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Birch Tree Leaves

Birch Tree Leaves
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-16
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): automnal compo! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-09 5:19
Viewed: 6138
Points: 40
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Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fagales
Size: up to 30m

The English name birch comes from the Old Germanic "birka" ( we still use this name in our region which uses a german dialect).
Birches are very often pioneer-plants on open spaces.
They also are useful for a lot of birds and animals which eat its buds and seeds, like the Common Redpoll or the Black Grouse.

Autumn creates so many fine tints that we just can admire the great creativity of nature..these two leaves are in a different stage of loosing their chlorophyll and hence have a different color.

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Ciao Anne, my today neighbuor, splendid light on autumnal leaves, lovely and simple composition, great contrast against dark BG, brava, ciao Silvio

Hi Anna,
so simpel - so schön.
Das eine Blatt sieht aus wie eine lachende Hexe. (Ich glaube meine Fantasie geht mal wieder mit mir durch.) Ich hatte vor ein paar Jahren auch mal ein Blatt mit Gesicht hier, daher meine Assoziazion.
Ich mag das warme Licht, das durch die Blätter scheint. Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-09 5:32]

Hello Anne,
A wonderful capture showing these old Birch leaves beautifully lit against a dark background. Lovely colours and fine details too showing that some insect or other have made use of them!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-09 5:37]

Nice photo of autumn, great light and composition!

Hello Anne,
Great technique with light on both birch leaves and dark background. Your subject stands out beautifully. TFS this fine image.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-09 6:24]

Bonjour Anne,
A fine presentation on two autumn birch leaves on a twig taken almost against the light to show their stages of autumnal decomposition to fine effect. The resulting dark BG is also very effective.
It is interesting to speculate if these leaves have been affected by leaf-mining insects or whether is was the result of a normal process of decomposition.
Unusual, artistic and skillfully photographed.
Merci et bonne semaine,

Hallo Anne!

Schön, wie Du das Bild mit etymologischen Überlegungen verbindest. Ich mag das Sujet an und für sich, vor allem aber auch dessen Schlichtheit. Der starke Kontrast verstärkt die Wirkung des Bildes.

As liebs Grüessli

Markus, dem es Tag für Tag deutlich besser geht...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-09 7:55]

Hello Anne,
Simple, but very beautiful light and colours in this photo. Excellent composition and contrasting BG. Good sharpness.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-09 8:34]

Hi Anne. Most stange the two leaves on the same twig yet one more advaced in colour than the other.Somthing has been eating the leaves in the summer. I like the the way you have taken them with the light shining though them. So we can see the detail. Well taken TFs.

hello Anne
finally we could create automnal category!
you have composed and used the light ideally, with the black background, with the wounds of time, to add, exceptional your glance your thought and her concretisation!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-09 10:57]

Hallo Anne,
Minimalistische Komposition mit den herbstlichen Birken Blätter. Schwarzer Untergrund trägt bei dem die Blätter sehr interessant rauskommen. Danke für die Präsentation Siggi

Hi Anne,

A superb macro capture of the leaves with autumn effect!
Great details are visible for each leaf. I like the sharpness and POV here with great natural colors. Especially the light passing through the leaves, making their textures very well defined. A great contrast can be seen between the leaves and blurry BG.

best regards,

Hi Anna,
a beautiful and artistic composition of the betula leaves, very good POV
TFS and warm regards.

Your eyes are still sharp. I can see what you went for and you got it better than a couple I have posted from a while back. You always add that feminine touch which works so well for you!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-10 12:51]

Salut Anne,c'est dans ces moments que la classe du photographe sort...quand les nsects sont alles il faut chercher quelque chose de nouveau...et c'est l'art de la composition et de la lumiere a faire la difference...cette photo est le jus de ca...mes plus gros compliments,vraiment magnifique! Bonne nuit,Luciano

Ciao Anne,
l'autunno con i suoi colori e la luce radente danno l'opportunità di interpretare creativamente la Natura traendone delle immagini molto belle come in questo caso in cui la diversa e colorazione e la particolare incidenza della luce sono stati utilizzati per una composizione armoniosa e gradevole.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona notte
Con amicizia

bonjour Anne
composition simple mais attrayante, j' adore l'automne pour les couleurs des arbres et de leurs feuilles, le fonds noir est une excellente idée et fait bien ressortir les feuilles superbement illuminées
la remarque de Sabine qu'une des feuille ressemble a une sorcière qui rit m'a bien fait rire et en plus c'est vrai !
Passe une bonne nuit

Ciao Anne. Light, transparencies and colours like in a paint. Amazing black BG.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-13 7:50]

Hello Anne,
Deine Kunst erweitert sich. Ein schönes Kustbild. Von dem Naturebereich. Es gefällt mir sehr. Wie man von einfachen Sachen, Kunst machen kann. Ich bin voll einverstanden mit Sabine : " So einfach- so schön.
Eine schöne Abend,

Bonjour Anne,
Bonne maitrise de la lumière générant une image très artisitique avec une excellente opposition sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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