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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: 2007-09-30
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS, @ ISO 400, Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-02 13:19
Viewed: 3584
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I liked the juxtaposition of the rich orange against the saturated blue of the sky. The two complement and enhance each other as they are opposite on the Red Yellow Blue color spectrum wheel. (Complementary in that they complete the primary triad: yellow & red = Orange and then the blue is the third color. The three mixed in the correct proportions will result in neutral gray) This is based on Red Yellow Blue color space used by artists, not the RGB light spectrum color space we use in photography.

This was taken in a very strong wind. I probably should have let the wind be the subject instead of fighting it with a high shutter speed.

This photo was taken along Chief Joseph Scenic Highway just east of Yellowstone National Park.

Located along the northeastern edge of Yellowstone National Park, the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway offers spectacular views and a unique history. However, not only will you find the breathtaking beauty that Wyoming is known for, you will find world-class opportunities for wildlife viewing, access to a variety of recreation oppportunities, and a chance to see the land where the legendary flight of Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce occurred. Dedicated to this story, the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway offers you the opportunity to learn more of this tragic tale. From prehistoric times to the present, the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway has much to reveal about the relationship between the natural environment and human history.


You will learn about how in 1877 Chief Joseph led almost 1,000 Nez Perce tribe members over 1,000 miles of mountainous terrain to escape U.S. cavalry and the governments ploy to restrain them to a reservation. The trail that they took toward the Canadian border, Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, is now part of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.


nglen, Juyona, Adanac, bobair, tkp1165, anel, horia, bobcat08, marhowie, Jamesp, TBW, uleko has marked this note useful
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To SunToucher: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 9 12-10 11:10
To PaulH: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 12-03 13:19
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-02 13:22]

Hi Evelynn. A very colourful landscape. as you say from the blue to the burnt orange. You have captured the movment in the trees. rich colours but still natural looking. good use of the bright light. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-02 15:04]

Hola Evelynn,
bellos colores,
relajante imagen y pov...
buen trabajo,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-02 17:43]

Hello Evelynn,
What a treat once again, your capture of the fall foliage is superb. Great composition, colors and sharpness. thanks Evelynn.

Hi Evelynn,
very nice to see the contrast of complimentary colours which as your note indicates are opposite one another on the colour wheel.Autumn does not last long enough for my liking as I work six days a week and get few chances to photo the great out doors.The colours in this shot are the main point of interest for me and your details and clear focus bring it all to life.Thanks for yet another wonderful landscape photo. Bob

Hi Evelynn ,
very nice image with great composition and lovely colours.
sharpness is nice.
well done
my best wishes

Hi Evelynn
This is a great scene you have captured. Great vivid colors with an outstanding blue sky that makes everything standout nicely.Great composition.
Very nicely done!!! TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-03 2:14]

hello Evelynn,
Again a wonderful composition with striking colours and great light. I like you the way you took the picture,placing the birches in contrast to the sky. Wonderful autumnal shot.
Thanks alot

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-03 5:34]
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Hi Evelynn

Sorry i've missed some of your posts lately, but i've been quite busy with some projects as well as a small trip (Finally!). Sadly, it looks as TN time will also be sacrificed for at least a part of this week so please accept my apologies if i will miss some more :) Hope i will have time to catch up :)
This is a splendid shot and one in which the strong colors really stand out perfectly! A very good use of the polarizer here that really punched them up a level.
From what i learned in school, i remember that orange and blue actually are complementary colors. There are 3 pairs of such colors: red+gren, yellow+purple (i think that's the English term) plus the one here - orange and blue. This was part of the art class. However, in physics i learned that if you mix the 3 prime colors in equal amount, you'll actually get perfect white, not neutral grey, because it is white light that the colors originate from.
Anyway...this is all theory :)
You picture is a terrific application of all these laws and a splendid composition created with this beautiful natural place.
I also feel that white vertical lines add a lot to the excellent look of the sees, just like the yellow-ish trees in the back.
All-in-all: a splendid composition and presentation.

Bravo and TFS

PS: it's not bad that you faught the wind with a very short shutter speed, but the idea o using the wind is not a bad one...maybe a bit late, but there are always going to be other situations in which i would try to encourage you to experiment further...you really have a great eye for things and i would love to see what you can come up with :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-03 6:30]
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Simply stunning Evelynn...the contrast between red and blue...wow. excellent framing too, so very well seen ...one for my favourites!

Hello Evelynn,

What a beautiful landscape in ful autumn colours. What a contrast in colors in this picture. From skyblue till orange/brown. Wonderful. Your POV, placing the birches in contrast to the sky is great. Great composition. Regards and TFS BOB

ps I like the explanation from Horia very well

Great color sat Evelynn, a simple and effective composition with great detail :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-03 19:43]

Hello Evelynn

I always get a kick out of reading your notes after I view your posts.Your assessment of your own work usually focuses on exactly what I want to say.
The deep blue sky contrasts the orange so well,and at mid composition you have the band of vivid yellow nicely broken up by the vertical tree trunks.
The sky is remarkable in this shot.
A beautiful autumn scene.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-03 23:04]

Hi Evelyn

I really like the way you have two lines of orange in this picture - the pale central one and the upper one. The contrast with the blue sly is lovely.


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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-12-04 0:17]

Hi Evelynn!

Yes, those colours are just fantastic! It is quite simple impossible to walk by trees like this and not take a photo! And Im glad you did, because they look great. The white trunks contrast well against the yellow background, and the orange leaves on top looks great againt the blue sky. A wonderful autumn shot! Well done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-04 3:55]

Hello Evelynn,
Wonderful landscape in striking colours and very well composed. I like the orange tree tops against the blue sky and the straight white tree trunks. Very beautiful!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-05 8:19]

Hello Evelynn, that's a very nice composition, the polarizer gives a boost on the colors and the details are very crisp !



Hi Evelynn,
Lets start what struck me most when I looked at this photo carefully....a really strange orange spot in the top of the sky. Were you that lucky to catch a leaf in flight?

Besides this spot, the color contrast between the sky and leaves is superb and has probably been made even more stronger by the white tree trunks. I think your choise of a high shutter speed was good, otherwise you might have ended up with a blurry spot of orange.

This show a wonderul simplicity. Real therapy! TFS

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