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Bratley View

Bratley View
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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: 2009-02-03
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Haraprasan's Favs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-08 11:10
Viewed: 3840
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

hope you're all having, or have had a good weekend. The now notorious snow of 2009 continues here in the UK, with a alot more accompianed by gale force winds expected tomorrow.
This shot though, is another from last week, when all the interesting weather started and i had a day off of work. After a rather intense drive through thick snow flurries and on untreated icey roads early in the morning, we made it to here, Bratley View.
This spot has featured before here on TN, but usually it's the pool of water behind and it's beautiful reflection that gets the attention. This time, as we trudged across virgin powder, this tree and it's long shadow from the low early sun cast across a perfect white carpet of snow grabbed my eye. You can see the next wave of snow lurking on the horizon behind the tree.
I have ALOT of snowy scenes from this day, so i'm afraid i'm going to bore you with a few more yet!
In the meantime, hope you like this one, thanks for looking and have a good week ahead :o)

shot in RAW, a tweak of curves, exposure reduced by -3, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-02-08 11:20]

Hello Paul,
you captured this peculiar light and mood in a perfect manner. The point of view is well selected avoiding
over-exposure and showing the large impressive shadow of the tree.
You show a beautifully composed and attractive picture!
Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Paul, great dreaming composition with fantastic great tree, fascinating light and wonderful long shadow, I like a lot, bravissimo, 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)
  • [2009-02-08 11:42]

Hi Paul. This is a first class picture. To me the best one you have done so far. It has everything needed for a class one picture. The light, detail ,colour,compostion. The way you have placed the large tree with the sun behind with the cloulds coming out of the top like a fire. and the shadows o the snow. I am not that good with words but i know what i like. so this is of to my favorites.very well done TFS.

Hi Paul
Fantastic. Great low POV great shadows and light mosai and perfect exposure. Another great image from fantastic place
Best wishes


If there is 'the way' to do landscape photography... we're looking at it right now. Just like Nick said, it is a first class picture. Its got awesome colors, POV, amazing DOF and wonderful composition. Excellent, excellent work. TFS.

Best Regards,


striking pic, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-08 12:54]

Hello Paul,
This is so beautiful.Very nice tree silhouette in very beautiful and warm colors. Superb! with very good exposition and a beautiful composition. The note is very educative and clear.Best regards Siggi

  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-08 13:32]

Hello Paul,

Amazing scene captured, beautiful picture!
great composition and POV, beautiful colors,

*be back!

hello Paul

another of your superb and very beautiful landscape photos,
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent timing
to shoot the photo when the sun is behind the tree,
great contrast between the image's cold and warm colour tones,



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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-08 19:53]

Hello Paul!

Your picture reflects the winterly atmosphere at best. The dramatic sky and the magnificent lightplay make it an outstanding one. The composition with the bush on the left and the long fingers of the tree's shadow is superb and leads us well into the picture. I like the picture very much although I find the effect of the polarizing filter too strong.

Kind regards


Hi Paul,
I think you are pretty dear to God :). How you see these beauties of nature. Just marvelous.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Fantastic is the word which will also be less for this amaging framing quality outdoor and hats off to the photographer.Heartiest greetings.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-02-09 2:17]

hi paul,
beautiful winter landscape, good use of light and silhouetted tree is great in this image. tfs.

Hi Paul,
Beautiful winter scene! I love the tree silhouette.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-09 5:29]

Paul, superb shot and excellent moment you have captured. Brilliant POV and great landscape shot. Ganesh

simply stunning image

Hello Paul
This has it all..best bits for me are the foreground left and the shadows from the tree..Exemplary work..And all with a kit lense!
All the Best

Hi Paul,

Apologise Paul I haven’t been past for a while, missed quite a few postings. This is stunning wow what a light show, amazing colours and detail excellent dof, wonderful shadows on the snow, really an amazing landscape mate, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Paul,

I like it very much.I like you can pull every aspect of elements, from colour, light, form, time, space and depth in one frame.The most dramatic is light penetrate on the ground snow, so pleasant to see with mystery clouds behind the leafless tree.Nice to see the best touch from you.Pitty that this pic. appear during my busy time.TFS.


Selamlar Paul,
Manzara fotoğrafı mükemmel olmuş,
ışık parmakları çok güzel ayrıca kar ve güneş enfes olmuş.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

This is a very effective shot! The composition is very cool, and the long shadows really add some depth to the shot, I also love the blue shadowy tones. Nicely done!


hi Paul

what a wonderful shot. It is stunning. I really like the way that you have hidden the sun behind the tree to allow for the long shadows to come towards the viewer. the tree is really stunning.


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