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Inbetween two Seasons

Inbetween two Seasons
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-20 10:44
Viewed: 3429
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I already mentioned in my previous photo, the autumn hasn't fully started yet. A lot of native trees are still green and only few have changed color. The temperatures are still too high to start the real transition.

Deciduous plants are believed to shed their leaves in autumn primarily because the high costs involved in their maintenance would outweigh the benefits from photosynthesis during the winter period of low light availability and cold temperatures. However, there is no reason why leaf fall should necessarily be preceded by the production of vivid autumn colors, and the function of the color change is still uncertain. Autumn colors (especially red) are not just due to the breakdown of chlorophyll; in fact anthocyanins (red-purple) are actively produced in autumn.

Here I've captured the first visible color change of the leaves of a Beech tree. Although other trees blocked most of the sunlight, this smaller branch found a little opening to capture some light. My elevated position allowed for such an angle that the sun illuminated the top of the leaves while the background was not filled with skylight.

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Hi Niek
First Vinny now you ;-) Another colorful autumn mosaic. Great transition between seasons. I like tha back light here and dark background. Very good job

Hi Niek my neighbour!
I think that our pictures really compliment one another - I see that in the Netherlands your trees look about the same as ours in the UK. Not enough frost to really start the colour change on most species.
Beech are one of my favourite trees and we have some impressive specimens in the New Forest which is close to where I live. The mixture of different leaves works really well, and the detail of each leaf stands out against the dark background.
Kind Regards

Hi Niek
This image is so pretty. I love the colours and the shape of the leaves. It's very simple on one hand, yet very artistic. Beautifully composed.
TFS Janice

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-20 12:20]

Hello Niek,
What a beautiful pattern of Beech leaves very nicely captured in beautiful light. Excellent sharpness and I like the diagonal branches. Our Beeches are about the same colours now but as we have more rain now the leaves are beginning to fall. A big sigh!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-20 12:45]

Hello Niek,
This is a beautiful autumnal pattern of beech leaves well taken against the light with fine sharpness, the leaves in different stages of autumnal change forming a superb kaleidoscope of colours in a wonderful composition.
TFS this beauty,

Yes you did manage a sort of 3-D effect with the foreground so well lit against the darker BG. That is such a beautiful green... at least on my monitor. One never knows what anyone else is seeing I suppose. Nice sharpness and perfect exposure. I like this overall pattern. I didn't think that you liked them much though.

I'm going to get my magnifying glass now and blow this baby up and look for a hint of noise!!! Just kidding. I couldn't see it even if it were there!!! : ) You seem to have that problem under control.

Evelynn : )

Perhaps among the Deciduous ones there is better apt for them to hang on in colder months..because due to your longitude you should be even more coloured than us here at my location...Interesting...raises some question about this winter coming and what it shall be...

Hallo Niek,

Wat een schitterend contrast heb jij weergegeven. Varierend van groen naar geel en uiteindelijk bruin. Inderdaad heel treffend de overgang. Helder en zeer scherp. Goed gebruik gemaakt van de lichtval. De schaduwwerking van sommige blaadjes werkt heel speels.

Een BINGO in deze herftsaflevering.



Hi Niek

I think I have a little more of Autumn here and may be able to get some shots of it at the weekend when my brother-in-law gets married in an arboretum...

I really like the vertical format here - I have always gone landscape on shots like this and I really think that this works amazingly well in portrait helped really well by the branch running in a curve from almost top left to bottom right.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-21 5:29]

I really like that picture, Niek, it comes out as a pattern of beautiful colours and light, spots here and there of leaves before they fall. You really picked a great pov, it is perfect. Thank you, a natural pattern that comes out so artistically.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-21 10:28]

Hi Niek

A very nice abstract shot of the first stage of fall on this beech tree.
I, too, thought about shooting the same thing a few days ago...i don't know why i backed down, especially after looking at your shot.
The backlight effect here looks great and it really brings out more details and colors from your scene. I'm also a little surprised that an f/2.8 allowed you to keep the entire branch and leaves in full focused...great job here...i'm sure that allowed you to ignore the eventual wind that was present.
Overall, a lovely shot, my friend. Hope to see more autumn shots from you (especially after the colors get really vibrant).

Bravo and TFS

Hello my friend Niek,
I loved the colour contrast between the deep green leafs and the changed one! looks like you will have sometime to go to have your full autumn in Netherlands!
the lighting is good with sharpness and good details
many thanks for the sharing
take care and my warmest regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-21 21:44]

Hello Niek Very good thought and a nice composition. The shot is all about your message and composition. Ganesh

Hi Niek,
This is perfectly titled and captured shot, wonderful combination of colours, perfect exposure and sharpness, I like very much how you filled the frame with branches, excellent, TFS & best wishes,

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