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Cold as Ice!

Cold as Ice!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2046 W: 608 N: 5483] (22131)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2010-12-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED DX
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): cinemascope awards [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-02 3:23
Viewed: 1556
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Morning Everyone,

This shot of Derwent Water, in The Lake District, make give some impression of the severely cold weather that was experienced in December. At times, the temperature dropped to -18C.

Although that seems an extreme for England, for many, it just added to the serene beauty of the landscape.

This pov is from the east side of the lake, looking across in the direction of Cat Bells.

Many thanks for stopping by. May I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year, Bev :-)

Shot in RAW.
Converted with PSE6.
pp cloned out some twigs to the left, converted to b&w, sharpened, added borders and signed

Kilted-Arab, parasbhalla, mvdisco, mushtaqhussain, daisydaisy, tyro, cloud, Teresat has marked this note useful
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To Kilted-Arab: Cold as Ice!Royaldevon 2 01-02 15:38
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Hi Bev - I think there is a lot of class to this image. It has a timeless simplicity and beauty and exudes a sense of calm. The bare tree is lovely and sharp, the snow covered hills in the distance are well exposed and their reflection in the lake are a nice touch. I could easily see this on the walls of a Lake District hotel or bar - I like this a lot. I do, however, have a slight reservation about the angle of the shoreline. It is probably a bit of an optical illusion caused by the angle of the shoreline, but I am a little uncomfortable with the perceived tilt and personally I may have rotated this clockwise a wee bit. I'm also not a fan of signatures - here it could easily be cloned out and I find it distracting. Sorry, just a personal niggle. Also not sure about so much framing. Again, just a personal preference, sorry.

But the image itself really does appeal to me. The composition, the tones, the clarits of the bare tree - really very nice. Wish I'd taken this.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2011-01-02 4:45]

Hi Beverley,
great shot.Beautiful reflection and perfect depth.Nice framing.TFS.Necla.

This is a lovely capture where you show not only the photographic aspect of this beautiful landscape but also an artistic approach too, Bev :-)

Great focus, and well kept depth in the picture. To opt for a B&W treatment to the shot, is a great idea.
The tree is doing magic against a breathtaking landscape in the far.
Well taken!

Hope you had a great entry into 2011 :-)

Warm greetings,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-01-02 6:35]


Un bien beau solitaire avec ces branches dénudées, qui ressortent parfaitement, en fond ces montagne avec la neige, quelle vue merveilleuse, le Nb colle parfaitement, très belle image de saison.

Bravo et amitié


Yes, it look very cold that I can feel it all the way to Las Vegas. Great pov and dof with clear sharp details. Good colors and textures. Well done, tfs.

This is beautiful Bev. I think black and white is perfect for this shot. I must say, I prefer the photo in WS - simpler frame and all :) Very well done.
Wishing you all the best for the coming year as well.

Hi Beverly,
Nice cold landscape well presented in black & white,
good contrast and light,
good composition and good framed too,

Hi Beverly.
Beautiful capture of the cold weather condition where you showed the moos artistically,very good DOF and superb sharpness all over the frame,lovely presentation even to qualify for book a cover,well done.
Best Wishes

Hi Bev,
Yup the tilt was there. There is still some lens distortion visible on the left, but that is far from distracting. The tranquil feel you managed to capture is very beautiful. I like the space and the wonderful mountains in the distance. I do feel that if you had moved back just a little and gave the tree some room to stand on the photo would be even better.
Still it is a nice foto as is.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-01-02 11:20]

Hi Bev,
A nice monochromatic Winter view. Beautiful contrast, while maintaining the gray tones.
An agreeable POV with this solo tree being the focal point.
A considerble DOF and a very neat presentation.
The framework is complementing.
My best wishes,

Francis Xavier

Hello Beverley!
Amazing Black and White work, art work. Amazing tree and landscape in the background.
Superb composition. Perfect POV and DOF. Ideal exposure.
Sophisticated frame. Splendid effect.
Well done!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 66 N: 115] (2484)
  • [2011-01-03 5:10]

Hello Beverley,
Splendid landscape composed very professionally. I think frame is too wide and take place when view would be more size.
Regards, Pawel

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2011-01-03 5:11]

Hello Bev,

This is a classic!

Beautifully simple and with incredible sharpness and spot-on exposure, the stark, bare tree on the right gives depth to the picture and allows the eye to be drawn into the distance to the glorious snow-covered hills and their lovely reflections in the water.

As Richard (Kilted-Arab) says (and he's a very observant critiquer and never misses a trick), the horizon is not quite straight and could take 1° or 2° of clockwise rotation. That is my only (slight) criticism here. For me it's easy - I know I can't hold a camera straight and never have been able to do so - I have to straighten just about every picture I take!

Other than that, a lovely shot!

Kind Regards,


  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2011-01-03 16:47]

Happy New Year Bev
A perfect frame of a movie.
I like the B/W tonalities and the power of the compostion.
Wish you and your family all the best.
Um abraço

I was looking at this image the other day Bev and I have been again lured to it. I find the positioning of the tree excellent and needless to say the background is superb. Love the B&W

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