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Batley View

Batley View
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-12
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV + Circ. Polar + Cokin Grad.
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-02 3:31
Viewed: 3711
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

another shot from my archives, which i have been trying to sort out into some sort of order (with limited success)!
As well as being a bit of a drag going through and deleting hundreds of shots, it's also nice to sometimes stumble across something you had forgotten you had taken and letting it see daylight.
This one was taken at a favourite part of the New Forest of mine, called Batley View. It was early Summer and i remember escaping here to get some fresh air and quiet after a long day at work. I can't remember when i last sat and enjoyed a good sunset...Fingers crossed Winter might be more forthcoming than the terrible summer we've had this year.

Listen to me moaning about the weather again, how English can you get??

shot in RAW, lightened shadows a touch, tweaked curves, increased saturation + 5, resized, converted to JPEG and then sharpened.

Thanks for looking..

cataclysta, JoseMiguel, eqshannon, horia, Alex99, red45, Adanac, SelenE, Dis. Ac., cicindela, gracious, Evelynn, angela926, rcrick, Jamesp, haraprasan, uleko, SunToucher, loot, goldyrs, techranger, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Hello Neighbour :-)
It is like from a dream. Beautiful saturated colors, great depth of view, fantastic clouds. Peaceful and beautiful place
I like it very much

Wow what a spectacular sunset captured in this photo. Good shot.

Hi Paul,

Lovely scene with vibrant colour, good detail and composition and above all that F16 DoF. You must dust off some more if they are this quality.


Hi Paul,
This is like a fairy tale!
DOF is so good, it seems that the tree branches are getting into my screen, as well as the amazing greens around.
And what to say about the sky? Pretty amazing.
My compliments and thanks for bring it to the light.
Best regards,

Hi Paul,

The colours in this image are fantastic. So nice. I have to congratulate you on how well you have processed this image. Perfect DOF. Well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-02 6:00]

One word: WOOOOW!
This has such a good atmosphere, it feels very magical and dreamy.
The lighting is just stunning!
Excellent DOF.
Superb composition.
Brilliant exposure.

Very well done!


Paul...not sure if you ever heard this from me..only one perhaps..."I'm going to have to break your hands" :-) This is what I used to say when I was a young musician and guitar player...I usually opened for some big name acts such as Gordon Lightfoot and others..back in the 1960's...and they played so doggone well I would turn to my singing partner and tell her..I am going to have to break thqat guys hands...it meant obviously that ones hands were much much better than mine...and in this picture...all alone if this were the only one you had on TN, I would stop dead in my tracks and try to emulate it in someway. It is beyond good Paul.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-02 6:50]

Hi Paul

A very beautiful shot from your archives and a splendid view over this sector of the New Forest.
I really like you composition here because the tree almost devides the colorful sky in two: colder tones on the left and warm ones on the right.
The effect created is almost surreal and therefore the value of your capture is exceptional.
Very good control over the exposure and excellent sharpness all the way.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-02 8:06]

Hi Paul.
You are magician. You can do with colour palette all what you want. Fantastic. Sky is in a fire. And tremendous green and blue colours opposite. Pictured scene is amazing too. Alone tree is looked perfectly. Bravo. Fantastic job.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-02 8:13]
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Hi Paul!

This is one of best sunsets I've ever seen! I love composition with tree dividing picture between two parts - blue and orange one. Breathtaking picture, it remainds me cover of record of an old art rock band, Marillion, Dream Theatre or something similiar.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-02 8:27]

Hello Paul,
Just bloomin INCREDIBLE.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-02 9:05]

Hi Paul,
Colors and light look stunning! The photo looks so alive. Very well exposed and composed. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Paul,

Very nice landscape shot.

For two years I am passing trough to the New forrest, beautiful area.
Beautiful colours has this picture.
I wish I were back in England, a very beautiful country.


Hi Paul!
What a view and what a vivid colours! Great capture and there is really nothing to add!

