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Winter Forest

Winter Forest
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1376 W: 234 N: 1593] (8380)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-12-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-19 10:18
Viewed: 1807
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this one in my old digital shoebox. It was taken with my first DSRL when I was only two years addicted to this great hobby called photography.

The day I took this photo I was feeling ill, but I had to get out and make photos. The fresh cold air actually did make me feel better, although the walk tired me out quickly. I had already taken a few photos and was on my way back to my car when I saw the sun illuminating this beautiful part of the woods. I quickly composed the photo dialed in some exposure compensation to allow the least over exposure and pushed the shutter.

Back home and decided to crop it a little and covert it to black and white. Some dodging and burning was necessary to come to this result. With all the work on the dodging and burning I actually forgot one crucial step. Let me know if you can find the flaw in this photo.

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I can see why you were attracted to this scene Niek and feel that your b/w conversion has added to the mood of the image. The lighting is super, in the way it floods through the trees, illuminating the path and highlighting the foliage.

I have studied the image for some time but am struggling to find any flaws with it at all (however I do not know how much PP work you carried out.) Only two things stand out to me though and this is being picky. Firstly the tree on the left side of the image could have been cropped out, this would have shown the light flooding in from the left of the shot more. Also I can't help feeling that the trees to the left and right of the central one should be highlighted on their left sides. They just seem a little too dark and wonder if that is the result of the PP work.

I would appreciate it if you would let me know if I am correct here, as this would be a useful lesson for me.


I like the mood you have captured in this low-light location, Niek!

The tall trees with an enigmatic light make this work a exceptional one in its appeal.
Sharpness and POV are excellent, and B/W tones add a lot to the overall beauty of the picture.
Nice job!

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

This is a top shot Niek! Wonderful with the B&W. The shafts of sunlight really make this one. The square format suits the scene, the exposure is spot on - even the highlights work here.

I really didn't know Holland had such scenery!


PS Can't see any flaws!!!

Bom dia Niek,
A small gem of a 'digital shoebox'.
Photo sweet and romantic (I see no other way to classify almost sensual penetration of light), especially in BW and that brings us back to the review.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-01-19 23:42]
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Hi Niek.

Impressive capture, the light looks so good beaming through the trees like this. The tones are very appealing, the strong trees stand well against the light.

You point out a flaw, I can only imagine that its the area infront of the far left tree that you have lightened that should be in darkness as its behind the light. Ifs thats the flaw, i dont think it shows to that degree.
Great image, well shown.

stv ;o))

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2013-01-20 12:13]
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Hi Niek good portrayal of the suns rays breaking through the forest,I guess it was hard to capture some trunk detail on the foreground tree,though there is some where the sun stikes it.
As far as a flaw,not much that I can see,I thought perhaps you may have cloned some extra branches & thin tree trunks into the large area of sunlight inbehind & to the right of the small fir tree in the background, as their limbs appear to not be quite solid,also there is a tiny piece of sunray on the 2nd.tree at the left viewing side that perhaps should not be there,as the ray seems to be coming from behind that particular tree?That's my guess.

Hi Niek,
A very nice contrast and light with this Black & White composition,
I like the ray of light trought the trees,
well presented in a vertical and frame too,
Very well taken and done.

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