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Well Groomed Trees!

Well Groomed Trees!
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-21
Categories: Humorous, Nature, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 10-22 3.5/4.5 USM, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-02-01 6:14
Viewed: 1804
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A hard one to get right with the bad weather and the backlighting. I did not get it right but I kinda like it anyway. I liked these trees! Shot taken from the driver window of a rental car near Gordes in France.

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Hello Mario
Wonderful capture this lovely tree!
Great colors and light!

Ótima profundidade de campo, Mario.
Muito bem composta sua imagem.
Grande ponto de vista, meu caro.
Meus parabéns e obrigado!

Have a wonderful day :o)
Bruno Santana

Well yes I agree .. difficult light conditions, however you did well to capture this scene from your car window. I do like the composition and the tops of those trees against the dramatic sky.
It must be a lot of work to keep these trees all looking so pristine :)
Have a nice week Mario

Bonjour Mario

Ces cyprès ont effectivement une taille particulière qui leur donne une forme amusante!!!
L'ensemble est très esthétique ...Mais où est donc le soleil???

What a lovely trees.
I like very much this beautiful compo.
Played a bit with it. See Ws, hope you don't mind

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-02-01 6:46]


Coiffé comme des châpeuax pointus, sueprbe compode cette ahie avec le trace au sol, ce léger jaune, le brillant de l'eau, même les lampadaires sont en vert, grandiose.

Bravo et amitié


Bonjour Mario,

C'est absolument magnifique j'adore ce genre de taille.
Je connais le nom depuis longtemps, on appelle cela ( l'art topiaire ) l'art qui consiste à tailler ces arbustes de manières différentes, on le voit de plus en plus chez le particulier mais surtout dans les jardins entre autre celui-ci, Versailles etc...etc...
Magnifique capture, belles couleurs, bravissimo.
Belle semaine à toi.


Hi Mario - Beautiful, fanciful composition. I like the jolly trees contrasted with the morose sky.

Hello Mario,

great shot of these groomed trees - they have a surreal wonderland look to them. Nice point of view along the path..I like the foreboading sky and lighting in the background.

- Jan

Hi Mario..it is a pleasure to wake up and see your great shots in the morning. Wonderful tones and light here...Great shot.


Hello Mario!

I like many subjects, and manicured landscapes are one of them. This is a beautiful scene, and your POV and composition are very nice.

I took a shot yesterday with a similar situation, but opposite. Do you think a smaller aperture setting would have helped? I'm trying to learn these things.

I think it's a great shot that I would be proud of, and the clouds are awesome!


Bonjour Mario,
C'est vrai que ces arbres sont magnifiques!
excellent cliché malgré le mauvais temps ,
belles couleurs et détails.

Hello, Mario -
Fantastic image - perfect POV (from your car window, no less!) and the low light actually gives it a slightly foreboding feel which is very effective. The repeating oddly shaped trees are a wonderful device. Excellent.

Hi Mario
wonderfully shaped trees under dramatic sky.
good pov for a fine capture.
well composed with the curved path.
beautiful deep colors.

Ciao Mario!
What a wonderful place and interesting tree!
Nice light!
Beautiful colours!
All the best!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-02-01 9:15]

Hello Mario!

Originally cut off trees, they look beautifully.
Miraculous composition, colours, light and sharpness.
Very curious formulation!!!
I congratulate realization!

My best wishes.

The weather worked in your favour here Mario - those clouds add such drama to the scene, giving the trees an appearance of strange creatures waiting to be woken by a strike of lightning from above.

The the light has also created a rim light effect down the edges of the trees, which is fantastic!

I do wish the lampposts weren't there!


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-02-01 9:51]

Hi Mario,

The darkness and ominous clouds make the well groomed trees look like sentries guarding who knows what. I like the view down the winding path. Interesting work.

Best regards,

Hi Mario, I like what Rew says about this shot, but the lampposts don´t bother to me because that scenario is not wild nature, it´s human controlled nature (the path, the trees prune...)

The wet path texture and colour looks beautiful and looks like those clouds have already given us part of their fruit :)


Hi Mario,
Very interesting place vith intersting trees.Good POV, lighting and colours.TFS.


Hello Mario,
Beautiful colours and sharp picture, nice work and details. Fantastic shot. Well done.
have a nice day

Hi Mario Belanger,

WOW...what a composition with so much beautiful dark colors,the strong colors and well exposed with low light condition is a master piece of yours,very nice POV with good details,the sharpness is perfect,very well done my friend.

Have a nice day,
Mushtaq Hussain

Ciao Mario,

An interesting site with wonderful trees!
I like their drop-shaped form keeping great control on DOF.

The clouds add great mood into the shot. For me, a kind of 3-D composition!

best regards,

Ciao Mario, difficult light, but fascinating composition with great perspective in a wonderful garden, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello dear Mario!

This is so wonderful and splendid shot dear Mario! Such shots one would only imagine in animated cartoons or movies like Harrypotter. Very dramatic and lovely composition and mood here.

TFS, indeed a lovely shot!

Best Regards,

Hola Mario
Preciosa composicion con esta fila de arboles de suaves contornos que dan a la imagen una sensacion de estar en un mundo de fantasia , felicidades
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Boa noite mario
Very well composed and very interesting shapes and road.
Beautiful composition and unusual.
My regards

Ciao Mario,

beautiful composition, like always, light difficult, but controlled for the best, perspective dominated with proper objective.

Thanks for sharing

Well manicured trees indeed! Great shot, TFS

Bonjour Mario.
L’effet météo est bien rendu dans cette image et le ciel chargé donne un aspect naturel à cette photo.
Le cadrage est aussi bien posé avec le chemin qui amène le regard au centre de l’image.
Bonne journée.

I like it too, with your POV and composition to get the street lights well placed for the best visibility against the trees.
Well done,

Hello Mario, a good perspective looking down the avenue of beautifully shaped trees.
You are very critical of your shot, but the grey sky and the backlighting make this a beautiful picture.
I like the lamp-posts, I don't know why, but they do add something to the composition.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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