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A Country View

A Country View
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Copyright: Mike Ryan (mpr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 7 N: 344] (2280)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): star awards III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-29 21:04
Viewed: 1354
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My Dad recently loaned me his Nikkor 80-400 zoom lens. I affectionately call it the "bazooka" since most of my lenses are about half it's size and for me, this lens is huge. That being said the lens is obviously great for getting up close or closer to something that is far away. This image is a great example of what a long telephoto can do.
I live in the town of Petaluma, California which is about 35 minutes north of San Francisco in the Sonoma wine country. One thing Petaluma gets is a lot of fog and I've learned over the years that fog can indeed be your friend when it comes to images.
There is a view point about 15 minutes from where I live that is high enough in elevation to get above the fog under the right conditions. This image was shot on such a morning. I took several images of the hills and fog before the sun rose but once it did those images were forgotten as the early morning light on the various hills really enhanced the scene. The interplay between sun, fog, and terrain really spoke to me. The view for the people who live in this house isn't too bad either.

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2011-11-29 22:01]

Hi Mike, I love your work... this morning shot with the sun golden light painting the hills and the fog white color makes a great contrast... Nice soft tone colors with good contrast.
I visit Petaluma often where my fiend has a ranch and a barn, its such a lovely country. TFS



Freaking breathtaking...
my first Navy duty station was between Vallejo and Napa to one side and Sonoma to the other. That is so beautiful. That soft morning light, the low lying fog, what must be a winery in the distance lit by the sun, the trees rising from the fog. Lovely, soft morning color. I have very fond memories of that part of California and you bring them to life. Wonderful. Many thanks and kind regards,

Very interesting view, great mist and light. Very nice tops of hills and trees.

Hi Mike, I love the light in this, the fog kind of separates the image into more than one shot. If you crop from the top of the bottom hill down you have an entirely different shot with the fog looking like clouds. Fiona

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-30 4:36]

Hi Mike,
A dreamy atmosphere here on the mountains with the clouds beneath us! A superb capture with this huge telephoto zoom lens! Perfect exposure and a considerable DOF.
Nice early morning atmosphere with perfect light management.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hello Mike

Almost looks like another planet. I agree that the view must be awesome for the folks in that far away house. Your image is proof that to get the best images......you must first get off your sofa and go get them. Well done on your capture of this special moment in time. The sihouettes of the trees and hills popping out of the low clouds (fog) created a work of art. nice


  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-11-30 8:10]

Hi Mike

Another awesome shot!

Good composition witha good light and good colors and atmosphere. Unusual. I would love to see this place.
um abraço

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-11-30 10:42]

A very fine image that captures this awesome overview. The golden light is perfect set against the fog. So many diverse elements within this image makes a stunning composition.
Very Well Done

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-11-30 10:48]

Hi Mike,

Excellent shot, wonderful view of your country.
I like the atmopshere with the mist, a great composition here.
The tones of colors and the light are perfect, congratualtions for this beautiful job.
MY best regards.

Hello Mike
WOW wonderful shot nature at its ultimate beauty how beautiful this sea of mist looks with trees merely visible with golden light on the beautiful mountain is captured with very good DOF and details.

Hi Mike,

Super shot,wonderful light on the hills and the mist is just the cream on top.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-11-30 13:13]

Hi Mike,
spectacular shot with great early morning light, the trees are really sharp despite the fog

Hi Mike...beautiful shot...great composition with excellent tones and colors. Very nice work.


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