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Sun Flowers

Sun Flowers
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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, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TreeBark [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-08 11:01
Viewed: 3080
Points: 46
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yet another Bluebell shot! Last one i promise...well, probably ;o) The thing is they're only around for a short time each year so i kind of like to make the most of them whilst they're here.
Quite an interesting challenge to shoot these from this angle, this time with the low setting sun beaming in directly behind me from the edge of the woods.
What drew me to this POV was the glowing tree trunk and the marked difference in colour between the bluebells in the shade and those in direct sunlight, which you can hopefully see here.
Using the grad (Cokin P121) to hold back the orange glare whilst also using the Circular Polarisor to add some saturation inevitably created a long exposure time, hence the 30 seconds and slight movement from a gentle breeze on the Bluebells in the foreground. I was also dictated as to where to place my camera because it's shadow would be in view, so i plonked it here, in the shade of a nearby tree.
The horizon is a little too centrally placed for my liking if i'm honest, but i had quite a few things to consider at the time as well as the incessant biting from flying nasties!

From the Beautiful Dorset website:

'Thousands of years ago, Dorset was almost entirely covered in woodland made up of oak, ash, elm, lime and many other trees. Much of this ‘wild-wood’ was cleared by our ancestors for agriculture, creating a range of different habitats such as meadows and heaths. Now, less than 10% of Dorset is covered in woodland.
Ancient woodlands are very important for wildlife, supporting many plants and animals that are not found in more recent woods. In fact, the presence of these plants and animals is a good ‘indicator’ that the wood is ancient.
Bluebell, Wood anemone, Yellow archangel, and Wood spurge are indicators of ancient woodland. If you find them in a wood, it is likely that there has been continuous tree cover for at least 400 years.'

PP: shot in RAW, a tweak of curves, lightened shadows + 3, resized, converted to JPEG and sharpened

Thanks for looking..

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Hello Paul,
Well done wide angle photo.
Nice light.

Hello Paul
Crikey..Theres a lot of thought gone into this...as every photo should have.
You have captured the scene perfectly..The glowing light is awesome..In the distance there is the light without tree cover...And on the floor there are so many of natures finest offerings that bewilder me to identify many at all....I know this will look so much better at a bigger size than TN allows.
Top work and I do feel like I am there witnessing the scene.
All the best mate

great lighting and colors, I like this low POV as well

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-08 14:33]

Hi Paul

Excellent composition from a good POV. I really like the effect of the trees and leaves. The light is really good too.


Hi Paul,
I love this photo. It's very romantic view of yours. :)I like the colors mixing, love the light. It just looks like heaven. Wonderful!
All the best

Hi Paul,

Simply a stunning shot, excellent d.o.f, superb light, just beautiful.

Cheers Rick :)

You entitled it part of your images of flora, but I see something else which makes me happy! Trees and bark I love...What are they?!
Added to theme

Hello Paul. Stunning image in vertical format. The sun shining on the flowers give excellent contrast and very well captured. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi Paul,
Another lovely capture of this beautiful wood scape. Excellent composition and sharp details. One thing I don't understand in this when you have mentioned 30 secs exposure time still then the plant parts are not blurred. Wasn't there any wind. Anyway Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-09 1:49]

Hello Paul, This is beautiful landscape. Excellent color and sharp picture. The lightng is superb Ganesh

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-09 2:08]

Hola Paul,
interesantes efecto,
original iluminación y pov...
saludos amigo.

Just beautiful!

Hello Paul,

You are applying the same skill to woodland photography, that you do on the beach. This low pov is so effective, creating a fascinating f/g to lead us into the rest of the shot.
The light is just amazing! Not only is it highlighting the flowers, but also turning the trunks orange!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Excellent shot, Bro.Sorry gotta run, short of time.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-09 11:59]

Well, I don't mind to see as many Bluebell shots as you wish coming from you! They are so beautiful and different one from another! I love the light on this one and the magnificent point of view. Really superb!
Congratulations and TFS
Have a great weekend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-09 12:54]

Hi Paul,
what a lovely image!
The golden light here makes it!
The composition is spot-on and the low-down POV is great.
Gorgeous flowers which make for excellent FG interest.


Hello Paul,

What an amazing glowing light so crossover the flowers and trees. Excellent composition from a good POV. It is pity about the flowers, but the whole composition is wonderful. And I think that was exactly your intention. Well balanced photo. Have a nice day and TFS BOB

Hi Paul,
You did it! I was waiting on your series of bluebell shots. I knew they were blooming, since my parents had a few in their garden as well. The bed of colors and the fire red tree do make for a stunning view. The movement in the front flowers and the well thought of POV is great. Excellent work on the exposure considering the very difficult light in a forrest.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-12 19:59]

Hello Paul,
Great use of that beautiful light, what a glorious composition which whispers freshness that comes with spring. Great work Paul, thank you.

Hi again,
This picture reminds me a bit of a similar one I did lately. I will maybe post it soon; flowers were not Bluebells though but White Trilliums... Your technique is much interesting and the result is wonderful (better than mine) with superb POV, exposure, colors and lightning! I should try some of your photographic tips someday :) Congrats on a very nice picture!

Hi Paul, splendid flowers in a fascinating forest, superb light and fantastic colors, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-16 10:49]

Hi Paul.
What an interesting and impressive colouration of the scene. You managed to select a great moments for shooting. I also like widest DOF and crisp sharpness of all pictured object, great use of wide angle and brilliant exposure of the image. Bravo and my kind regards.

Hello Paul,
There are nothing as beautiful as wild flowers in the forest!
I notice the lovely play of light, and the composition is well balanced with fine details...
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for support and advice!
It has been great and I have learned a lot through the many fine presentations in TrekNature!
Pablo -

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