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Pohutukawa at the coast

Pohutukawa at the coast
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Copyright: Ho Tony (gracious) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1987 W: 0 N: 3151] (13068)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-24
Categories: Trees, Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *3, Alex99 favorite photos, Dreamy Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-13 22:33
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends,
I am sharing with you the beautiful POHUTUKAWA tree, commonly known as NEW ZEALAND CHRISTMAS TREE, mostly grown on the cliff and coastal area around New Zealand! This was captured on the christmas eve and as you can see lots of flowers turning red on the tree which add a lot of beauty along the coast!
Hope you like it and thanks for viewing!

Jamesp, Heaven, bobcat08, mariki, Juyona, rkailas, fartash, SelenE, jusninasirun, jesst, Argus, eqshannon, MMM, jaycee, nglen, K9madtex, jmp, rousettus, horia, NinaM, Luis52, peter_stoeckl, Necipp, tkp1165, hester, Alex99, boreocypriensis, japiey has marked this note useful
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Hi Tony,
Even thought we live in the same city and sometimes visit the same locations at different times you always seam to find interesting views and this one is no exception. Nice colours I like all the leaf litter in the water.

Nice colours and scenery, it looks like a beautiful place.

Qué maravilla Ho !! Repito lo de siempre y en esta quizá con más motivo: quisiera estar allá .
Un buen trabajo de composición y un agua y cielo bien plasmado. Por supuesto con tu sello.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-13 23:43]

Hi Tony

A well thought out composition which is very effective. The wonderful NZ colours and light are fantastic.


Hello Tony,

This flowering tree, I missed in 2005. I saw a lot postcards, but not in real life.Thats was a pity. A superb visibility with that large piece wood on the FG. It break the visibility line in a pleasant manner. Colors and sharpnes are as usual "Amazing" The clouds just above the horizon are beatiful. My holidayfeelings of 2005 are back, thanks for that. Greetings and TFS BOB

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-13 23:59]

Hi Tony!

While our trees were crowded with snow at Christmas Eve, yours were full of wonderful red spots. Your composition, as usually, is perfect and the lighting management beyond any reproach. The trunk in the foreground is very important and gives the picture the right perspective.

Kind regards


Hello Tony,

Wonderful capture of this beautiful landscape. Great composition. Very good low POV. Splendid light and colours.
Well done,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-14 1:19]

Hola amigo,
maravillosa panorámica,
excelente pov y relajante mar y cielo...
muchos saludos Tony.

Hello Tony,
Seems like you have a happy summer, my friend!
Beautiful weather and great clarity in colours, where the red flowers add a wonderful touch...
A fine composition with good foreground interest, attractive cloud formations in the horizon!
Pablo -

Hi Ho,
Nice landscape.
- Nirmal

Hi Tony

Brilliant shot! The tree is indeed lovely, but the overall composition of the picture is excellent. The trunk or stone in the foreground leads beautifully into the pictures and the picture has many elements that make it texturally rich.

TFS and Best

Hello Tony
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect composition,POV and colors,Superb shot my friend.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-14 2:52]

Hi Tony,
What a beautiful place and a beautiful tree... Colors, light, composition and POV are very nice. TFS my friend
Best wishes,

Hello Tony,

This is gorgeous. Not only the whole landscape is pristine, you have beautifully included the timber in the foreground. The tree on the left is stunning in red flowers and the sky is spotless with the white cloud creeping on the horizon. Please allow me to add this to my personal theme.

Well done and best regards,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-14 4:32]

Glad to see new photo from you. Wonderful landscape with amazing composition and color.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-14 4:35]

The complete opposite of a British Xmas eve scene! :-) We'd have grey skies, freezing rain and all the trees would be bare :-D
Nice image of this beautiful scene!
The colours are very nice!
Excellent composition with the log adding FG interest and the tree on the left balancing out the photo.
Great clarity and detail.
Very well done Tony.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-14 5:11]

Hello Tony,
I wish we had this kind of scene to present at Christmas!! It looks lovely and warm and I love those trees. Excellent composition showing the flowering tree by the smooth sea.
Lovely colours and nice cloud formations breaking up the blue sky.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-14 5:24]

Hello Tony,
Simply beautiful!
The Pohutukawa tree leaning over the shallow bay with its fallen leaves strew on the calm waters of this shallow bay make a fine composition in which the curious piece of log gives added interest. Beautiful colours and lighting make this a fine image and thanks for sharing it,

You're right! It is a dreamy landscape tony. Something about the way you present the texture brings it out...Not sure if it is your camera of PP or just the way you shoot, but I cannot do it. I have tried..Whatever you do, don't forget how!

Hi Tony,
Beautiful colours and pov.

regards Gert

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-14 7:21]

Hi Tony
Beautiful cristal clear image.Good POV and very well composed image.colors and light are outstanding.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-14 8:00]

Hi Tony,

A beautiful seascape! The tree is gorgeous. I love the chunk of wood in the foreground. Wonderful colors of the water and the sky. As always a superb composition.


Hi Tony, splendid seascape and lovely rock in FG with wonderful colors, great light and superb transparent water, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-14 10:24]

Hi Tony this is the most beautiful looking place i have seen. The clour and deatil you have captured is first class. the sea and sky are so just spot on. you have chosen the compostion so well. .TFS.

