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Into the Woods

Into the Woods
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-08
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Autumn At Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-19 11:24
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I like this shot partly because it was so unplanned. I was waiting in the car for my husband to return from his unsucessesful beaver stalking when the light changed and I just rolled down the window and shot this scene. I really like the warmth of the image.


Rub your hand on an aspen tree, and it will come away powdery white. These ghostly trees with their white bark and black knots or branches have nearly round leaves that are green and supple in the spring and summer. But when the weather turns colder in early September, these round leaves begin to change colors, turning yellow, then bright gold, often deep red.

To view the aspens at their peak each fall, time your trip for the last two weeks in September.

Bear in mind this turning of the leaves happens at the hand of Mother Nature so there is no precise way to predict the best time to see the fall colors. They can be spectacular one day and gone the next in a burst of wind that rustles the leaves from the trees like the bursting of a bag of potato chips.


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Hi Evelynn
This is a beauty! The white trunks of the Aspen have been exposed well and there is lovely depth looking through the trunks to the background.
Kind Regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-19 11:56]

Hello evelynn,

Autumn brings wonderfull colors in the woods but catching them is not an easy task in photography. You did it so well in your photo showing a shrp image with beautifull colors and a reachness of color tones.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-19 12:58]

Hi Evelynn

I think some of the best result are sometimes unplanned :) It happened to me as it happened to you and i think to many others...so i know how you feel :)

This is really gorgeous and i for one love the layers here. In the lower part you have darker green tones, then a contrasting bright part with the tree barks and some lovely oranges on top. If you would apply some grossian blur over this image, i think you'd get a beautiful vertical flag :)
Excellent and original, where this tight composition really works.

Bravo and TFS

Evelynn...this is beautiful!!! It is so warm and inviting. The colours are really great, even the forest floor has so many nice colours, textures and shadows. The white bark with the black marking adds such a nice contrast to the orange and yellow leaves. Really nice.
TFS Janice

Yuppers...it is that time for the Aspens..I have Aspen overdrive up here Ev....My shots are now more abstract due to no more DSLR...but I am having fun..and that's what counts...or my mother might have said.....were she here but ins't...and she too would have loved this..I think in my mind I can hear her telling me as I type this..

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-19 18:54]

Hello Evelynn,
The fall fanatic scores a winner once again. WOW Evelynn this is beautiful, thank you.

hello evelynn,
you recent posts are very good and present the autumn in most beautiful ways. This is another gem for you, i love the light and the color in this shot, well composed too,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-10-19 22:07]

Wow, a veritable feast for the eye!
A sight to gladden the heart.
I love the warm palette, but the cool white aspens really add texture and complexity to this gorgeous scene.
So much depth in this outstanding composition.
TFS : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-20 3:51]

Hello Evelynn,
Wow, what an explosion of colours! A lovely composition with focus on the white trunks and the bright round Aspen leaves. (Your Aspen seem to have whiter trunks than ours here - I must look it up!)
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

hello Evelynn

this shot is like a painting art, WOW ! superb image
of the underwoods (sous-bois in French),
with the autumnal colours, 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 10:30]

Hi Evelynn,
you guys really get Autumn full on over there don't you? But the,n it takes skill to reproduce it so well too. Love the POV and clear detail - the colours are awesome.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-20 13:59]

Hi Evelynn

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

Beautiful colours and lovely composition - wonderful how we sometimes achieve a wonderful shot we didn't intend!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-20 18:54]

Wonderful colors Evelynn,
At first glance of your thumbnail image I thought these were White Birch trees, but you can definitely tell they are aspen by their leaves.
This is probably my favorite time of the year to be out in the woods, but then I realize all that cold and snow will be right behind it. Lovely shot!! TFS.

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  • Selmik (67)
  • [2008-10-20 19:41]

Hi Evelynn,
unplanned shots are the perfect ones always. Very nice,warm,fall colors.
Beautiful photo.
Thank You

Hello Evelynn

Exquisite sharpness and colour.
The oranges pop out in an almost 3d effect.
The vertical tree trunks are lovely,i really like the aspen's white and black trunks.
They always seem to accentuate a shot.
Well seen and composed.
It looks like Beaver country.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-20 22:32]

Hi Evelynn
Yet another one from you, not planned not sought for but just a spur of the moment idea that turned out into a fantastic composition.
I love the story you have sourced to go along with the capture, it make the scene all the more interesting....i think the one element that makes this composition stand out is the clutch of round leaves that are promnenelty located in the right FG.They create a wonderful element that takes away the viewer's attention first before spreading the gaze to the rest of the shot.They are brghter and richer than those seen in the BG. I 'm absolutley impressed by the fall season moments you have been presenting and i hope someday i get to see this beautiful region of your in fall.

Thanks for sharing

Hi Evelynn,
I really like the smooth texture of these Aspen. Its almost as if they were polished. The wonderful colors of their leaves are beautiful. The sight lights and the depth here are both great. I also like the vertical framing.

Hi Evelynn,
Great eye to catch this beautiful frame of the aspen trees, this is like a painting and has a strong eefect when viewing. The exposure couldn't be better.
Paul :)

Gorgeous shades of orange and gold Evelynn. I love the hue colour of the trees as well. A very strong picture. TFS Trevor

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