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Pine vs Palouse

Pine vs Palouse
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Trees
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-20 7:36
Viewed: 2741
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have posted many images of the Palouse but have not until now figured a way to show just how tall the Palouse Buttes are without putting something human or a human into the image. Problem solved.

I am standing on the ground and looking straight across at camera height at the Lodgepole Pine branch. I am 6 foot 2 inches tall. Now subtract 12 inches for the camera and you are at height of horizon at 5 feet give or take. Now looking from this perspective you can see one of the hundreds of Palouse Buttes in the background. You can also know that the pines on the buttes are about 60-70 feet tall.

I have found int he past that my landscape shots have lacked the height perspective, so not when looking at any future landscape images, or even if going through the older ones you can get a much better notion at how it can be easy to get lost out here. No roads are straight. Some windy in circles and meet each other again while others wind in another direction and one ends up 20 miles away thinking they were close to home.

If one multiplies that by the thousands of square miles of Palouse lands which only sees one or two residence each day...it is somewhat akin to being in the desert....so if you ever do go/come here...bring your GPS:-)

ISO 100
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Hello Bob
I like the idea here. Similar to this on the last photo posted by Ulla. Branches and leafs on foreground. Nice diagonal composition and distant hills and trees in background

That finely exposed pine branch provides a great feeling of depth to this beautiful Palouse landscape while your notes warn us that we should always take a guide if we are to wander in this geography. Well Bob, nature and nature love do have some dangers attached my friend, as we say in Turkish, "no rose without thorns"...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-20 10:06]

Hi Bob. I like the compostion in this one with the trees. i like your POV from behind the fir tree it gives a whole different look to the picture. good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-20 10:06]

This almost looks like a painting to me Bob. Love your POV and well chosen aperture too...the pale BG colours really make this shot...well done that man.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-20 10:31]

Hello Bob! Another fine composition of your favourite landscape, great colors and textures! Well done my friend!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-20 10:31]

Hi Bob,

A brilliant idea to have us view the Butte through the huge Pine branch. An amazing scene with the pine framing the picture. Wonderful contrast between the green pines and the pale pinkish land. I immediately thought of desert and was surprised to see you mention that in your notes.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-20 14:10]

Hi Bob

Greetings from the wilds of Namibia - somewhere near the Fish River Canyon.

Lovely shot and interesting note - I like the composition and colours very much.


I really like the sharpness of the foreground pine against the larger landscape. Was it smokey/foggy? There is an interesting haze. We are heading into foggy season... which I generally hate. Patchy fog is one thing but socked in is quite another. .... and it can be cold! I'd rather snow.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-20 15:23]

Hi Bob, for me is better the background that the tree..ehehhe..very nice choice of point of view,excellents colors,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-20 18:22]

Hello Bob,
You were using the old melon here my friend, now we have perspective. Thanks Bob, great landscape image.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-20 18:48]

Hi Bob,
Outstanding work and a great view on the Palouse through the pine. Very creative work with immaculate sharpness and lovely colour pallette. You have an eye for the beautiful things in nature and you portray them with elan too. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-21 2:30]

Hello Bob,

Your photo has a very unususal composition but, as you are saying, it solved your proble. The image is very sharp showing the pine needels in great details. The soft light you have captured allowed you rendering very fine color tones.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-21 5:39]

Great shot, monsieur Bob, those branches of pine are well captured and the superb Palouse at the back is beautiful, like an ocean of gold. What a great background for a pine branch to rest. Thank you!


hello Bob

beautiful image with a superb POV on the pine tree branch
and the background, i love the smoothness of the colours, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-21 13:59]

Very nice capture, Bob!
The composition is excellent.
I just love those rolling hills you get over there! :-)
Very good composition.
Nice light.

Well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-21 21:40]

Hello Bob, nice idea and good clarity shot. Nice lighting. Ganesh

Hi Bob, lovely autumnal composition, great focus and splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Bob

This is beautiful.
The backdrop looks like an impressive backdrop from one of the old studios big budget movies.
I really like the perspective and POV,the rolling hills are wonderful.
The pastel colours of the BG and the crisp ,sharp pine bough makes a lovely contrast.
Nicely done as always.


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