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Taking a Break

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 20 December 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Even the trees need to take a break every now and then. These three are every bit as big as they look.

Nikon D700 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

How come ? Are you tired of me ? ha ha.... I need a break too , maybe when you get back :)

This is truly amazing picture. Monochrome is perfect and compo is just gorgeous !

20 Dec 2009 5:17am

@MARIANA: Tired of you; never!! Anyway, I'm not taking a break; the trees are taking a break; they have more sense than we humans do. Thanks for your kind words, mon chere.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Ah, ok :))) I was sure your title means - YOU are taking a break :))

20 Dec 2009 5:35am

@MARIANA: No, no, no; my titles refer to the photographs. Me; I'm shy and retiring.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I don't like change and I don't like losing favorite people and favorite photographers !!!
So I am glad to know that the barren trees are the only ones resting for winter.
YOU just keep on keeping on !!! :-)
Until tomorrow...Dulcie

20 Dec 2009 5:58am

@Dulcie: Thanks.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

They are huge. Great image showing them against the house.

20 Dec 2009 6:21am

@Self-Indulgence: Thanks.

JamesC from portland, United States

wow, this is fantastic, love it.

20 Dec 2009 6:55am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

20 Dec 2009 7:12am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful BW picture and presentation.

20 Dec 2009 7:22am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, much different from yesterday's. Did you use that software ( I forgot the name ) ? This is one of your best shots, I think.

20 Dec 2009 8:41am

@Hiro: Thank you.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Jolie composition Jack, j'aime ces grands arbres nus qui attendent le retour du printemps pour se parer de feuilles qui feront un joli rideau à cette délicieuse maison

20 Dec 2009 8:45am

Yvon from Orleans, France

terrefic shot
very nice, Jack

20 Dec 2009 8:52am

@Yvon: Merci.

zahra from shiraz, Iran

great,very nice.

20 Dec 2009 9:07am

Mhélène from Paris, France

really superb in b&w ! I like the light and composition of the photo !

20 Dec 2009 9:27am

@Mhélène: Merci.

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

extra-extraordinary ...
i love it...

20 Dec 2009 9:39am

@*MЯG*: Thank you.

k@ from Paris, France

They breathe Pride - your black (especially on the house) and white (the trees) is a splendor*

20 Dec 2009 10:20am

@k@: Merci.

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Three fantastic trees in the foreground and a lovely house under his protection. A magnificent composition and comfortable! Congratulations jack! Greetings. Adela

20 Dec 2009 10:27am

@Fonts: Gracias.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful contrast in B&W ! nice composition

20 Dec 2009 10:58am

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

I love it. Nice shadows and silhouettes. Very cool.

20 Dec 2009 11:00am

@Margie: Thanks.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

excellent contrast! I would love to have so beautiful tree around my house, just lovely.

20 Dec 2009 11:10am

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you.

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Hi, a beautiful , I like much, good Sunday.

20 Dec 2009 11:28am

Momo from Montpellier, France

this is really exquisite light...love the big trees, kinda silvery branches fading to black, backed up by the scary looking dark house...nice composition...

i'm with you on the takin' a break front...trees go to sleep in winter only to come back bigger and better than ever in the spring...humans, sadly, have lost (have been forced to lose) all contact with nature and we now toil and struggle all year long...I wonder if the human race would disappear from the face of the earth if all work stopped between 15 december and 15 february?...or, would we come back better than ever?...

20 Dec 2009 11:32am

@Momo: Thanks, Morris. I certainly could learn from the trees.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

You have captured these old giants beautifully. Superb composition and the contrast is spot on. I like the frame a lot :)

20 Dec 2009 11:33am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Phenomenal, I love trees so much, I think you know by now...this is a dream, bravo, have a good rest and merry Christmas x

20 Dec 2009 12:28pm

@Lorraine: Thanks. Just the trees are taking a break. See you tomorrow.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Those trees are beautifully silhouetted against the sky, yet lit with light from the right.
I really like your processing.

