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Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor
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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: 2008-03-03
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV & Cokin Grad
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 2, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-05 5:36
Viewed: 4684
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
another shot of the Scots Pine that featured in a recent post of mine, at Batley View in the New Forest. In that post, it was set against a warm summers sunset...here, the scene is somewhat different.
This was taken during the only time we saw snow in the New Forest this year (so far anyway). The white stuff only hung around for a few hours unfortunately, before dissappearing back up into the sky from whence it came...the thing i like about this is that you can still see the snow floating in the air on the left of shot, discolouring the clouds slightly.

I love Scots Pines, after Oaks they are probably my favourite native tree. When i did a tour of Scotland last year, i camped in the Cairngorms National Park, where the largest remaining stretch of ancient Caledonian Forest can still be found. They are everywhere here, their twisting, gnarled almost orange trunks are a feast for the eyes. They are the only Pine native to Northern Europe, forming either pure forests or alongside Norway Spruce, Common Juniper, Silver Birch, European Rowan, Eurasian Aspen and other hardwood species. They used to cover most of the UK, but around 300 years ago most of them were cleared for timber, and to deter wolves from hiding in them, which to me is just an evil upon evil.
Only comparatively small areas (17,000 ha, only just over 1% of the estimated original 1,500,000 ha) of this ancient forest remain...Britain is now just a over crowded food factory really, our wild places penned in and under siege and pushed up high and towards the coast...those of you who live in countries that still have unspoilt natural environments are very lucky!

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend everybody..

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To joey: 40DPaulH 2 09-06 12:32
To horia: Hi matePaulH 4 09-05 08:46
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Hallo Paul
Now I can see what they mean with the words of the song "Winter Wonderland". This is a scene one normally see on the Christmas cards. A real fairy tale picture. I can feel the cold, but see the beauty. I have seen snow before, but from your lens and camerawork you present us a wonderland. Snow images are just awesome and this one of yours is no exception. I heard that it is great to photograph snow because of the light reflecting back from below. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed looking at this one.
Kind regards

It is a shame when nature becomes only a place to take from and satisfy our extravagant desires.

The photo is beautiful... very well done. TFS


Hi Paul,

You have shown us something magnificent here. We are not used to seeing snow so this is, indeed, a wonderland. The effect that you have created together with good exposure and Dof is awesome.

Even our open spaces in South Africa are under threat due to land claims and mining pressures. Most of the Kruger Park has rich coal deposits and this is being eyed malevolently.



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-05 7:01]

Hello Paul,
Superb image of this wintery scene, Janice (Lovenature) says we have had snow in the mountains seen we left, early winter perhaps. The sky in your image looks threatening.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-05 8:03]
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Hi Paul

I can easily see why you like this type of tree so much...it's indeed very photogenic!
This is a really refreshing shot...nice to cool off with some snow :) (here we still have almost 30 degrees everyday).

I like your composition here with the pine positioned at 1/3 of the frame and a good, wide view of the scene. The sky is beautiful and the atmosphere is well captured.
However, i can't help noticing that there's something unnatural here...maybe because of the PP. I think there is a bit of lack in true blacks (at least on the monitor i'm viewing this at) and also a strange halo around the top of the tree.
Even so, a nice shot.

Bravo and TFS

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-09-05 8:09]

Hi Paul,

I think that your photo is fantastic. But, I was saddened to read about the destruction of your forests. That happens where I'm living too, as well as in most other parts of the world. With our TN pictures, we are able to capture the beauty that exists. And, at the same time, provide reminders that the beauty will go away unless we act to preserve it.


Great shot! Looks like a fairy tale. Beautiful white colur and composition. But it seems there is a white border around the tree, may be due to little bit over-use of the 'highlight' tool. Anyways, great work! Thanks for sharing.

