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Morning colors - fresh start

Morning colors - fresh start
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-26
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, Hitech Reverse Grad 0.6ND
Exposure: f/16, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-28 5:37
Viewed: 2967
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi again friends,

I've just returned from another shot trip to some little mountains here in my region, a trip that gave me a nice chance to test my very new Hitech filters. I bought a set of normal grads and one reversed grad, and mainly tested the latter, being very curious how it works.
I was luck to have caught a lovely sunrise - well not one literary, since the eastern part was covered by more hills - but looking west the clouds really came to life and gave me a charming setting for a good test.
This photos was taken with the reversed one and i think looks much closer to the actual setting than if shot with a regular grad. The upper part is lighter as it should be since it's higher and better lit by the morning sun rays.

I know the composition isn't really all that good - being 50-50 and all, but i really couldn't bring myself to cutting neither the little ferns nor the clouds :)

Hope you'll like it, thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Filters: Hitech "Reverse" Grad 0.6 ND
Focal Length: 10mm
Shutter Speed: 0.6 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 6 AM
Weather conditions: cloudy

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Abanico de frescos y hermosos colores suaves, enmarcados en un ambiente de paz y tranquilidad. Hermosa foto. Felicidades

Dear Horia,
Many congrats for this lovely "painting".Oh yes! It´s like a beautiful painting! Well done!
Tahnkyou also for your kind comments about my photos.
Have a super w-end!

Buna Horia,
Excelent redat peisajul. Culorile, detaliile si incadrarea sunt superbe.
Un weekend placut!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2010-05-28 14:06]

très belle photo!
les couleurs sont naturelles.
des bonnes détailles.


Truly fantastic landscape with astonishing simplicity and hope! Bravo Horia!
George Veltchev

Buna Horia!
Nu stiu cum reusesti, dar peisajele tale sunt superbe! Cel putin mie imi plac foarte mult! De fap, este implicata destul de multa practica in arta fotografica, si numai asa se ajunge la rezultate desavarsite.
Te intelg foarte bine refetor la compozitie: daca ai fi taiat norii, pierdeai din culori, daca taiai din partea inferioara, pierdeai aceste ferigi ca punct de interes. Perspectiva este si ea fabuloasa, imi place cum ghideaza ochiul spre muntii din departare. O imagine excelenta, dupa umila mea parere!
Toate cele bune,

Hello Horia,
a most beatiful deep view over the wide rolling hills under a clouded sky.
Precious time of the day in May captured in delightfully subtle pastel colours of pink, blue, and green. Very fine, aestetically highly pleasing work, taken with a very high level of technical precision, and vibrant emotional engagement. The composition is well conterbalanced and perfect with its elements just as it is, not a single cloud or a single fern to be cropped without damage - as you say.
Thank you! With best regards,

Dear Horia,
I think it is a beautiful refreshing Landscape - and if I could have the original - I would frame it tomorrow (we are moving house, and I change the decorations...)

"I know the composition isn't really all that good" - I think, the criteria which matters - is that is a REAL PLEASURE to view your image! The colours are gorgeous (I feel like chewing a bit of the fern)the view relaxing, and the first rays of the rising sun at 5 am declaring it a bit of a chilly morning in the mountains; cannot yet lie on the ground and wathc the clouds...

Hi Horia,
The light in this photo is so beautiful. It really has that something extra that I love the see day in day out. It has warmth but also room for cool colors and hues. Of course the view over the fresh grasses and ferns is stunning. I can imagine that standing there at that moment gave you that "yes, I got" feeling.

I really don't mind the placement of the horizon, both landscape and clouds draw me into the photo without giving it a static feel.


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