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A New Dawn

A New Dawn
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-06
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Doug's favourite landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 2:43
Viewed: 3745
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

this was the sunrise this morning at about 7 a.m, near Bolderwood in the New Forest. The light wasn't as good as i hoped for, but i found this spot a few weeks ago and it's one of the few high places in the Forest that gives good views right across the tree tops. This morning seemed like a good time to check it out to see what i could get.
There's also an abundance of Red Deer Stags round here at the moment and the woods were filled with the sounds of them challanging each other or issuing warnings. I saw one big Stag in particular who had a mighty rack of Antlers, but kept my distance as the Deer here in the New Forest are pretty wild and dont tolerate humans kindly during the Rut.

Shot in RAW, adjusted curves, increased exposure a tad and pushed up the saturation +5 to get more colour in the sky - then converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened.

I'm a bit tired now after stomping around in the woods in the dark for a few hours, but it's the best place to be when the sun comes up. Hope you like it and have a good weekend.

Thanks for looking..

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I have never done much landscape photography, so anything that makes me go wow is a good un,,,,wow!!

Amazing colors...great picture!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-06 3:44]

Hi Paul

A truly beautiful posting, the colours and hazy perspective created by the mist are excellent. The weather is better with you than up here in Cambridgeshire!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-06 4:11]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful colours in a beautiful composition. Perfect perspective.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-06 4:12]

Hi Paul

So this is how you take landscapes with a zoom lens...splendid idea! See...this is pretty much the exact opposite of what i just posted: a bird picture with a wide-angle lens :))
Anyway, the colors here are simply outstanding and the way they blend into one-another is just amazing!
The trees look great, too in the FG (it was a little windy, wasn't it?) and the persepctive and #d effect they give to the composition is magnificent!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Paul,
yes I like it, a beautilful image with lovely colour tones.
I also like the mist and the morning light.
Well composed with a good deep.
Very well done.


Great job,
beautiful colors,
nice vatage point.


Hi Paul
a green, a blue and an orange layer

Hi Paul, splendid misty landscape with wonderful colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Red sky in the morning is not a good sign, Paul, but you have turned it to your advantage! This is beautifully composed, it reminds me of scenes from 'Lord of the Rings'.

Great info about the New Forest! I have fond memories of visiting there when my son was at university at Portsmouth!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Paul,
I have been to Bolderwood many times, usually around the middle of the day in the Summer(to see the Deer feeding) with my family. I have never seen it look this lovely. The colours and composition in your picture are brilliant and well worth an early start. Great work, Thanks for sharing, Lee

Hello Paul,
Good shot on this new dawn photo!
awesome colour in the sky with layers of misty forest!
good clarity with details in it
well done and composed

Buena composición y una mezcla de colores impresionantes y bien combinados que crean una atmósfera mágica.

Un saludo Paul.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-06 9:20]

Hi Paul

I admire your dedication to taking shots. I got up early yesterday to take some sunrise shots at Brighton (they are posted on my TL site as they have the old pier in them). I love the colour here and the beautiful lines of trees in the mist. It is a beautiful scene



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-06 14:10]

Hi Paul. A nice sunrise wish i had got up and gone to the forest. you have done so well with the light . warm colours. you found a good spot to take this one. well done TFS.
have a good sunday.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-06 14:43]

The colours in this are truly amazing! I have never seen a light like that!
Superb PoV, wonderful timing, excellent PP work

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-07 4:55]

Hello Paul,
I like the layered effect of the different parallel rows of trees, as if they grow on ridges (Which they may do), the row on the horizon being almost part of the morning mist.
Great dawn lighting and colours. Another beautiful landscape shot from you.
Nice to see!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

dont really know how you filtered this..straight over the shot or curtailed
but it worked!!
brilliant banding of tones.. aerial perspective at its best..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-07 9:49]

Hello Paul,
Wow, this is really stunning! You're certainly a master of landscape photography - I'm most impressed. Wonderful range of contours in the morning mist and the sky is so beautiful. That's the sort of time of day one should be out but I never make it!
Many thanks for this lovely capture, Ulla

Hello Paul,
This is pure beauty!
The wonderful layers created by the morning haze give a great feeling of depth in this well framed scenery...
Amazing colour palette and fine details in this lovely postcard!
Pablo -

A totally "cool" layering of contrasts an colors. Done right like this these types of pictures, being rare, are of the best quality. I have been so busy with websites that I have not been back here in a while. Sorry I missed this...very well done Paul.

Hi Paul,
I was hopeing to get a similar photo last saturday, but the fog and cloud cover were just too thick. You did excellent getting up early and being at a previously checked out position. It gave you the full benefit of the wonderful light spectacle. Love the colors and the different layers of trees. But, I have a bit of a struggle with the quality of the photo. Did you have to reduce the photo a lot. Especially the FG trees seem to suffer from the compression. Still the mood and composition are wonderful.

Hello Paul,
stomping around in the woods has been well awarded!
This is a very unusual image that looks like a painting by William Turner. Sheer colours of light with an immensely wide spectre, and surprisingly well detailed rows of trees forming rhythmically shaped patterns lined up in mystical depth.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-08 21:50]

Hi Paul,
Just marking this post and will be back with a proper critique. Facing internet problem, hence doing a short job.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-09 14:28]

Hi Paul,
Superb image with great mood and atmosphere, well worth your effort, thanks for sharing.

Hola Paul,
Impresionante amanecer, la composición, luz y gama de colores son fantásticos, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

What an amazing palette of colors Paul! This is beautiful! It worth getting up early I must say. Exposure, POV and composition are outstanding, congrats!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-11 5:24]

Hello Paul, great shot ! I love the 'layers' in that composition. Great light and exposure, nicely composed and great colors. Thanks !


Dear Paul
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect lighting,composition and framing.
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

hi paul,

beautiful colors!!!a delight to look at it!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-13 15:37]

Hello Paul,
I like very much this fantastic shot. It looks just like an illustration from the fairytale. Excellent atmosphere and amazing colours.
Best greetings & TFS!

Hi Paul,

This is stunning - you must have been dedicated to get out and about early enough - very impressive :-)

I love misty layered shots like this, you've captured a really beautiful scene, the colours and subtle misty shades are gorgeous.

I also think that a closer portrait crop might be effective too, did you try???

Brilliant work mate.

Very, very beautiful landscape.
Great colors.
Best regards,

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