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Awaiting the Storm

Awaiting the Storm
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-01-23
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-31 5:59
Viewed: 2830
Points: 40
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How forlorn......almost desolate. This day a week ago was so Grey that it made the snow appear as Grey too. How is it that one day is full of sun, and white snow with a beautiful blue sky...then the next it is gone? What possible reason could the creator have for causing this? Could perhaps one need such days? As if for nothing else but to make the contrast, seen here as well, so the choice between good and "bad" had a defined line? How else would we know good if there were not bad. How would we define light if there were no darkness....and do these optical sights then become philosophical as well...? Is all of life a game or is it just simply a balance..as in a phrase from the Christian Bible when goes on "to everything there is a season." Well if David Crosby and the his band the Birds could make a song of the Bible, then I can make a song from a Grey day....

Two Cottonwood trees living near a very same farm on the Palouse, the northern-most end of it. It is a winters day and clouds dominate the land. The branches almost try to hard to reach out and say that they are here...and if there was a bird sitting in them, it would certainly show at this time...but the birds knew better than I. Wherever they go, they hide at this time...wherever their homes are.....if they made it this far into winter so harsh.

There are many pictures posted this week, not here on TN but all over the State of Washington as the state gets ready to go into a state of emergency. Snow totals are now mind boggling 24 inches in 2 days. No cars moving. Plowing trucks stuck...all things closed including schools and governments...but here on the Palouse buried somewhere in the Grey Day snows...a few days before the larger storms hit...there was already this image of waiting in nature for what somehow it knew was inevitable....and nature was correct, as usual..

Jamesp, uleko, Silvio2006, fartash, nglen, CeltickRanger, Luis52, angybone, Adanac, horia has marked this note useful
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To Mikolaj: Minimaleqshannon 1 01-31 07:34
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Hello Bob! Amazing lightness. Original minimalistic composition. Interesting landscape. Very good picture. Well done!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-31 6:15]

Hi Neighbour

Wow - it is really windy here today and people are panicking - but 24 inches of snow - England stops at 2 inches!

A very moody shot - creates a wonderful sense of place. A deceptively good composition - it looks casual - but as usual is obviously well thought out.

Keep safe.


The slight sepia treatment of this picture without a true black or white adds to the visual interest of this composition and overall 'gray' feeling.

Hi Bob, today we are neighbour, fascinating landscape, great winter view with wonderful light, superb B&W composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Dear Bob
What a wonderful scene you show us here :O)
Perfect composition,contrast and POV,Welldone.
You always make me stronger about my photography and nature, Thank you.

Good luck

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-31 8:07]

Hi Bob,

A beautifully composed landscape with a mood of isolation and desolation. An amazing contrast to what followed in the next few days. Each has its own beauty.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-31 9:11]

HI Bob,great landscape,nice atmosphere and perfect choice of b/w,i like a lot,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Bob,
True to the origin landscape atmosphere with a B/W format!
good pov to see the vastness of the land on the Palouse!
good clarity with lots of details in the shot!
well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-31 12:03]

Hi Bob. The calm before the storm you can see it in the sky. I like the compostion with the treesto the left. you have captured the mood of the weather so well. TFS.

hello Bob

lovely composition in black & white (probably passin by duotone)
and excellent POV and panorama framing to admire this lanscape,

for us here, tomorow they are annoucing snow and strom
but we are accustomed (nous sommes habitués)
to that kind of crazy wheaters, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-31 15:32]

Hola Sr. Bob.
I am sorry to hear the bad news in Your town. a lot of snow makes big problems. 24 inches of snow it is to much. but the sun soon will be shining again.
Nice photo of this place.

What interesting lighting - feels like the end of a long day to me.
I like what Mikolaj says - minimalistic. In that mind that always translates into a sort of elegance.

Dear Friend,
Magnifique, sobre, très belle composition, j'aime beaucoup le noir et blanc.

still me Bob,
a like very much this one too,
Minimalist composition with maximalist talent,
very nice shot indeed,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-01 2:35]

Another very atmospheric shot Bob!
Simple but powerful composition.
Great contrast which is enhanced by the B+W medium.
Yeah like James said, if there's a light flurry of snow here then everything closes and we go into hibernation! ;)
But 2 ft of snow!!! You must have to wade and swim whenever you want to go somewhere!

Thanks for sharing this Bob :)


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-01 2:54]

Hello Bob,
We're awaiting the storm too, the second in a week! - Very bleak but beautiful view of the plains. I like the few trees in the foreground and the forest at the horizon. We often grump about the weather here too but without the seasons and the ongoing changes in weather and nature life may be rather dull, don't you think? (The snowdrops are just beginning to appear in the garden!)
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-01 9:26]

Very good moody shot Bob ! Well composed, good contrasts and very good details, great exposure, well done, thanks !


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 16:28]

Well my dear friend, this image has atmosphere and composition that is so evident and telling. Your words too match the image, cabin fever could be next with weather such as you are experiencing. I am so glad that we have you here each day.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-02 11:20]

Hi Bob

Sorry for the big delay, but i had internet problems and i also left town today for a while :(

If it's desolation you wanted to show here...you did a fantastic job! :)
Yes...i know the feeling, my friend. We had beautiful sunny days almost all week today...perfect for photography. Then i started having some small problems with the internet connection and an opportunity came for a small trip to some nearby mountains...a really lovely place otherwise. Of course, why did i even think it would be different: almost totally overcast :(( I too was desolated...

This is another very nice black & white photo from you, Bob!
I really like the strong contrast here between the tree silhouettes and the BG. Very nice details - clear and crisp - as well as good control of the exposure.
I'm not sure on the compo, though...perhaps i would have tried to zoom in closer to those nice 2 trees...but this is a matter of personal taste anyway :)
Good work and hope snowing takes a break in Washington...but on the other hand i would be inclined to let nature "do her thing"...as you said: she's always right :)

Cheers and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-06 20:03]

Hello Bob

The black and white treatment creates an almost stark atmosphere.It definitely gives a cool and isolated feeling.
Very well composed ,the contrast is very good.
taken from a very good POV.


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