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Sunrise this morning

Sunrise this morning
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-16
Categories: Trees, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Tree, My Sunsets and Sunrises [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-16 4:46
Viewed: 5216
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unfortunately I could not sleep this morning after my husband left for work, so I watched the sunrise instead and it was stunning.

We had had a very heavy frost overnight with my max/min thermometer recording -6C overnight and at 10am this morning my car was still reading -4C. Both bird baths were totally frozen through this morning as well, so it was a really cold night here.

So I sat wrapped up with the upstairs window open and watched the sunrise, or rather photographed the sunrise. I took over 100 shots in just under an hour becuase it was such a beautiful sunrise. This one was towards the end when the sun was starting to catch the clouds and turn them red as well.

So with the usual Oak tree as the foreground to the sunrise, I enjoyed the first landscape pictures I have taken on the new camera. I have caught many sunrises of this tree and each one is unique but it is quite some time since I have enjoyed one like this.

Anyhow, technical details. The window sill was the tripod with a bean bag. No filters were used at all and no editting (except to lighten the picture very slightly) has happened. It has just been resised and sharpened and a border added.


PS - I'm still not 100% but am better than before. Managing to stay awake longer in the day now, so I should be able to catch up on critiques, hence my first post for quite a while.

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so very good to see you. I was and do get concerned on a while different level sometimes. Perhaps I am an empath...

The notes fit the picture for sure. Beautiful colours in differing shades. Really shows off the quality of the camera...if in the right hands.

I love the window sill beanbag approach. I shall try it:-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-16 6:15]

Hello Emma,
Nice to see a picture from you again. It is full of peace, reflecting these moments where nature is still silent. Great composition, very subtle colour-tones of the different layers of the ground and still fabulous Oak tree. It is really a beautiful view to have from the window!
Thanks a lot and take care

ho hum..another day
but what a great one
all of our yesterdays gone and our tomorrows on hold
just this moment and not alone

Hi Emma!
What a comeback!
I'm really happy to see you posting again, a sign of you're getting better.
It's a breathless sunrise. Having in mind that cold, it's so enjoyable to admire it in its whole beauty.
The composition is so well balanced, with the presence of the lonely oak tree and that clouds on the stunning sky.
My compliments and thanks to post it.
Best regards and wish you keep getting better.

Hello Emma! Amazing lonely tree. Beautiful landscape. Excellent colors. Regards!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-16 7:26]

Hello Emma, it's really good to see you again, hope it's for good ! For your first post in a while you hit hard ! It's a great shot, the composition is a fine one and you managed the light perfectly. I really like the layers of forrest in the back, well done ! Welcome back !


... yep... that'll do.

(and to satisfy TN TOS, nice color, nice exposure, and nice composition!)

Hello Emma,
How are you!
well captured of this beautiful sunrise in good low pov in great depth!
perfect sharpness, awesome colouration and details
well done
all the best to you always

All is well... Emma's tree is still punctuating a glorious sun rise. The silhouette against those wonderful colors is very effective. It is a simple strong image. Very nice..

Evelynn : )

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-16 9:47]

Hi Emma
That is a beautiful morning to wake up to not to mention capturing like here.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-16 10:32]

Hi Emma.
I hope soon you will be 100 % and wish you and us many so nice your pictured as this one. Superb work of you and your excellent equipment. Amazing color tones and darks, great details of the landscape and even clouds. Shot is composed brilliantly too. Superb art job. Bravo.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-11-16 11:04]

Hi Emma,

What a beautiful and tranquil scene, and from your house too! I would love to see something like this from my window. You've captured some fantastic colours here (with a new toy I see :-)) and a great decision to leave the filters alone. Beautiful.

Glad to hear you're feeling better and getting a little more active, getting as ill as you did was a terrible thing but to happen to such an active person is unjust. Still you've managed it with dignity and decorum, good to see that British stiff upper lip :-)

Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-16 11:22]

Definitely much more beautiful than ours here :))

Hi Emma and so nice to see you back here and posting!
It's great news that you're feeling better. I wish you again all the best and to get to 100% as soon as possible :)

I remember "your tree" well :) I know in my first TN days i used to look at it and unconsciously compare it to the one i have in my backyard. Unfortunately, mine is surrounded by buildings almost as old as it is, so such beautiful shots are out of the question.

