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Copyright: STEVE and IOANA HAMILTON (marioana) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 191] (1481)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2000-08
Categories: Desert, Water Plants, Trees
Camera: Bronica GS1, Bronica 65 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 2:29
Viewed: 4366
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The twisted and dying trees in the shallows of Lake Menindee in far western New South Wales. The lake is fed by the Darling river and forms part of the Kinchega Lakes National Park.
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-06 3:46]

Hi Steve

An excellent shot - very moody - and the dead, twisted branches - especially the one in the forground - are wonderful.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-06 4:00]

Wow..amazing visual impact Steve, your POV and composition have turned this into a very dramatic image. The B & W is a perfect choice, and combined with the straight black spikes of the grass and the forms of the trees creates an almost architectural feel. One of your best imo, very well done. This is an image i would love to have in my gallery.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-06 4:16]

Hi Steve

This is soooo dramatic! What an impressive picture!
The place itslef in the image looks amazing and it's definitely something unique and worth taking a lot of photos about. Your idea here to go for an black&white is even better, enhancing the emotion the place inspires.
The perspective here with all the trees going all the way to the horizon is amazing, the DOF is terrific and the composition is lovely.
Very very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Steve and Ioana
great b&w capture with perfect compo and contrast. I also like the noise (grain) in the sky very much. Good old times of b&w photography reborn at its best as digital image

Super fine conversion Steve. A classic picture in archetypal fashion. Creates a somber reflective mood.Well framed too.

Hi Steve and Ioana,
this is mystical, special because of the black/white image. I like it very much - a hopeless planet, like in a horror movie.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Steve and Iona, well done for mood and evocation, especially as we enter yet another dry season. The black and white and skeletal subject are well bonded and work very well. The down side for me is the tilted line of the lake shore, although from a perspective process I can see the draw from bottom left to mid right, my head has difficulty.
Not to suggest that this is not a fantastic image, the result is on the board.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-10-08 4:15]

Dramatique prise de vue sur cet endroit mystèrieu.

Hi Steve,
This is a very beautiful photo. The depth in this photo is amazing. The odd shaped trees give this photo a mysterious effect. This is how a real black and white photo should look like. Good details and perfect contrast. Nothing beats the real thing. The composition is awesome and gives full focus on the three in the FG without loosing contact with the rest. This tree also frames the photo pefectly.

What a powerful black and white....it does create a mood like James said. Very artistic! Good work!

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  • bogdan (40)
  • [2008-01-14 15:11]

Foarte artistic.Imi place foarte mult.Felicitari

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