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Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-05 4:25
Viewed: 3556
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Staying with my current California theme, this image shows an icon of the central coast, just south of Monterrey.

This cypress tree is near both the shore (60 m away) and the famous Pebble Beach golf course (20 m). Despite the golf course proximity, this tree appeared to be as natural in planting and growth as any of the many other cypress trees I saw that day.

They are beautiful trees, partly because of the way they reflect their rugged environment. Though the cold is not severe like the Maine coast, they must deal with one problem that places just as much stress on a tree. The wind blows invariably onshore, sometimes near gale force for days on end. The cypress trees can either go with the flow (quite literally) or be broken by the brutal winter winds off the ocean.

This tree has obviously made the necessary adjustments to survive in this harsh ecological niche. By doing that, it has become a natural wooden weathervane, leaving little doubt about which direction you would go to find the Pacific Ocean.

tech notes- slight rotation & cropping, one step sharpening, significant shadow/highlight adjustment and contrast boost, no color manipulation

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To Ishi: botanyBobH 2 04-06 23:58
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-05 5:08]
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Hi Bob !
Nice picture.
Some clear and beautiful colors. Excellent.
Very good surprise.

Have a nice day,

A great shot here of this beautiful cypress tree "adjusting" to the conditions. It's a beautiful shot and an amazing tree. Just a note for you...in the Bay Area, and not just down by Pebble Beach, the winds are pretty regular by the ocean...especially in the summertime. It is very common to see trees that have adjusted like this, to varying degrees, in our cities, where the growth is mostly away from the direction of the wind. Very nicely done.

Hi Bob,
Lovely shot with brilliant colors and excellent composition.
I wonder how the sky became noisy. ISO 80 should not have resulted into that. Th enoise doesn't spoil this excellent shot thought.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-04-05 10:54]
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Beautiful combination of colors and forms. Lovely composition.



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-08 10:14]
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Hi Bob.
First-class image. First of all it is terrific subject. Second, you managed to reflect the state of nature extremely well. Technically shot is executed perfectly too. My compliments and TFS.

Different, Unique, Beautiful! National Geographic Magazine worthy for sure!

JoeG, Louisville, KY

Hello Bob.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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