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The small "V"

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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Trees, River
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/16, 5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!!, Autumn At Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-19 2:33
Viewed: 3058
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,

I simply couldn't stay home and do anything else yesterday and i had to go out in search for some autumn shots :)

I went to a place that i haven't visited for quite some time and i was really happy with the location choice i made. This place is at about 50 km from where i live and it's called "The Black Forest". The name probably comes from the dark feeling of the woods that are crossed by numerous streams, giving a hi humidity to the entire place and therefore a darker color to the barks of the very dense trees. Unfortunately i didn't have much time to stay and walk through there so i was running around most of the time searching for interesting compositions. I hope to be able to take some time off work soon and go there again before all the autumn colors disappear.

Since my last shot was called "The big "V"" i decided to post this shot with the two streams flowing into one and creating another natural "V" shape. Further more, the two hills in the back let only a triangle of the sky in the frame...another "V" if you like :)

My favorite bit of this scene here is the different color of the two sides of the "V" - the left one reflecting the warmer tones of the sunny slope while the right one being blue and cold.

Hope you'll like it, too and thanks for visiting!

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin ND GradP121M
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 5 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: -2/3
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 3 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

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Hi Horia
Great presentation of a beautiful autumn forest. Great moood, great light behind the trees. Perrfect composition with a stream. A great place for walks

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-10-19 3:01]

Hello Horia,
After the big V, a nice preentation of the small one :-) I have a big sentiment to stream gorges for their mysterious dark character, colours, interesting flora and fauna. Often they are like oases in otherwise dry landscapes (particularly in southern Europe). Besides, I like pictures with blurred water. Your picture presents the environment in a great way.
Best greetings,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-19 3:04]

Hi Bogdan,very beautiful pic,i like a lot the atmosphere of peace and quiet and the impressive effect of the water,my best compliments,have a nic Sunday,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-19 4:55]

Hello Horia,
The golden and the siver purling brook meeting. It is a marvellous story and a very pleasant sight. You have chosen the ideal point of view, showing marvellously well the difference of both of them, due also I suppose to the light. I also like the vertical framing, offering a view on the background and on the sky. Very well done
Best regards

Hello Horia!
After picture with "bigger V", today a smaller one ;) Nice autumn picture Horia! You kept the beauty of this period of year with great colours and light. I must say that this is not my favourite period of year, but in your photo it simly looks great :)
All the best from rather clourdy and grey autumn Lodz ;)

Hi Horia,
I am not sure, but it looks like you need to write a little oops. It feels that the photo is tilted to the right.
I really like that you've caught such clear evidence that indirect light is as important then direct light. The reflecting light of the sunny slope gave the water a wonderful color. The pefect contrast with the cool blue is ofcourse magnificent. Its a pitty that the color fringing of this lens is so much visable.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-19 7:17]

Hello Horia,
I can almost hear the trickle of the stream in this lovely woodland! Wonderful contrasts in light and shade here and I like the beautiful carpet of leaves on the ground. A beautiful composition too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-19 9:34]

Hi Horia.
Once more brilliant art picture from you, my friend. I am amazed with richness and beautifulness of colour palette. We can see wide range of lovely colours. POV is selected perfectly too. Pictured view is fine and applied technique has brought terrific result. I also am impressed with great exposure. All fine captured objects are exposed and detailed very well. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-19 9:38]

Hi Horia. This is beautiful. well woth your trip to see and get a picture. You have a good compostion taking in the the stream. I like the way you have captured the light though the tree. I see the tree in the foreground has a V in the trunk. well done TFS.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-10-19 10:10]
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imi place compozitia dar consider suparator faptul ca _culoarea albastra a cerului a intrat peste crengile copacilor.

eu zic ca se poate elimina destul de usor in photoshop. daca as fi avut varianta mai mare as fi incercat chiar eu. la copacul mare iei sponge tool il setezi pe desaturate si dai pe copac iar albastrul care a intrat peste crengutele mici banuiesc ca se poate elimina prin aceeasi metoda ca si purple fringingul.

p.s. mi se pare cam ciudat ca la o expunere de f16 5sec sa iasa cerul albastru. in mod normal ar fi trebuit sa fie supraexpus. eu zic ca se poate face un workflow mai simplu in photoshop incat sa faci din alb albastru deschis doar pe o anumita zona fara sa intre pestre negru.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-10-19 10:52]

Hi horia,

this is really nice! I love the composition and the colours are superbly saturated. The warm and the cold sides of the stream really work well.



