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Windy forest

Windy forest
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/32, 5 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your favorites, Abstract Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 2:43
Viewed: 3640
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's been quite some time that since i've posted something more abstract and thought i'd give it a go now :)

Nothing special here really - just a nice spring forest on a late afternoon, with the wind blowing through the branches of the trees. I liked the natural contrast here between the fresh leaves on one side and the bark and dead leaves down on the other. Also, i liked the geometry of the scene here because as you can see the vertical lines are perfectly still while the horizontal ones are all blurred.

Hardly any processing here...the effect is entirely made by the camera, with the longer exposure and the motion of the branches. Only converted from RAW, cropped a tiny bit, resized and sharpenned.

I must confess i had a very strong influence from Guy Edwardes for this shot as i've seen similar work on his website and in his book.

Hope you'll like it and have a superb weekend everyone!

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 48mm
Shutter Speed: 5 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: -2/3
F-Stop: f/32
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 5 PM
Weather conditions: clear

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To SunToucher: Long time no talk :)horia 1 05-12 05:39
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Hi Horia
Unusual shot. I like it very much. Interesting DOF fun. Do you remember the film Robin Hood with Clannad music. Your photo has a similar mood

I am so pleased you are back to posting and your perfect treescape of quite some depth, gives me reason to go back to my landscapes soon....Very nicely done and an eye pleaser as well as something which draws me much further into the image!

Hello Horia,
Good idea and experiment if I may call like that. The trees are sharp versus the unsharp leaves due to the long shutter speed and the windy conditions.
More than a forest depicted here, it's getting something mysterious and dreamy.
Well done, Horia.

You've captured motion(of the wind) very well, indeed.
I can't help wondering why you've given the trees an indigo tint, though..And that's not taking away anything from this beautiful shot...Just wondering...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-03 10:41]

Bravo, Horia.
You are true artist. I like your superb creative approach and fantastic of expressiveness result. I cannot imagine this idea. The green leaves and small twigs look like small clouds on a BG which is created by solid powerful trunks. Bravo. Excellent job. I welcome it warmly.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-03 14:27]

Very good to see you experimenting!
I love the effect the long exposure has given to the wind-blown leaves and branches.
Excellent composition too.
Love it!!!
Well done Horia!

Cheers mate,


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-03 15:07]
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Hi Horia

First let me congratulate you on trying something completely different and succeeding in creating a pleasant peaceful yet somewhat dreamy image that is soothing and relaxing on the senses. It's those trees and the greenery that does it. As you said, the vertical lines are still and this caused strong and sharply focused lines while the horizontal lines are blurry and soft and this really gives the shot its wonderful dreamy effect. Somewhere in between this all I was expecting to so some kind of a 'Jack in the Beanstalk' character lurking in the background (chuckle).

The horizontal composition worked well for this shot. The fact that you selected 3 trees as main subjects also shows that you kept some 'rules of composition' in mind. The lovely textures of the tree surfaces and the deep saturated colours fall well on the eyes. Although one cannot really see that deep into the bushes one still gets a tremendous sense of depth due to the amazing aperture setting at f/32. The combination with the 5 second shutter speed of course created the wonderful movement of the leaves resulting in the blurry outcome, but it also ensured the well controlled exposure levels.

Good work and TFS.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-05-03 23:22]

Hi Horia!

You certainly imagine that I appreciate that kind of pictures very much. I especially find the blurred spots in the foreground good and interesting. They give the picture a special touch and suit the title very well. I also like the vertical composition, but regret a little bit the lack of light. A little glow on a part of these trees would be welcome.

Kind regards


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-05-04 3:07]

Yes, it is rather abstract but I quite like the look of the new growth looking so blurred, but also so green.
Nice one Horia

Buna Horia
Ma bucur ca mai pot admira din cand in cand fotografiile tale exceptionale!E o imagine simpla, care imi aminteste de padurile pe care le cutreieram...
Imi place contrastul puternic dintre verdele crud si tulpinile (fagi??)copacilor.
Numai bine

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-04 6:32]

Hello Horia, Nice shot of this green foresh and good note. The blurred image of the green just adds to the liveness. Ganesh

Hello Horia,
Dense forest always carry an atmosphere of mystery, making us wonder what we may find in there..!
I like this depiction, fine repetition effect in the contrasty trunks and the frame has a good sense of depth...
Lovely spring colours, never is the green as green as in spring!
Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-06 7:23]

Hello Horia,
Interesting experiment resulting in ultra-sharp tree trunks as far as the eye can see with 'clouds' of fresh green leaves around giving a surrealistic effect: like a dream!
We need you to try out such things to add to the diversity of TN.
Thanks for that, Horia!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-07 6:26]

Hi Horia,
Wow....this is a very skillful work and you have presented a masterpiece here. The blur on the leaves gives such an outstanding visual with the sharp tree trunks standing atll. Very creative and artful. Great management of available lighting and I like the dense setting and symmetrical alignment. Simply majestic. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Horia,
This one ticked all the boxes. Just a shear stunner. The colors and composition also give me a relax and smoothing feel. I think I want to remember this one even more and put it in my favorites. It surely is an inspirational one.

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