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Christmas Stars

Christmas Stars
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-22
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-24 21:53
Viewed: 4533
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It has been an interesting week. Some of the romantic charm of having a "White Christmas" has worn off in the face of ice and snow and power outages and lost internet connections, and being house bound with no TV, no computer, and no escape due to ice, snow and downed trees. There were some beautiful moments though. I briefly posted a different version (the wrong version) of this shot several days ago... I deleted it and instantly we lost power and this is the first opportunity to get back to TN.

This was taken on the first full day of winter soon after awakening to the results of an overnight snow storm and a following ice storm. Our sweet gum tree, still holding on to autumn's leaves, was further decorated by ice. I liked the way it outlined each leaf and twig. The following day however, this branch was gone along with much of the tree. Sweet Gums just snap when there is an ice storm. There are a lot of these trees in our neighborhood and it can sound like a war zone with tree branches snapping off on all sides of us.

I did like these red Christmas stars and hope they further brighten your day.

Happy Holidays to one and all!

tuslaw, manyee, Pearl, jconceicao, oanaotilia, SelenE, boreocypriensis, Heaven, eng55, gracious, matatur, marhowie, loot, eqshannon, horia, Dis. Ac., trekks, CeltickRanger, vanderschelden, SunToucher, Adanac, ana974 has marked this note useful
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-24 22:07]

Perfect natural Christmas Stars Evelynn,
You had a very good eye for spotting such a neat image!! Love the way the ice seems to be outlining the beautiful red leaves.
"Merry Christmas" to your family also....

Hello Evelynn

That is really unique and well seen.
The contrast is lovely and the dark BG makes a super backdrop.
The icy coating is perfect.
Wonderful natural colours,and apt for Christmas day.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-24 22:43]

I am very happy to see that you got your internet back...
and just in time for Christmas!
This is a very cool picture... Such an apt name too.
Funny how the layer of ice gives each leaf a third dimension.
Very interesting indeed.
Merry Christmas to you and Jerry. : )

Ciao Evelynn, lovely Christmas card with splendid focus, great winter composition with frozen leaves, very well done, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, ciao Silvio

Hi Evelynn,
Excellent capture of these beautiful Christmas leaves; great POV and composition, sharp details and bright colours.
Best Wishes!

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-12-25 0:44]

Hello Evelynn,

A very beautiful capture of these red leaves which does look like stars... A very well composed picture taken in an effective POV. Lovely colors and tones, Good details which is clear and crisp. Lovely lighting and great focusing. A very nice presentation. Merry Christmas to you and your family. TFS.


Hello Evelynn,

Great photo.
Beautiful colours with excellent details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.


hello Evelynn

very nice and good coloured picture

i see the Christmas stars very good!!

Greeting lou

Hy Evelynn
Interesting frozen red leaves against the green BG, good indeed for Christmas trees.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Regards Oana

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-25 5:43]

Hi Evelynn,
What a nice detail :o) Well seen and photographed. Colors, contrast, POV and composition are very nice.
Happy holidays

Hi Silvio,
A wonderful shot of these star-shaped leaves with snow. Excellent details and sharpness, nice composition.
Hope you have a very happy Christmas.


very nice stars...with wonderful colors
merry christmas for you

Hi Evelynn!

Many thanks for these delightful Christmas Stars! They really look beautiful! We also have a white Christmas this year and I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all the best for the new year. may all your dreams come true...!

Kind regards


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-25 10:26]

Hi Evelynn,
Very nice Christmas post.Well seen and composed.Colors,contrast,BG and POV are perfect.
Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing.

Hello my friend Evelynn,
Thank you so much for this wonderful image of the Christmas stars with snow!!
very cheerful and pleasant indeed for this festive season!!
I am here to wish you and family
greeting from NZ

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-12-25 14:05]

Beautiful "stars". Great composition and color!

TFS! Happy Holidays!


A fine vertical composition indeed Evelynn, the finely focused and backlighted "stars" look so lovely against the dark BG, have the best of everything this holiday season my friend.

