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A Rare Sight

A Rare Sight
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-07-28
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, UV & Cokin Grad
Exposure: f/22, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-20 6:47
Viewed: 3416
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

this is a 'Rare Sight' for two reasons. The first is that this is a Scots Pine, now nearly completely absent from the south of the UK now.
There are still relatively large numbers to be found in the remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forests of the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland, but around my neck of the woods, they are sadly mostly gone.
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..
Only comparatively small areas (17,000 ha, only just over 1% of the estimated original 1,500,000 ha) of this ancient forest remain...a sad fact, and one that is being repeated around the globe as we continue to cut down the diminishing Forests we have left...and in doing so only diminish ourselves.

The second reason this is a 'Rare Sight', is that it is in black & white, something we sadly don't see much of on TrekNature these days. I took this in the summer on what had started out to be a promising evening, but soon turned dull and drab as a low front swooped in from the west.
So, i thought i'd use the low light to my advantage and try an extra long exposure....the colours were grey and washed out, so i converted it in Photoshop and was quite pleased with the result.

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend everybody :o)

Paul Haynes Photography

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hello Paul

beautiful atmosphere tone photo (jolie photo d'ambiance)
shot with fine POV that with the black & white conversion
brings to add to the atmosphere tone, le POV et la conversion
noir et blanc rajoute l'ambiance de la photo, TFS


Hi Paul,
I agree, we don't see black and white that often anymore. I guess it has to do with seeing it differently.
I like the effect on the fast moving clouds a lot. It gave this photo that bit extra and also created together with your low POV a lot of depth. The Scots Pine is a beauty and it has a wonderful view. The conversion to B&W is good, especially with the contrast in the sky. Maybe adding a little more contrast in the FG might be an idea, but it certainly does not make this photo less beautiful.

Hi Mr. paul,

What dramatic shot in B&W! The movement of the clouds emphazises the Tree. Beautiful! :-)
Thank you so much for sharing this photo.

Best regards,


hello Paul
the result fascinates me, does not know if it suits in the TN, but finally why not! Through the art of nature you offer your glance and your aesthetics.Very good b&w style, the main subject the sky has written splendidly! bravo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-20 7:34]
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Hello Paul,
I wonder when man will wake up to the fact that we must live in harmony with nature? It's really weird how many seem to think that economic growth can continue for ever! At least we're blessed with plenty of Pine trees here along the coast but urban development is spreading rapidly.
Your capture is wonderful - I love the only Pine and the fabuous cloud formation. Very well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Paul,
Excellent landscape, superb sharpness and details.
Nice composition. The moving clouds create a dramatic atmosphere.

Hi Paul

Love the sky - it works so very well in this picture - 30 seconds has really added to it - have been playing with some serious low light photography myself recently as well - one thought though - with the tree bending inwards to the left, it might have been better placed to the left of the frame? random thoughts - you have made the B&W work exceptionally well here.


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-20 10:20]

Very interesting this landscape. The exposition time, POV, DOV, everything is perfect and B&W too. Great job Paul and TFS.

I was going to say "beautiful atmosphere", but see that someone beat me to it. Your choice of B&W was excellent also. It breaks the scene down into a simple composition, with no distraction.

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-11-20 10:49]

Hi Paul,
Something black and white can do that colour just cant.Brilliant landscape and great composition,well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-20 10:55]

Hello Paul,
Your choice to make this photo in black and white was, in my eyes, a very good one. There's a perfect distribution in colour tones. The tree on the right side is another excellent choice in the composition. Great POV and DOF. The tree is a real beauty. Superb photo!

striking artistic pic, TFS Ori

Ciao Paul, fantastic B&W composition with splendid lonely Scots Pine, superb sky, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-11-20 14:55]

Hi Paul,
The "depth" of your photo is amazing. Well done and TFS
All the best,

Great long exposure. Lucky to have no wind. Fine photography skills.

A beautifully executed naturescape with great graphical impact Paul, thanks to your choice of the B&W medium, unfortunately rarely used nowadays...

Hello Paul! Wonderful tree. Amazing sky, excellent clouds, superb shot. Great effect. Well done!

Hello Paul

Sometimes the lemons we are handed make great lemonade.
The sky in this photo is amazing.
The B&W treatment adds to the solitude of the tree and after reading the notes,that solitude takes on a different meaning.
I agree with Selen the depth is terrific.
Great job.


Hi Paul!

You present us a surprising picture! I like it very much! I also believe that the b&w conversion suits the subject of the picture very well. And you are right, we tend to neglect this magnificent photographical technique.

Your picture surprises me more by the effect you have created with your particular exposure settings, and I love the artistic effect as a result of this. The picture has now a kind of surrealistic atmosphere that is captivating my interest.

Kind regards


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-11-25 7:32]

Hi again, Paul

Couldn't stop by without complimenting you on this one, too :)
I've had very much the same picture in my mind all this year but didn't find the perfect location for it and/or the right weather condition at all :(
However, it makes me happy to see you have. And you really pulled it off here as well! This lone Scots Pine looks formidable and thanks to its great and very photogenic shape it creates the perfect subject for such a compo.
Then, the weather condition were fantastic here as well: not much wind on the ground level (as i can see from the pine) but lots of it in the thick clouds above. The blend between the two gives this scene a true ethereal feel...and that's all YOU! You made that...you created that out of your skill and imagination of what you can do with the given conditions.
Very nicely done mate!


PAul, this is one of your best shots, I've seen.I was told we humans imagine and dream in B/W. So I think that should explain why I'm a sucker for B/W shots.
A stunner for sharing which I thank you!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-20 8:15]

Hi Paul.
Thanks for hearty congratulations on my 200th post as well as for this beautiful picture. I have missed it in due time. It is really very creative and impressive work. I also welcome B&W style. Long exposure is used perfectly. Crisp sharp details of the scene are great too. Bravo and TFS. Superb job.

Hello Paul!
Wonderful BW picture with so special atmosphere! I like a lot composition and effect of sky. It is very interesting that the tree is very sharp while the sky is blurred (if there was the wind, I would expect that the tree was mooving, at least a little).
All the best for 2010!!!

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