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    First Light in the Forest

    More of an interpretive effort. Intentionally a bit dark, contrasty and soft. I like it, but understand it's a personal preference piece. C&C always appreciated. Please pop it into Lytebox

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    I’m also a fan of dark woodland shots with sun light beaming through the trees. Is that a stream? i’d of liked to of seen this enhanced and maybe the moss as well , nice though

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Kevin,

    I really enjoy your work and do like this image. The sun streaming through the trees is lovely - you really seem to have an eye for light. I do wonder of the inclusion of more water in the foreground would improve the peaceful or 'soft' feel of the image. Maybe a portrait orientation with more water and part of the right removed (to the thickest tree)?

    It really is a lovely image and I think that it encourages the viewer to pause and ponder...

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Il like it as well. i too am a a fan of this type of shots.

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    I love the mood Kevin. Stunning!

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Great image Kevin. I see the possibility of several different crops within this one...none better, just different.
    I think I have been there before. Keep em coming, some day I will be back there.

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    An excellent piece that appeals to me as well Kevin. Nicely done!

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Thanks to you all. Really glad it has some appeal for you. I'm adding here a slightly different rendering that I had made that was more similar perhaps to some of your thoughts below. (They are looking a little darker here than in my LR catalog)

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    VERY beautiful picture.

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    With the second, my eye is drawn much more to the details on the forest floor and the pool of water. Although the sunlight in the trees is still important to the overall scene, for me it now plays a supporting role rather then being the primary subject.

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Love it, its more tranquil, my eyes catch the water first then u look up to see the light shining in the trees and that makes the image . great work

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Dense woods are dark, creepy, enchanting places. You pulled it off.

    Can't find the elves...

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    With the second, my eye is drawn much more to the details on the forest floor and the pool of water. Although the sunlight in the trees is still important to the overall scene, for me it now plays a supporting role rather then being the primary subject.

    Thanks for checking back, Frank

    You very precisely point out the dilemma I had, and why I kept two versions. On one hand, the light through the trees was the main purpose of the shot, and everything else was "marginalized" to keep it that way. On the other, I thought a splash of light down low would still communicate that this is a mixed water and forest scene, and create an eye-line up to the ethereal rays.

    Still can't decide. Why must life be so hard ?

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post

    Can't find the elves...
    Thanks, Mike, Gary and Bobo.

    I am a huge Tolkien fan, and morph into a 10 year old everytime I visit this place. Takes me about 3 days to quit looking for wood elves.

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    LOL!! I could not find any elves too, but I do see an Ent! Look carefully and you guys will find it!

    Very nice image, Kevin. Very good use of light, IMO. And it does make me think of Fangorn! Thanks for sharing it...
    Last edited by Otavio; 1st February 2013 at 11:40 PM.

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Kevin, I see what you mean about being torn between the two images. #2 has a slight edge for me but they are both stunning.

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    gorgeous photo.. leaning towards #2, but both are gorgeous

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by Otavio View Post
    LOL!! I could not find any elves too, but I do see an Ent! Look carefully and you guys will find it!

    Very nice image, Kevin. Very good use of light, IMO. And it does made me think of Fangorn! Thanks for sharing it...
    Thanks, Otavio- a man after my own heart

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    Re: First Light in the Forest

    Thanks, Shane and Christina. I think I am also settling on #2.

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    I like it.

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