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Cold winter

Cold winter
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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: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-19
Categories: Trees, Mountain
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-21 12:16
Viewed: 3702
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well since Paul and Niek both posted some nice winterscapes today, i couldn't just stand by :)

I was actually away this weekend, with a friend at his house in the countryside. As probably most of Europe, we've had our share of snowfall this past week and so the premises for a good photo session were there. However, despite the nice natural surroundings there, i couldn't get any impressive shots due to the very hazy and cloudy weather.
Despite that, i'm happy to post my first shot with my own ultra-wide Sigma 10-20mm that i hope i'll test some more in the cold Austrian mountains in the first days of January.

Until then, i wish all of you, friends, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Hope you'll like it and thanks for visiting.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Filters: Cokin P121M ND Grad.
Focal Length: 10mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/10
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 1 PM
Weather conditions: cloudy and hazy

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-21 12:46]

Dear Horia!

I'm so glad to hear from you and to discover this superb winterly scenery. You have joined Paul, Niek and in a way me, too... The atmosphere in your picture is very seasonal and reflects the winter at best. I like the unity of the colour tones very much and the absence of pronounced contrasts highlights the impression of peace and serenity. Moreover, the simplicity of the composition and the perfect lighting make this picture an outstanding one!

Kind regards


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-12-21 14:06]

Greetings Horia,
This image certainly put me in the holiday mood, and makes me dream of a white Christmas.
Love everything about this photo, I wouldn't even know how to put it in words.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-21 20:09]

Hello Horia,
A breathtaking winter scene showing a part of your world that I will probably never get to see first hand. Composed and framed wonderfully with natural beauty and color!!

Here in Lodz the winter is also already present but as for now - not so cold :)
Lovely presentation Horia! I like composition and panoramic viev (even if composition is rather narrow). Grey clouds add something special to this presentation, and the Pinus tree (???) makes natural frame of the photo.
All the best my Friend and Merry Christmas!!! :)

Hello Horia! Wonderful winter landscape. Interesting vertical format. Good capture. Very good exposure. Nice light and bright. Original shot. Well done!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-22 1:16]

Hi Horia,
Very nice winter scane.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked large DOF,exposure and POV a lot.Merry Christmas for you and your family.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Horia,

Hope you'll be doing fine. This is a fine photo of frozen winter landscape with woods standing deep and silent and life dormant. Feel like writing a poem about it...smile...thanks for sharing...warmest regards/Abid

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-22 3:01]

So...you now have the amazing Sigma 10-20 at last! In your hands it will create some masterpieces, i am sure. I bet you can't wait to get perfect shooting conditions eh? Although you seem to be doing ok so far! I really like you POV here, as always your composition has made the best use of the way the land lies, creating huge depth. Exposure looks good and tells the story of that winter light perfectly. I predict we will be seeing alot more from you and this great lens...well done! (Just watch out for catching your own feet in the frame when you use it portrait style ;o)
Hope you have a great christmas, thanks for you email mate.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-22 4:45]

Very fine landscape, almost monochrome one. tfs.

Sculaţi, gazde, nu dormiţi,
Vremea e să vă treziţi.
Casa să vi-o aranjaţi,
Flori de măr,
Şi masa s-o Óncărcaţi
Flori de măr.

Că umblăm şi colindăm
La mulţi ani să vă urăm,
Să trăiţi, să-ntineriţi,
Flori de măr,
Pentru mulţi ani fericiţi,
Flori de măr.

Craciun fericit!

Salut Horia
Un peisaj fain,de iarna.
Un Craciun fericit alaturi de cei dragi si un An Nou plin de realizari ( fotografice si cu docul)!
Toate cele bune,

Hi Horia,
What is more beautiful than snow and mountains. Consider yourself luck to have a friend with a house near this wonderful stretch of nature. It is great to see you bought the 10-20 lens, and I am sure it will help you make many beautiful photos. It will certainly change your perspective when looking through the lens.
I like te minimum pallete of colors and the fine details on the FG. The bleak winter sun added something extra to the photo and gave some warmth to the sky.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-27 7:11]

Hi Horia.
My best wishes for Holiday Season and coming New Year. I hope we will see more shots from you in 2010.

Your first use of wide angle lens is wonderful. Very delicate reproduction of light colour shades. I like crisp sharp details of all scene. Well done and best regards.

Dear Horia,
Bihor is definitely good for you - I saw - much of your excellent work was photographed in this area.

My first thought - when I saw this "cold" landscape - was "Emma". There is no doubt a case of "Seelenverwandschft" between you and her.

Your ability to convey temperature in a photo is quite amazing!

I did also check the "medium", because the shades/variations of white/grey/black are stunning.

I notice the dark ridge, so successfully used in your previous photo "Mountains and Snow for Emma" - this time leading from 9 o'clock in your photo to the tree on the right hand side.

The cold is emphasised by the grey winter-sky, promising further snowfall any minute soon.

Another "cold" factor is the horizon melting into the sky in the far distance.

Last not least, the deep snow in the foreground makes me think of cold feet - making it necessary to stamp the ground...

a "Post Card" Landscape, masterfully presented.

Best Wishes for 2010
from a hot South Africa

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