Hello Paul,
Beautiful tree in a winter scenery. Moody is the word.
Excellent compo!
Well done

This is wonderful Paul! It is the right type of image for framing and placing somewhere one can just gaze at it and feel the calm and beauty. A+

Evelynn : )

Hi Paul
Another winter landscape. This time with more snow. As always great mood, beautiful sky and perfect exposure on white. Great composition with the tree on the right

beautiful pic, nice composition, TFS Ori

Hi Paul,

Nice lonely tree in winter, its totaly different with the previous post during the sunset.Anyway i like both and you chose the beeutiful POV for both situation.TFS.


Hy Paul
In the middle of the summer, ok, autumn now, you show us a winter picture. Probably with the intension to enjoy maybe the fewest nice days till the "bad" season will come. The think that i like most in this picture is the color of the pine bark, it is warm, contrasting with the "frozen" atmosphere.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-05 11:13]

Hello Paul,
Strange to see a photo like a Christmas Card in summer. But beautiful it is!
What an excellent composition and fascinating colours. The clouds in the air are amazing.
Kind regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-05 11:31]

Hi Paul. From the weather we have had today it might as well be winter.I have had the last week off and all its done is rain , and i have a cold. Anyway this was the day i drove to stockers lake in my small car and you stayed home. This was worth going up to the forest just to get this one picture. The tree against the snow clouds is amazing. If you look to the right hand corner the blue sky is on the way already.

TFS. have a nice weekend.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-05 12:02]

Merhaba Paul!

Muhteşem bir manzara. Bu sıcak yaz günlerinde insanı serinleten bir güzellik. Renkler ve kompozisyon çok hoş.
Eline sağlık.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-05 13:34]
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Wooooooow! This shot leapt out of the screen when I opened it!
This really is exceptional, Paul.
The composition is superb and I love the stark contrast between the dark tree and the snow that has caked it.
Wonderful sky too.

Very, very well done!



p.s where did you get your 40D from? I'm gonna buy one soon but want to get it for a good price :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-05 23:08]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding shot with such wonderful details. Beautiful lighting and exposure and I like the overall effect the sky presents here. The lone Pine stands tall and so very elegantly. Very attractive image. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-05 23:54]

Hi Paul

Wonderful composition - really specacular in fact - wonderful work here.


Ciao Paul, great winter landscape with splendid tree and fantastic sky, fascinating composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Paul,

This is a very artistic, almost poetic shot!
Just look at that tree with its arms spread and its head to one side, inviting people to view th beauty of its newly acquired gown!
The subdued colours, especially in the sky, are so appropriate to the whole mood. Very nicely composed.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Paul,
I have to agree with Horia. Something is strange about the blacks and the PP work around the tree is a bit too clearly shown. When you brighten a tree its best to zoom in a lot and use a very small brush. There also seems to be a odd stripe or two in the sky and the sky has a lot of grain. That aside, the view is stunning and the tree does have some magic in its shape and location. This really looks like a beautiful area to roam around in.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-06 3:13]

Hello Paul, Excellent landscape with superb sharpness. Lovely presentation of the sky with a great composition. Ganesh

Wow Paul! Is that means that the winter is comming? And what about autumn??? ;)
Great and very refreshing photo as for the end of summer (even if in Lodz it is raining right now...). I am not sure, but this is the first of your pictures (??) which present winer with snow in UK. Lovely scenery and traditionaly wonderful view (I must say that watching your picture I learn a lot how to watch for landscapes).
But one more thing at the and - please remember about autumn picture! I am waiting for one or two! ;>

Hi Paul!

I'm in a hurry, but the fact that I put it into my favourites should say enough:

Just marvellous! An eye-candy...

Kind regards


What a shot, mate!You simply rock!
But then, there's no one even close to you, IMHO, when it comes to landscapes!
Respect, bro!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-08 1:04]

Hello Paul,
I'm late again, but this shot, I wouldn't have missed it. It's so "féerique", like we say in French. It must be the Snow Queen's-Land! Excellent composition, beautiful fine colours, a dream.
Thanks a lot for it
Bonne journée

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