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Spring in the Woods

Spring in the Woods
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-06
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-06 14:58
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This was taken this evening in the woods near Blandford Forum, near to the last spot i posted a shot from. It was the first real summery day here today so myself and a couple of friends took a drive after work to here, for some fresh air and sunshine.
The air here was thick with the scent of Bluebells and the nearby Rape Seed crops, but i was getting eaten alive by midges so couldn't hang around for too long unfortunately..

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Hello Paul,
So beautiful with the evening sunlight that comes into the wood!
good spring atmophere and mood from the wonderful image!
many thanks for the sharing and enjoy your spring!

Hi Paul,

Mate this is just a beautiful shot, the light, and the colours are just stunning, a real springtime feast for the eyes, excellent POV, and d.o.f, framing and composition perfect, lovely work,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-06 19:02]

Hello Paul,
Simply brilliant my friend, the lighting is goregous and I can almost smell the flowers. Beautiful scene, superbly captured. Thanks Paul.

Amazing how well you can take you seascapes and move them inland so well..I assume you have a set of rules of photo which you follow rather well..or make that very well....and even if you could share them it might be hard for us to learn unless we were right there as you saw..and watched you quietly as you worked...That is how anyone ZI know could learn from me and even then it wouldn't bet eh same which is what makes your images so unique!

Hi Paul
This is a stunning image. The light is amazing and I am glad you survived the midge attack! Lovely composition and colours.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-05-06 21:26]

Hi Paul!

You had a wonderful evening, I'm sure. Having a walk in such a beautiful and refreshing forest, living such an appeasing and peaceful atmosphere must provide a good feeling and let the stress of a working day forget. You have perfectly well managed the lighting that is very difficult in a forest with the great differences between light and shadow.

A soft, pleasing and almost healing atmosphere.

Kind regards


Hello Paul,

Beautiful light and nice woodscape with the flowers.


Hello Paul,
The light situation is magic!
The backlight plays wonderfully with the contrasting tree trunks, and the field of wild flowers makes a great lead-in...,
The image is telling the story of the season very well!
Pablo -

Lovely English woodland shot Paul.
Do you still have any of the thick dark woods with big gnarly old trees like you see in the movies?

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-06 23:24]

Hi Paul

A beautiful composition - great use of wide angle and you have made the most of the warm evening light. Lovely shot.

On another note - the bluebells seem to be in competition with other plants which is rather unusual - normally they are the dominant species.

I am currently trying to fend off a sinus infection - my nasal passages are swollen from the fields of rape round here and the neighbours Bird Cherry!


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-07 1:13]

Hello Paul!
What a beautiful place with those trees and the ground carpeted with bluebells! I love the light you captured between the trunks and the vertical composition. A delicious job, as ever. Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a nice day!

Hi Paul!
Love the atmosphere of this photo, nice light and fresh colours. natural composition.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-05-07 1:48]

Beautiful place, calm and full of light. Great work!

Hi Paul,
Now the woodscapes. WOW! You are really an expert. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Nice photo,i can smell the bluebells and hear the birds singing!

Great capture Paul,
I like the warm color and evening light filtering through the frame.
And I know what you mean about the "midges"..(mosquitos?).
We have a very small, and unseen to the naked eye pest here now called "chiggers". They burrow into your skin & itch like h*ll! :)

A fine forestscape Paul, the evening sun's slanting rays provide a nice illumination for the rich forest floor vegetation. Your wide angle capture again creates a deeep depth my friend, the beholder thinks he is within the frame!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-05-07 8:59]

Hi Paul

Splendid view over this forest captured beautiful in this spring sun.
I really like the vertical format here and the depth it gives the scene.
The bluebells look very nice in the FG but don't appear to be all in bloom yet :)
The sun rays shining among the trees in the back is also lovely and i think those great long shadows on the forest floor are also a big bonus for the compo.
Splendid work all around, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Paul
You have captured the scene perfectly..Gorgeous glowing light filtering through the trees illuminating the carpet of bluebells and it looks like many more wild flowers...Not a bad place at all for a stroll after work!
All the Best Mate.
(just sending a mail)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-07 12:59]

Weather's been fantastic lately! It's a change from the many rainy days we've had recently.
You've captured the "essense" of this bluebell forst superbly!
Very good POV and composition.
Stunning light too.
Brilliant exposure and great colours.
Excellent work!
Cheers mate,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-07 13:03]

Hi Paul. A very nice eve picture , You have used the warm sun light so well. This has given a goldn glow the ground. a good POV looking up the wood. well done TFs.

Hello Paul,
This is a realy relaxing scene and perfect landscape capture in all aspects friend. TFS.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-08 1:51]

Hello Paul, What a beautiful landscape you have got for us here. lovely lighting and great scene. Ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-05-08 2:20]

hey Paul,
what a beautiful woods scene. the light shining through is fantastic, and the colors are great, especially with the glow from the light. i like how you've got those 2 feature tree's a bit closer than the rest. you have a great eye for it! great composition. great work.

Hi Paul

well my new lens has arrived and tomorrow I have the day off work... doubt I will get anything like this, but I can only hope... know what you mean about the midge at the moment... having the same problem photoing my orchids as well... not to mention the smooth snake I found on my track last night around 6pm doing a very good inpersonation of a dead stick!

Great comp and colours btw.


When one sees things that are so perfect, Paul, one can't react...I feel so small and ordinary when I see nature's beauty. A lovely composition is all I can say.
Thank you.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-08 9:28]
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Hello Paul,
A great image of these woods in early summer. the evening lighting is great in highlighting the trees and the flora that seems to include not only Bluebells but Pink and White Campions, Dead Nettles and grasses. Reminds me of our time in Dorset. BTW, I recommend Hod Hill as worth a visit not so far from here.
TFS this trip down memory lane!

What an amazing shot, I find it very difficult to have my pictures of the forest turn out, it is so difficult to achieve a good overall exposure! You've done a great job here!


nice scene, love the lighting, right now in our forests, they are still snowed under and not even the trees have bloomed yet, of course I haven't been to the western part of the state yet.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-08 14:40]

Hi Paul,
Wonderful shot and the evening sun provides great lighting effects. The spring flowers look lovely and they seem to have flooded the forest floor. Very pleasant to the eyes. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-10 6:56]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful capture from a Dorset Beech forest with the ground covered with Bluebells. Excellent depth of focus and beautiful light and colours. I expect you have full summer in Dorset now!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-12 11:08]

Hi Paul

This is glorious. It shows you can do woodland as well as seascapes. Lovely light and I like the view from the flowers through to the trees. Perfect DOF



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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-05-14 17:42]

Hi Paul,
nice to see that spring has arrive up there! and seems that it will be a great one, enjoy it!
I miss those sun rays at the evening, like a soft and warm moment... so pleasant!!
Spring is very well represented here: like if nature is re-borning! just lovely, so simple, so magnificent!
Great light comming from the back and lovely soft colours. Good POV and DOF.
have a nice day and a great spring!

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