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Forest of the odd shaped trees

Forest of the odd shaped trees
Photo Information
Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-06
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 2:59
Viewed: 7688
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was finally able to go into the woods to see some fall colors. All effort so far have stranded due to a limitation in time. For this effort I just changed priorities and took a day off from work. The nice thing about going into a forest during a working day is that you're almost alone.

While on a search for some color I found this spot in the forest with some very odd shaped deciduous trees among the pine trees. It seems that each tree was touched by some spell to grow in these strange forms. If you look closely, you can count 7 odd shaped beech trees.

This is a stitch of 4 exposures. Manual everything and of course on a tripod with cable release. I know the sky aint that pretty, but that's what you get on a cloudy day and being in a forest.

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To erve: Photo stitchingSunToucher 1 11-12 00:14
To mbasil: Out there earlierSunToucher 1 11-10 03:07
To LordPotty: I think you are rightSunToucher 1 11-10 03:05
To eqshannon: Tree IDSunToucher 1 11-08 09:27
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Hi Niek,
a very beautiful landscape picture, you have become a real pro
with this pictures, I wish we could see in a big panorama.
Well composed with nice POV and the dull light and colours is beautiful.
Great work.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-08 6:16]

Hello Niek,
Un grand bravo for this exceptional beautiful forest-picture. The shapes of the trees are surprising and what I really love about this picture are the fine autumnal colors of leaves on the trees and on the ground and the subtle light you caught so well. Very subtle shot!

Hi Niek,
that forrest is beautiful and a little mystic.
The trees are so giant and impressive and I love the colours of autumn here so much.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ha die Niek,

Hoe kan een boom tot zoiets uitgroeien. Moet toch in het verleden -- toen het nog een klein boompje was -- iets gebeurd zijn waarom die zo is gaan vertakken. Geeft ook eigenlijk niet wat daar nu precies de reden van is. Jij hebt in ieder geval een mooie samengevoegde boscompositie neer gezet. Nu is de voorgrond heel helder. Ieder detail van de bladeren kan ik goed ontcijferen. Als je wat meer naar de achtergrond kijkt wordt het een beetje nevelig. Geeft een geheimzinnig effect aan het verhaal. De 4 opnames zijn zeer goed tot een foto samengevoegd. Mooi werk afgeleverd. Zit een heel goede scherptediepte in.



Hi Niek,

This is really lovely... and brightness is perfect. Technically everything looks perfect too. The crooked trees seem even more interesting by being framed by and surrounded by such perfectly straight trunks. The bit of orange foliage adds a lot of impact to the composition. Nice work!

Evelynn : )

I ABSOLUTELY want someone to email me when this (the bigger) tree is identified...very important as I have it's long lost relative out here and have not posted it because I cannot get it completely into my viewfinder! This was a magnificent find and you have given me a task..I must go out and try to figure a way to get my tree into a frame...You were lucky here..I have next to mine a barn and behind it a freeway..hard to crop those out..

hallo Niek
mooi panorama boszicht, schitterend!!
ik hou hier erg van
een 10
groetjes lou

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-08 12:25]

Hi Niek!

It seems that you don't have to regret your day off! Walking in such a beautiful forest is relieving and healthful, for your body as well as for your mind. I like the atmosphere very much and the shape of that tree are amazing. It's also funny that you also post a composed picture. It is perfect on the technical side and the indirect light of a cloudy day generates natural colours.

Kind regards


Hi Niek,

Amazing panoramic view on this beautifull forest with big beech trees. Fantasic and magical forest. Nice composition and great quality.


Hello Niek

A beautiful perspective,the shot is sharp and there is much to see.
Excellent autumn colours,the leaves on the forest floor add colour and brightness.
I hope you filled your lungs with fresh air.
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses,or as is the case here,stop and photograph the forest.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-09 0:18]

Hi Niek

It pleases me a lot to hear that i'm not the only one willing to take a day off work just to go out shooting :)
I think you did great here and even if the conditions we're ideal, i'm sure it was relaxing to you.
I really like the weird shape of these beech trees...they look like ents from The lord of the rings :)
The 4 shot stitch here worked very nicely (no trace of the actual stitching) and it gave us a lovely wide view of the forest.
As you said, the sky is a bit "down", but it's what we mostly find during autumn :(

Bravo and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-09 20:59]

Hello niek,
Lovely landscape shot with superb lighting.
Good POv and well composed. Ganesh

Hello Niek,
You've controlled the exposure well in this shot.
My theory as to why the trees are that odd shape .... Beech trees grow much more slowly than pines, and theres a good chance that these old beeches were standing here when there was not much other vegetatiuon around them, which of course mean that they were exposed to the wind a lot more.
You can see that each of those trees appears to have been blown by the wind in the same direction, and in a few places, branches have even been blown off.
A great forest shot with good DOF and natural cololur.

Very nice, Niek. A wonderful subject, one of my favorite. The leaves with all of the colors are there -- yellow, orange, and maybe even some red. I think the ground-level approach is interesting, and make for a interesting composition, especially with the really unusual trees you found.

Great stich job. Looks like you were sure to do it in manual this time. I doubt it would have been possible to capture any sky, even if it had used HDR. My only suggestion is that it looks like you were there a little late in the season. Next year, get out earlier and more often!


Hi Niek,

Good work in stitching these 4 frames and in making this nice panoramic view. I too love the 'movements' of the trees, especially this big one in the left center. I also like this nice red carpet of leaves and the red tree in the BG adds a nice touch to this picture. TFS.

PC :)

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-11-11 7:13]
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Hi niek

Great shot my friend. The tree to the left is like a massive bony hand rising from the ground, and with the little burst of vibrant colour dotted around makes for a pleasing composition.
I keep on meaning to try some photo stitching, but not really sure how to do it.



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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-09 12:53]

Hi Niek

It is lovely when you can take a day off work and spend it taking photos. After a busy couple of months at work I shall be doing the same thing this Thursday.

The colours here are wonderful as are all the twisted tree trunks. The letterbox crop works well here as well



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