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Desert Winter

Desert Winter
Photo Information
Copyright: Michael Jessop (michaelman) (220)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-14
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/550 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-13 2:45
Viewed: 2406
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To start off I cropped this image to this scene then I blurred a bit to make the tree stand out then I resized the photo.
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Hi Michael,
I have to apologize that I observed you so late on TL, a very belated welcome though! You have a good master around you. This is a great capture, excellent composition using the rule of thirds. Maybe a bit more contrast will enhance the strong colours of Namibia. Anyway good to see you on TL! Keep on doing the good work!

Hi Michael,
Fantastic texture and DOF!
Beautiful colors and scenery.
You did a WONDERFUL job.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-01-13 3:35]

Hi Michael...
Beautiful shot with nice natural scene...
Nice timing...

I recognized this tree!!! :) You've done a really good job of isolating the tree Michael, with your blurring of the BG ...it actually looks 3-D. Nicely composed shot too.

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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2010-01-13 7:42]

I'm afraid i too am an offendor of late recognition Michael.
My work schedule denies me the pleasure of spending the time i'd like on trek-lens, and i've often seen your name against images, but have rarley had an opportunity to spend time commenting/critiquing.

You have indeed got an excellent teacher to pass on his skills, however, it seems to me you have a natural eye and an artistic imagination.

This is a fine shot.
The crisp focus on the main subject with the blurred foreground and background presents a strong, punchy image.
Beautiful strong colours and tones.

I am travelleing to Dubai on business on 26th Jan for a week. I hope I get to see some sights instead of just hotels, Taxi cabs and office walls.

Keep up the good work, Michael. Methinks you're gonna go far in this hobby

well done,


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-01-13 10:08]

Hi Michael,

The barren tree is well placed in the frame and your pp work isloates it nicely. A simple subject, but well executed. I think it's great that you and your dad share this wonderful hobby!

Best regards,

You have done a great job on this one, the blur is effective to isolate the tree; the composition and the exposure settings were all perfect.

My only advice would be - add blur to the distant objects but not to the near ones (i.e. the ground at the base of the tree should not be blurred.) It will look more natural that way. :)


Hello Michael - I like the blur effect you have used to isolate the tree because it is very effective! Beautiful sand and sky colors.

A good composition Michael. What a wonderful shape that tree has too.
I agree with the comment not to blur the foreground. However, I think this is a most effective picture; well done!
Love, Grannie.


Another terrific tree shot from you. The dunes, sand, and tree certainly indicate a very dry land. I've always enjoyed shadows in photos and this one adds the extra little "punch" for this photo. It's so tempting to center things in a photo sometimes, but the off placement really works on this one. Enjoy your weekend! :) Lisa

Bonjour Michael
Nice composition , nice tree, nice colours,nice light and shadows.You were right in blurring sand in the back ground; but you forgot to do it between the lowest branches on the right.But it's nothing

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