Indeed it was a gorgeous way to start a day! The classical composition here is as lovely as always and the colors are just brilliant. I just love those lines in the sky - they add just the right amount of interest and contrast to that part of the frame.
Truly wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

PS: in the trips from the past two years, i've come around a very old tree in a lovely place i took some landscape and wildlife photos in. I still haven't posted a shot from it...well actually i did - my intro shot :)) Believe it or not, both me and my dog were up in that tree there.
But this wasn't the point really... i just wanted to say that i might post one due so a small similarity in shape and in the "feelings" - "my" tree :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-16 13:22]

Hello Emma and welcome back.
It seems that the correct diagnosis is the real route to recovery now.
Fabulous colours here, dear lady and the composition is spot-on

Hello Emma,
I'm happy to see one of your brilliant tree images again!
This is wonderful, colours are out of this world and the feeling of depth is wonderful...
A well balanced composition, also top shelf tech wise!
Greetings and best wishes,
Pablo -

Hi Emma
Your sunrise is the start to a new day, and you've captured it so well. The colours are amazing, including the soft curvy clouds in the sky. I love how the trees go from dark to light, it shows a nice perspective. I love your tree, it has so much character as it reaches for the sky.
TFS and take care
..a big warm smiley from me
Janice :D

Hi Emma,
Sorry that you could not sleep, but glad you you took this moment to pamper us with this wonderful photo of your tree. I am happy to read that things are going better and I do hope that this line will rise rappidly.

You know my weak spot for beautiful skies, so this photo is pleasing that spot a lot. The soft swirls in the clouds and the warm colors are most beautiful. The details in the FG fied and the hazy layers in the back gives the photo a great feel of depth. I love the way the tree became the only pure black object within the composition.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-19 3:51]

ah, so things are looking up then! What a pleasure it is so see this old favourite :o) Amazing colours and obviously the composition is great too, lovely shot.
Take it slow though, there'll be no gullies or ridges for you just yet ;o)

Hey Emma.
Welcome back! Great to see a post from you again. Things look promising. Great to hear you're doing better. I bet that shiny new 40D is burning a hole in your camera bag! Great pic. Gorgeous colours. Great silhouette of the tree. Very beautiful. Maybe you could post some of those 100 shots from here. Take care. Best wishes.

Hi Emma, very glad to hear you are on the mend. This is very much your tree and here you have capture a wonderful tone and your composition sits well. Good exposure on this one. Very nice work..

Hi Emma,
Lovely sunrise scene over the English countryside.
Wonderful color on the clouds.
Pleasing composition with the tree silohette in FG.
Good to hear you are feeling better.
Richard ... see you later

Hi Emma!

It's a great pleasure to see your pictures again. I felt free to chose between this one and your last post. I prefer this one for its very good composition. The foreground that leads to the horizon, the tree and the slight mist on der horizon line add a lot to the value of the picture. And I particularly love the shapes and the color tones of the clouds.

Wish you all the best and hope to see you soon again on TN.

Kind regards


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-21 10:15]

hi emma,
no words...great picture...

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-10 22:58]
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Hi Emma

Lovely to see some new material of this most famous oak tree from Surrey. Apart from the beauty of the tree and the artistic shot it is great to hear of your slow (yet steady) recuperation. Although there's probably still a quite steep hill up front (with the surgery looming around the corner) I am hopeful for you to make a complete recovery and once again be able to enjoy life to your full abilities. The human body has an amazing capacity to heal and mostly time is the best long term remedy. Anyway, I still hope to see a good deal more of your beautiful landscapes, orchids, insects, and various other shots in the future.

I was looking through your two themes "My Tree" and "My Sunsets and Sunrises" when suddenly the words from the chorus of the song "Sunrise, Sunset" from the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" sprang to mindů

Sunrise, sunset.
Sunrise, sunset.
Swiftly flow the days.
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers.
Blossoming even as we gaze.

Sunrise, sunset.
Sunrise, sunset.
Swiftly fly the years.
One season following another.
Laden with happiness and tears.

Best regards and a speedy recovery.

Hi Emma,

A beautiful peaceful morning from your window. The first light is wonderful.



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