Hello Paul,
awesome landscape in great quality!
the tree and the awesome sky makes this painting simply the best presentation for everyone here to view and enjoy! my respect for a fine artist and a great photographer from UK!
take good care and sincere regards

Hi Paul,
Really impressive! So real and so magic! The PP is very well done. TFS,

The increased saturation makes this image almost surreal. It is really amazing. It is stunning. That long road is luring me down to some magic other world...

Evelynn : )

Hello Paul,
Great capture, amazing colors and light, very good sharpness and depth of field, excellent composition and good low point of view, great dramatic sky, thf.

Hi Paul,

Ok, the thumbnail looked pretty dam good, but this is just spectacular! What a Sunset, colours are just awesome, the light falling on the tree is just beautiful, the whole composition is just amazing, hope I didn’t over do it, but hey I like this a lot :)

Just excellent, Rick :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-02 23:13]

Hi Paul

I love the lighting here. The colours are really beautiful too. The cirro-cumulus clouds add a lot of movement to the shot and compliment the form of the Scotts Pine.


Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this beautiful sunset. Very well composed with the beautiful tree in the foreground. Very nice lights and superb colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-03 0:36]

Merhaba Paul,

Bu ne kadar etkileyici bir manzara! Yeşilin muhteşem tonlarıyla birlikte, sağda güneşin kızıllandırdığı enteresan bulutların yanında solda masmavi bir gökyüzü, seyri doyumsuz bir güzellik oluşturmuş. Çok başarılı bir kare. Paylaşımınız için çok teşekkürler.


  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-03 2:36]

Hello Paul, Your shot and joe's shot coincide with the kind of skyscape. Beautiful sharp focus and well composed shot. Smiley tmrw

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-03 3:27]

Hello Paul,
What a wonderful sunset with a beautiful Pine Tree in focus against the dramatic sky. Excellent DOF, wonderful colours and a great composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-09-03 7:19]

Hello Paul
A very nice photo. Super colors and Light.


I like very much the mood of this picture! Beautiful landscape. Good colours and light.
Best wishes,

Hi Paul,
I am going to envy your harddrive. If you are comming up with such great photos from the past. I am going to say that life isn't fair. I don't think I've got these kind of stunners in a sleeping mode on my harddrive.
The shape of this tree is very beautiful and I do hope you are going to show this tree more often. Maybe in a different season and with different light. Speaking about light. That sunset is awesome.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-03 14:24]
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Hi Paul

Wow, I mean WOW. This is one of those shots that one cannot help but saying, "I wish I took that one". Absolutely fabulous and to think that it came from your archives. Wow. Even from the thumbnail I could see this is a stunner and I wonder if you did not deliberately place it in the archives to keep us waiting although we did not even realise we missed it (chuckle).

Opening the photo made me take a deep breath while the visual impact took hold of me and then I sat backwards and really enjoyed the view, from corner to corner (all 4) and then from top to bottom and back to the top. The tree split the two toned sky in half - fire to the right and the clouds to the left hold the promise of water. The bottom 1/3 is earth with the living vegetation and the tree reaching to the sky and the incredible clearness of the image represents air (wind). There you have it all: earth, wind, fire and water. Superb work.

Well done and TFS.

I seem to have lost touch, can't keep pace with your rate of posting, mate!
Joe's said what I wanted to!
You're the best!

What a wonderfully captured sunset with the tree as the divider. It almost looks like the tree is burning on the right. Sunsets can become so cliche but yours here is something out of the ordinary... spectacular. TFS


Hello Paul,
Another extraordinary image. Partially due to the weather?:-)
Beautiful tree, you photographed here.

Hi Paul
This is FANTASTIC! A gorgeous sunset, a beautiful tree, fresh air, the weather looks great. A day to remember for sure. Your image has captured the essence of a beautiful day. Well done.
TFS Janice

Hi Paul,
It's been awhile since my last visit..
This one jumps out in your gallery, so here I am.
Amazing capture, a most "religious" experience..
Glorious shot :)

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