Hi Evelynn,
Very nice, the icy red stars look grand.
Most appropriate Christmas image my dear.
Artfully composed & a well contrasted BG that compliments.
Excellent color & exposure..Way cool ;}
Merry Christmas!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-12-25 18:56]

Hi Evelynn

Isn't it amazing how dependent modern man (ok, woman too) has become of electricity. Our existence almost comes to a crashing halt when there is no power available. I know, we've had numerous "power sharing" outages (actually it was a daily 4 hours cut that continued for months) this past year due to the inadequacy of ESKOM (the South African energy supplier) to provide this much needed commodity.

These iced up red Christmas stars are rather unique. It has the right colours for the season, red and white, but it was very well seen and captured and absolutely appropriate for this seasons greetings.

Well done and TFS.

PS. I am rather pushed for time this year so please pardon me for my short comment. It is more important that I want to thank you for the friendship you extended to me during this past 2008. Also, I want to wish you and your loved ones a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year. May this Christ-fest and the imminent 2009 bring you everything that is beautiful and admirable, provide all your needs with blissful abundance, present you with that which is edifying and inspiring, grant you blessed peace and harmony, and bestow upon you a myriad of worthwhile pleasures and breathtaking moments with close friends and dear family.

Me too! And it keeps coming and so I lack images to post...I have run out of ideas from my back door:-) good moment capture..

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-26 0:29]
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Hi Evelynn and Merry Christmas!

This is fantastic! I honestly see this on Christmas postcards...i'm not at all kidding or exaggerating. It's the best seasonal photo i've seen here this year!
The shape of the leaves here is impressive - some wonderful perfect stars, culminating with the lowest one which is most beautiful. The colors of the "stars" is amazing - a gorgeous and vivid red - and the fact that they have that fine frosting on then (and it's 100% natural) is simply surreal!

I hope you had a great Christmas together with your loved ones and i wish you only the best for the next year!

Cheers and TFS

Hi Evelynn,

nice shot from these frzen leafs.
Good pov and dof, beautiful colors.


  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2008-12-26 2:51]

hello Evelynn

I like the title you used for this capture of the icy branch of leaves, well presented to show the falling branch and color of ice vs the red leaves.

The bokeh effect is actually working to make the branch stand out for attention here, and the fact that the BG blur is green providing a good contrast too. Good work.

tfs, bill

hello Evelynn

very beautiful shot of these tree leafs that the frost
did an white contour and gives the stars effect, TFS

Happy Holiadys also for you


Hello Evelynn,
I think you like to play with colors amidst the power outages.
Star rating: more than five apparently..

The contrast is lovely and the dark BG makes a super backdrop

Hi Evelynn,
I was wondering when the first photos from your winter outing would show up on TN. It seems you were ready for it, but PacfiCorp wasn't.
The frosted leaves look really wonderful. The red color contrast perfectly with the dark green BG. The white crust around it is very beautiful and makes them look like candy.
I've read all critiques very quickly and can't understand that nobody commented about the bottom section of the photo. The result of the cloning(?) is too obvious and should have been done with more care. Go in closer and use a softer brush.

Killer shot, Evelynn. Great subject. Amazing colors. Really nice light to capture this, too. This is a stunner. I really like the bottom star best, so I hope you shot a cu of that one, too.
Happy New Year.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-29 3:55]

Hello Evelynn,
This is superb my friend, I like how you used the backlighting to illuminate the ice on the stars. With the red leaves and the green background this is a great Christmas posting. Thanks Evelynn.

Good photo, lovely contrast between the red leaves and dark background TFS

It was interesting for me living in a hot climate to read what happens to you when you have a snow storm.

Hello Evelynn!
This is one of the most beautiful picture Ive ever seen here on TN!Congrats!
Best regards, Ana

Hello Evelyn!

Great gallery. This one shot is extraordinary. Amazing flowers covered with snow or frost. Great contrasts between main theme and grey background.


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