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Avenue des Baobabs at Sunset

Avenue des Baobabs at Sunset
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-21
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *1, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 8:46
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot at sunset (obviously). The weather had been wet (a tropical cyclone [hurricane] had hit the extreme south of the island), so this pool of water provided a good reflection. I took this shot perched on a rotting branch which kept breaking and sagging - the things we do to get an image!!

Adonsonia Grandidieri is one of the six species of baobabs endemic from Madagascar, perhaps the better known of Malagasy baobabs, and for a lot of people, the most aesthetical of all baobabs. This group is often shown on the front cover of books dealing with Madagascar.

This species occurs near Morombe and Morondava in the west part of Madagascar. They are large trees up to 25m tall and 3m diameter of trunk which is usually unique and cylindrical

The crown is at the top of the tree and flat; the branches are regurlarly distributed, mainly horizontal. The bark is reddish grey and smooth. Flowers are white, yellowing whith age.

Fruits are subglobose to ovoid with a reddish indumentum. The pericarp is thin and fragile.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-05 8:51]

I like this view of Madagascar a lot. And you managed to capture it with all its beauty in an excellent composition and light. Bravo James and tfs

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-05 8:59]

Ah, James...
one of the most idyllic places in africa. Nice warm colours and great to see the reflection of the trees in the water.
Regards, Jacob

fantastic colors nice reflections interesting trees

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-05 9:41]

Hi James,

a strange, prehistoric looking place - i just can't stop looking at this. Great choice to shoot at sunset as the light makes this even more special. Your POV is perfect too. One for my faves, thanks James


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  • partha (54)
  • [2007-06-05 9:53]

Hi James,
What a great view. Perfect composition and the reflection adds wonderful effect here.

Hi James.
Oh my gosh, crazy looking trees. What a wonderful image of them in this light, absolutly stunning. Composition for the reflections in the water is great, exposure, colour pin sharp, all spot on.
Well seen and very interesting notes to go with your image.

New Zealand

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-05 10:28]

Hi James,
Outstanding shot of this scene at sunset. The colours are stunning to say the least and the image is sharp and neat. The forms of these trees are captivating and their reflections awesome. Excellent POV to capture the ambience. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-06-05 11:29]

Hi James
great capture and composition.
I loed the reflexes and the almost gold colours of the sunset.
Good DOF, POV and sharpness.
well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-05 12:34]

Hi James

This is again a terrific shot from you and a splendid and moody landscape!
The low light here is wonderful and creates such a nice and pacefull atmosphere while the perfect reflections give such a lovely simetry to it all.
Fantastic colors and very nice DOF, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-05 13:43]

Hello James,
I've seen a lot of Baobabs in my life, but I couldn't make such an amazing photo of this trees. Wonderful composition and colours.
(It could be a wallpaper of 25 years ago.)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-05 13:47]

Hello James,
Very beautiful shot of these magnificent Baobabs reflecting in the water. Excellent composition, beautiful light, an invitation to travel to Madagascar
Best regards

A work of incomparable beauty, James!
The light of the setting sun is truly heavenly, turning the Baobabs into pillars of gold (Sorry for the sordid metaphor!).
In my reckoning, this is one of the most beautiful landscape images ever seen on TN.
My favourite.
Best regards.

Belle photo de ces superbes et majestueux arbres que sont ces Baobabs, et de plus vous les avez pris avec ces reflets qui sont magnifique, vous m' en avez mis plein la vue. Amitiés Thomas

beautiful light colors and reflection.
It almost looks like a painting.
Also very different pic.

Hi James,
Wow! This is the best picture I've ever seen of Baobab trees, I was gonna ask if it had been raining but your notes already stated it had rained, every picture that I have seen of this particular area has always been dry. The water really make this a super unique capture and makes it one of the best. I cant wait to go there. :)

great pic, I wish to be there now. TFS Ori

very good photo

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-06 6:50]

Stunning shot James, the reflection and perspective is fabulous. Exotic warm colours. Great POV - it was worth hanging on a branch to take it! The scene is clean and sharp bathed in those warm colour tones, it is almost surreal. Great composition.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-06 11:49]

A superbly composed sunset shot James.
The reflection you have manged to capture in such a beautiful light is just amazing.The tree trunks seem to be turn golden in the light and the shadows playing around.

Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-06 13:17]

wow those trees are just amazing! Lovely light giving the wonderful red tones. Excellent composition and a great POV



What a perfectly composed reflection shot! and the colors are so wonderfully golden. Beautiful!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-06 15:10]

Hello James,
Beautiful sunset on the Baobabs of Madagascar, their reflections on the lake anhancing the beauty of this shot that is also sharp and well composed.
Must ahve been a fantastic experience to visit this special island.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi James,
marvellous light, crystal clear view, fascinating shapes of trees.
Very remarkable and unusual landscape.
Excellent. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-07 4:16]

Hi James.
What an impressive and nice photo you have taken. Pictures view, place, colour palette are wonderful. DOF is great too as well as the composition of the shot. Bravo and best regards.

bonjour james
je n'ai pas encore pris de reflet et de plus avec ces arbres je ne risque pas de pouvoir le faire ici en france.
superbes couleurs et presque une symetrie parfaite.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-07 18:20]

Hello James,
A very pretty reflection with beautiful light. Looks so tranquil. I'm suprised by the smoothness of the baobab trunks. Fine composition.
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-07 23:11]

Hello James

Wonderful clarity in this image.The lighting is warm and glows.The focus is sharp with excellent details.I love the reflections in the mirror like water.The unique shape of the baobab trees make a wonderful composition.Awesome place.TFS


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-08 18:02]

Hi James,
Trees, light, composition, reflection... a really beautiful and rare image!
Thank for sharing, José M.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-06-10 10:21]

Hi James,

What a great shot of these Baobab trees.
I like the reflections, beautiful colours, good light, composition and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Hello James,
I like the shape of these odd trees, but you've captured it in a perfect way! Beautiful effect of sun light and water reflection. Superb job!!!

I would kill to be there with you and enjoy such an "extramundi" sunset.
I appreciate very much you brought it to me, it is an impressing view, very well captured. Congratulations and best regards, Felipe.

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  • stelli (87)
  • [2007-08-03 6:26]

Stunning pic!!!! Crazy looking trees indeed! They look like oversized carrots to me!!! :) Cheers Stella

Just sometimes in life, everything gels and a magic moment is created, ever to be treasured in the soul, something you can think back to with satisfaction and a bit of regret, because that moment is gone from this world, but not from the mind! This is such a moment, masterfully rendered for our enjoyment as well. God created memory so that we could have roses in winter! A scene to treasure, TFS.

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