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Avenue des Baobabs

Avenue des Baobabs
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-21
Categories: Trees, Savannah
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-14 8:12
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot of the Avenue des Baobabs about 2 hours before the earlier posting. Instaed of the 'classic' view, I walked beyond the Avenue and took a shot back and up. Yhe light was quite harsh, but I liked the effect - hope you do.

At 226,642 mi˛ (587,040 km˛), Madagascar is the world's 46th-largest country and its fourth largest island. It is comparable in size to Kenya.

Towards the east, a steep escarpment leads from the central highlands down into a ribbon of rain forest with a narrow coastal further east. The Canal des Pangalanes is a chain of natural and man-made lakes connected by canals that runs parallel to the east coast for some 300 miles (about 200 km).

On the western side of the island, the descent from the central highlands toward the west is more gradual, with remnants of deciduous forest and savannah-like plains (which in the south and southwest, are quite dry and host spiny desert and baobabs). Although there are many protected harbours on the west coast, silting up, caused by sediment from the high levels of erosion suffered inland in Madagascar, is a major problem.

THE BAOBAB is the common name of a genus (Adansonia) containing eight species of trees, native to Madagascar (the centre of diversity, with six species), mainland Africa and Australia (one species in each). The mainland African species also occurs on the island of Madagascar, but it is not a native of that country. Other common names include boab, bottle tree and monkey bread tree. The species reach heights of between 5–25 m (exceptionally 30 m) tall, and up to 7 m (exceptionally 11 m) in trunk diameter. They are noted for storing water inside the swollen trunk, with the capacity to store up to 120,000 litres of water to endure the harsh drought conditions particular to each region.

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Hello James,
Lovely and beautiful place, great POV
and composition, very good details


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-14 8:34]

Hi James,
i remember your previous post from this spot, and this works very well too. Perfect POV to fit all the trees into the frame from this vantage point...the prehistoric feeling to this shot is amazing. Another for my faves, cheers.

Hi James,
Baobabs are always a good view and you have made an interesting silohuette composition here. Great POV.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-14 8:45]

Hi James,
an excellent shot of these weird trees.
Sharp and detailed.
Lovely lighting.
Well done,

Hi James,
Pretty impressive grove of trees I must say.
Looks like you had some pretty harsh sunlight to work with here,but the effect is good.
Very interesting shot.

hi james,

beautiful place.you got a nice POV and exact exposure.like it.

Hi James,
Must have been a 'wow' experience for you, especially you, to see these monsters heading to heaven:-)
Nice representation; good content...
To diminish a bit the contrast, you have a tool in PS CS2 called shadow/highlight...if you play around with the sliders, you will get more detail in the shadows and in the highlights.
Go to image>adjustments>shadow/highlight!

Compositionally this works well James, although the light wasn't really working in your favour. It's very harsh and has resulted in burnt-out highlights on the sides of the trunks along with almost completely blocked-out shadow areas.
Ideally it would have been better to take it earlier or later in the day when the light was both warmer and less intense. If that wasn't possible, shooting with the sun behind you with more even light on the trees would have helped avoid the massive contrast in brightness levels, which are difficult for any digital sensor to record.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-14 10:32]

hi james,
a superb picture from u once again.nice compo and gr8 details.
congrats and TFS

Hello James,
Thank you so much for your all around the world excellent photos in your gallery!
I loved this one especially the type of tree, the perfect lighting from one direction and the POV!
very very well done and composed
thanks again

Hello James! Wonderful trees. Wonderful lightness and shadows. Very original shot. Regards!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-14 11:09]

Hi James. hope you had a good time in Devon. What a fantastic shot of these unusual trees. they look so tall and large around the trunk.
Good colour and detail . with a nice POV. well done TFS. very informative notes.

Hello James,
I thoroughly enjoy your posts, great interest. These trees I've not seen before..and with names like Bottle or Monk Bread tree? I can see the bottle shape there but how do the monkeys get their bread up there?? ;-}}
Great post, thank you.

Hi james,
very interesting but nice shot of these famous baobab trees from Madagascar. composition, details, POV very nice. good notes. thanks. best wishes. Ahmet

This has a bit of the soft effect of a scanned image??? I love these trees. I bet it would be a great place for a sunrise or sunset shot. I like the three trees "stairstepping" into the distance.

Evelynn ; )

Shooting into the light can flatten an image which this kind of did, but it also brought out the details of the twigs and leaves. Very nice effect. Well done.


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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2007-08-14 18:29]

Hi James, excellent capture, excellent composition and management of the ligth and colors, Juan

Hello James,
The Madagascan icons are well depicted!
Those are amazing trees and very photogenic...
Attractive composition with a fine feeling of depth!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-14 23:22]

Hello James,
Beautiful post.Well seen and composed.POV,framing,use of perspective and visual impact are excellent.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-14 23:59]

James nice shot and how beautifully they are lined up It looks like they are standing in a queue. Nice landscape shot. Ganesh

Hi James,

A great photo with a great vegetal species. Interesting direction of the light and spectacular composition. TFS and all best regards. Cezar T.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-15 15:26]

Hi James,
Baobabs are amazing trees- so fascinating, powerful and mythical. POV, composition and colors are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello James.
Great image. A little surreal. Great composition. Good POV. Very well seen and well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-16 10:36]

Hi James,
Majestic Boabobs and they look so grand in their forms. You have managed the harsh light well and I like your POV to portray them. The lighted and shaded areas give it a fine effect. Wonderfully composed. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-16 11:14]

Hi James.
I welcome your creative approach and selection of the POV. Light effect is so impressive. You are right. The image produce a strong esthetic impression. It is the principal key of photography, I think. My compliments and TFS.

very dramatic, TFS Ori

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