PS i think im gonna have to side with you, and say that i dont think it is tilted to the right. ;)

Hi Horia,

This is lovely. The golden reflection on the left creek and the milky blue tint to the right side one is particularly interesting. I read Niek's critique. I don't think your image is tilted... I think you are just lately attracted to tilting trees?!! : ) I took a similar shot yesterday where I got awful fringing of the branches aginst the sky. I thought perhaps it was because my aperture was too wide but that certainly isn't the case here. So you think it is lens quality that causes it?? I was shooting with a very good lens. (Canon 24-70 f2.8) I'm confused : )

Evelynn : )

What a beautiful and precise long exposure shot. It is really difficult to obtain such a clear and well exposed forest and don't burn the sky, you did it perfectly, congratulations! The water looks beautiful too.
I love this kind of places, and in this shot i can even smell the fungi which is about to appear :)
Have nice week, Felipe.

Merhaba Horia,fotoğraflanacak en güzel yeri seçmişsiniz.Nefis bir kompozisyon oluşturmuşsunuz.Bir tarafta durağanlık,bir tarafta hareketlilik.Belki zıtlıklar,belki kesişmeler,belki yol ayrımları.Bir yanımız ağlarken öbür yanımız güler gibi.Ne kadar çok şey hissettirdi birden bire bana.İyi bir ışık altında uzun pozlama ile iki farklı fotoğraf birleşmiş gibi.Çok beğendim,çoook,ellerine sağlık,tebrikler :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-20 5:35]

Hello Horia, very nice presentation of this forest. Good shot with superb mood and lovely trees. Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-20 10:01]

Hello my friend,
good to hear you have been busy! And what a great example of exposure control here - a bright, fresh looking day witha long expoure on the stream - nicely done! Obviously the POV is very well chosen too, creating heaps of depth. The reflected green in the left hand fork of the river is a great touch too - well done mate!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-20 13:06]

Hello Horia
This is real poetry! What a marvellous picture! How perfectly you capture the lights in the forest, the stream running, the colors of autum...
I love the POV and the composition, the different sides of the v, as you say, and everything! A lovely picture and lovely note too.
Thank you very much dear friend.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-20 14:02]

Hi Horia

Greetings from the wilds of Namibia - somewhere near the Fish River Canyon - no roads but they have wi-fi!!!

A beautifully composed shot - lovely colours and exposure - great work.


Hi Horia

I have to say I like this photo a lot.

I have read the other critiques, so wont comment on them... though i did tilt my head to look at the picture..

Anyhow - I really like the dark foreground getting lighter and lighter as it goes to the background and the patches of light there.


Salu Horia
Fain. La asta nu mai am ce comenta. Imi place cum se imbina cele doua paraiase, de culori diferite. Chiar nu prea imi explic totusi cum de unul e albastru si celallat galbui, probabil cel galbui era inca in bataia soarelui, iar cel albastru complet in umbra.

Hello Horia,
Another kind of peaceful V photo. As always nicely composed.
Very good colors and lighting as well.
A lot of 3D or is it 3V?
Well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-21 14:21]

A wonderful image, Horia!
The blurred stream is beautiful amongst the autumn leaves.
Very sharp and crisp.
Excellent composition.
Perfect exposure.

Well done mate!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-22 0:41]

Buna Horia,

Acest peisaj cu padurea este foartebine realizat. Timpul relativ mare de expunere ce ti-a permis redarea neclara a apei sugereaza foarte bine curgerea acesteia. Lumina pe care ai redat-o in imagine este foarte frumoasa si ai prezentat bine diferentele mari de luminozitate.

TFS si toate cele bune,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-23 4:05]

Hi again,
This is indeed a small V and i think i like this one a wee bit more for the rich colours coming alive in this dark woods.

The streams must make it a very charming place to be and it is as if i can hear the water as they pass by, rolling little pebbles on the way.The autumn leaves make it more colourful.
The light of the sun seen in far away BG has an impact on the viewer and makes the composition more cheerful, warm and endearing.

Wonderful PoV and composition friend.
I would love to add this to my "Unforgettable" theme.

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