only see them through the trees.
Nicely composed with the various sections of color.
Interesting note.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-02 8:24]

Hello Bob, gorgeous composition, very nice landscape, the lights and textures and the colors are superb. Good poetic note too. Well done my friend. Thanks,


Hello Bob.
I like the design in this image. The shapes created by the sky, the green grass and the yellow grass. I personally would have included a little less sky, but it's still very effective. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-02 9:47]

Hi Bob,

A most beautiful scene - one that can be witnessed in only a few special places. The cloudy sky and the seemingly endless fields are captured perfectly. I see the same sky right now from my window but it's not the same with the mountains.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-02 11:24]

Hi Bob. This picture could have been taken in Dorset England where i live. we have areas just like this.and often lots of clouds. you have captured a nice comostion. with natural colours.good use of the light. well done TFs. good notes too.

Beautiful shot...lovely expanse...great pov...perfect composition! As usual, everything is great! :D

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-10-02 20:04]

Hi Bob,
Great almost panoramic vista. Excellent POV, DOF, color and exposure. Very well captured.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-03 1:11]

Bob, Very nice and I dont know how you landup in choosing such a beautiful landscape. Beautiful sky and super frame. Ganesh

les couleurs sont bien diversifiées et nettes.
bonne note explicative
bravo++ et merci


Hi Bob
I also think (the title) that sky is the most important thing here but simple composition of landscape looks great here. Great contrast, good exposure and beautiful dramatic sky
Best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-03 4:52]

Hi Bob,
Just marking this shot and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an important assignment.

salut Bob

très belle photo de paysage avec ses belles games de couleurs
(merci de nous faire découvrir des paysage de ton coin de pays)



Bonjour Bob, j'aime bien cette photo, le ciel chargé de nuages et malgré tout une lumière exceptionelle, bravo mon ami,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-03 16:18]
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Autumnal skies can be SO dramatic!
Superb composition and colours!
Sorry for being brief: trying to catch up on critiques after three days in bed!!

Hello Bob,
The vast landscape is most impressive, and the low hovering dark clouds add to the drama!
Harvest have been done, leaving attractive colours in the field...
I like the framing, telling the story of season and changes in nature!
Pablo -

Hi Bob,

The sky is giving a sense of isolation to the prairie grassland scenery. The point of view is giving depth to the photo. It is also well framed. It also giving me a sense of solitude. Thanks for sharing.


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