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Boreal forest at night

Boreal forest at night
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Copyright: David Shaw (wildimagination) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 10D, Canon EFS 18-85 IS
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Our world at night. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-27 17:01
Viewed: 6205
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I made this photo last winter on a late night ski on the trails around my neighborhood in Fairbanks Alaska. The camera was tripod mounted and a shutter speed of about 20 seconds. There was a full moon which illuminated the snow and trees nicely and the pink glow is from the lights of Fairbanks. I used no artificial saturation.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-01-27 17:03]

Hi David,

Welcome to Trek N.
Glad to see landscape shots like this. Excellent capture and well done on the composition. Excellent work.


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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-01-27 17:13]

Nice shot David, This picture is very hot. Well done

Magnificent use of moonlight and shadow. The long exposure brings out the details and preserves the low light of the evening. Beautiful landscape. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-01-27 17:57]

Wow, this is an excellent landscape. The colors and lightening are superb. So fairytailish, so mystique. Wonderful! Well done & TFS!


Well done, David. Looks almost like an illustration. Great shadows and illumination gradient.

Great work, wonderful colours, it look like fairy-tale :)
Hope my WS will be interesting for you :)

I love to read that you did not use artificial saturation, it is really interesting to see the colours achieved with long shutter timing.
Tha light & exposure are EXCELLENT, congratulations and TFS.

Hi David,
This is an excellent long exposure shot. This looks great in the portrait framing. Slightly surreal look with great color in the sky from the city lights. Excellent work!

Amazing shot. Great composition. I'm going to have to try a long exposure like that...however I don't have such a neat scene to try it on! : / Thanks for Sharing...and Welcome.

This one is magnificant!!! To be honest, i didnt know that it is possible to do pic like that... My favorite :o)

Wow, David, this is marvelous.
I love this atmosphere so much - I can't describe, but it's like in a fairy-tail.
I love to sit there, looking and dreaming.
Excellent, I enjoyed your post very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-28 3:48]

Thank you, David.
Sorry, I have no time these days to write complete comments.
Very well done. Well earned icon.

Hi David

Sorry, no time for a proper critique tonight, but enough time to see that this deserves a big green smiley. Thanks.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-01-28 11:49]

Fantastic landscape work like magic. I love nicely tree shadows with shadows from full moon. Wonderful sky with shining stars and shining snow.
Thanks for posting

This is beautiful! it has such a surrealistic feel to it, and extremely captivating grip. I would like to see more like this fantastic image. :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-28 15:59]

That is superb, David. That scene is rather surreal.
I guess those of us in lower latitudes are not privy to such beautiful night skies. Well done and TFS. : )

I like this composition David.
Very well done and clear.
I like also what Elana has done.
Thank You

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-29 22:22]

Une superbe présentation,les brillant dans la neige,l'exposition, les couleurs et la prise de vue sont excellents.

Félicitations et merci David!


Great work David. Has a very surreal quality to it, almost like a computer generated landscape in a game. A really different photo, well done.


This photo is great. I like the snow, the sky, the lightning, exposure, everything! Reminds me of "Les Laurentides" in Quebec. Very well done!


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-07-10 15:50]

excelletn shot - I have played with night shots myself but nothign like as sucessful as this.
well done.


Excellent picture! Superb colors and great composition. Exposure and details are perfect! Pretty difficult to capture but you did a great job! Congratulations and TFS!


That's all natural lighting - amazing!!! Beautiful!!!
I can't even start a critique because I don't know where to start...it's just so beautiful that I'm adding it to my favorites. The sparkle on the snow, the perfect formation of trees, the eerie pink light...must have been like walking in a dream.

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  • Ichigo (27)
  • [2007-06-28 2:22]


Oh my god! What a beautiful shot! I can almost feel the serenity. It reminds me of the times I would go hiking. Absolutely fantastic shot. Thank for sharing!


this image is great - looks like a fairy tale . I think a little of H/S in P.S will help a bit.
were you shooting to the east? if you have shoot to the north ' with longer exposure , you could have a circle of the stars moving.
and any way,a longer expo would have got you a nicer stars line.

any how it is still magical



Hi David,

great stuff, I will take it to my favourites. Well done!


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