We had tree like this in the Azores. I think they were imported from New Zealand or Australia. This a beautiful seascape. Kepp it up.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-14 11:57]

Hi Tony,
a very well seen composition here, the clarity and colours really help to make this a beauitful shot. Those leaves in the water really add something special too, well done!

Hi Tony,
Grandiose, ça fait rêver, très belles couleurs et superbe composition.

Hello my old friend,
this shot is just .... wowwwwwwww
fantastic colours, sharpness and point of view
outstanding composition,
à great cheer

Ciao Tony,
le tue foto di paesaggi sono sempre molto belle.
Ma questa è davvero grandiosa.
Trasmette un senso di libertà e di gioia di vivere :)
Grazie davvero per condividere con noi e farci conoscere questi veri paradisi naturali.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-14 15:05]

Hi Ho,
What a beautiful, peaceful beach and what a wonderful photo. Nature at its best!
Thank you sharing this beauty.
José Miguel.

Merhaba Tony, dear friend
I had missed your great landcapes. You also presented another superb scene again. many thanks. Everything wonderful, from lihgting and composition to POV and leaves on water surfaces. Very beautiful place. I hope I can visit there in future. best wishes

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-14 23:08]

Perfect beautiful landscape shot Tony.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-14 23:16]

Hi friend Tony,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Hi Tony,

The placement of the tree stump is so important here to creating balance across the image, and encouraging the eye to jump between the pictures two main focal points. Colours are nice and natural and the red flowers on the tree stand out so well. Nicely done.


Hi Tony,
A beautiful beachscape. Excellent composition and well planned by placing the stone or log in the foreground. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-15 5:05]

Hi Tony

A very beautiful sunny scenery from you here! I'm glad so see some of this :) I was hoping and wishing for an early spring here a couple of days ago and what do i get? 2 inches of snow ;) ..."Perfect"!

Anyway, i like the way you composed this shot.
You have very nice interesting elements both in the FG, middle and the BG.
That cut tree looks nice (sure it would have looked even better if it were a piece of driftwood not a sawed one, but we work with what we can find), the Pohutuwa tree on the left is gorgeous and the fluffy white clouds in the back are also a great addition to the scene.
Overall well exposed, with lovely colors and excellent sharpness.

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-15 8:20]

Hello Tony, it's nice to see a wonderful landscape like that, it is a fantastic photo with a great quality, well done again,thanks!


Hello Tony,

This is so clever! That piece of driftwood at the edge of the water draws the eye straight in! Then the leaves around it tease the eyes outwards to enjoy the wonderful tones of colour and the beautiful tree! Well done, my friend!

Best wishes from a cold but bright England,
Bev :-)

Hi Tony,

This is really la nice sharp image. Even at 2.8 that little camera does a great job on landscape shots. I like your composition a lot... nice foreground elements and background clouds. The colors look very natural.

Evelynn : )

  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-15 14:51]

Hello Tony,
Very beautiful picture, indeed the tree looks like a christmas tree.. Very nice presentation and composition.. Well done


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-15 15:54]

Tony, I am moving to New-Zealand tomorrow! Needless to say that without your keen photographic eye I wouldn't move from my place for anything! This is superb and so well composed, a paradise. The richness and abundance of the immense tree with the clouds, the dead leaves, the tree trunk, the water... my God, such a simple picture revealing so much. Thank you Tony, this is splendid,


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-15 18:48]

Hi Tony.
Bella imagen. Exelentes colores y contraste. Como dice Jose Ignacio(jignasi) YO tambien quiero estar ahi. Deben ser unos lugares muy hermosos.
Saludos Tony.
Un fuerte abrazo y un saludo.

Dear Tony,
splendid scenery, turned into an absolutely perfectly composed image in a masterly way. Wonderful Christmas Time - indeed! Cheering me up on a cold day, thank you!
My best regards,

Hi Tony,
A very effective composition where the old log balances the photo perfectly. I like how the red color of the leaves return in the flowering tree. It connects the bottom part with the top. Considering the harsh light, you got good exposure.

Hello Tony, wonderfully composed shot nice low pov good fore and back ground. dof is just perfect. i like the colours esp the in the tree, adds a lot of interest.tfs Best rgds Necip

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-16 14:00]

Hello Tony

Wow,I wish I could see those trees in bloom some day.
That is absolutely beautiful,the contrast against the blue sky is superb.
The shot is well composed with tack sharp focus,
Great job.


Hi Tony
Beautiful colors in this scenery shot. Great POV. Taken on what looks like a beautiful day. Very nicely done!!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-17 12:31]

Hi Tony

Wonderful vibrant colour tones and a beautifully crisp, clear shot. The rock makes perfect FG detail. Another lovely seascape



Hi Tony,
What a wonderful picture with this amazing tree, excellent tones of colors, saturation, composition, exposure and POV. This is beautiful, like a dream!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-20 8:24]

Hi Tony.
I cannot dream about such fantastic landscape pictures. That is why I have put it in my favorite folder. Fantastic shot, amazing place and terrific quality of reproduction of this beauty. Bravo, my friend and many thanks for pleasure.

Hi Tony,
Beautiful place,beautiful composition.
Best regards,

Hi Tony,
This is a superb landscape shot and beautiful capture of Christmas tree. Vivid colours, shadows on the water surface, cloudy whether, all are splendid my friend. Great composition in all respects. TFS.
Greetings from TR,

Hi My Dear Friend,

Its a real dream !!
Fascinating !!
Excellent image, in lights, tones and composition.
All the best.


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