20 Dec 2009 1:32pm

@Judy: Thanks, Judy.

zOOm from Paris, France

Wondeful trio in winter. They are the Kings. Lovely compo Jack, really poetic with this little house on top of the hill.

20 Dec 2009 1:39pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Canada

Great job, bravo!

20 Dec 2009 1:52pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Don't you just love the way that we can see their form when winter removes the leaves?

20 Dec 2009 1:53pm

@Curly: Yep.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

A lovely, well composed shot. Lovely. Glad it is not you taking a break!

20 Dec 2009 2:50pm

@MrsAmber: No break yet. I do need to become more discriminating in what I post.

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Bravo! Even taking a break they are beautiful. Nice composition.

20 Dec 2009 3:08pm

Slackwater - don from spokane, United States

I like the pristine look of this fine scene. The three huge trees make a fine statement of their own and provide a great setting for the house. Wonderful processing. Spot on!

20 Dec 2009 3:17pm

@Slackwater - don: Thanks, Don.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Jack..you've outdone yourself......the composition is just awesome, and the resulting image speaks of perfect processing!!! 5 stars for sure!!

20 Dec 2009 3:51pm

@Susan: Many thanks.

alex centrella from California, United States

great capture, and i love the frame, it adds the finishing touch !

20 Dec 2009 4:40pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

i like the trees shot ,her the tones are wonderful and the trees "majestics"
friendships

20 Dec 2009 4:59pm

Celeb from Madrid, Spain

Great work here, John. Nice composition, BW and postprocessing. I like it so much.

20 Dec 2009 5:24pm

@Celeb: Gracias.

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

you're the best my friend !!!!!!!!!!!!! Je suis complètement hypnotisée par ta photo. Je trouve cette vue exceptionnelle, par ce jeux d'ombres et ce ciel puissant ! C'est tout simplement : magique ! Une très très belle sensation quand je regarde cette image... il y a la force, la douceur et la vie, malgré les ombres. Parfait.

20 Dec 2009 6:00pm

@Peggy M.: You are so kind, sweet Peggy. Thank you.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Veru beautiful scene, I like this b/w framing, great photo.

20 Dec 2009 6:49pm

@Paco Díaz: Gracias.

Manel from Girona, Spain

Exelent B&W landscapr very well worked and framed

20 Dec 2009 6:49pm

@Manel: Gracias.

Atanasia from ., Canada

A beautiful landscape, I adore b.w. The frame is a nice added touch.

20 Dec 2009 6:58pm

@Atanasia: Thank you.

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Great framing!
Very beautiful b&w shot!

20 Dec 2009 8:24pm

@Reflecteur: Thank you.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like these 3 wonderful and majestuous sihouettes of trees. Excellent rendering of B&W

20 Dec 2009 8:37pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Merci chere amie.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Lovely shot, Jack. I have a painting of big trees in fall that my dad painted for me. It's profoundly similar in the feeling it evokes. There is strength there, and a sense of barren-ness that reminds me of your title, Taking a Break.

20 Dec 2009 9:52pm

@LauraS: To evoke those memories means a great deal to me; I am so glad!

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Beautiful composition. Maybe even a little eerie in the tones.

20 Dec 2009 10:23pm

Ajay from Pune, India

The tone of black and white just brilliant, Jack. Makes all the difference.

21 Dec 2009 1:06am

@Ajay: This photograph just didn't cut it in color. It was ideal for a B&W conversion.

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Who would've thought a view as such could be so beautiful in B&W. Lovely work, my friend!

21 Dec 2009 1:27am

@dabbler: I took the shot because of the huge trees. I had no idea that it would render so well in B&W.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

They are beautiful old things. Super processing.

21 Dec 2009 1:59am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful crisp B&W.

21 Dec 2009 2:18am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is a great shot in black and white and I like the contrast on the branches!

21 Dec 2009 4:32am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thanks, Scott.

Barbara from Florida, United States

The contrast and clarity is outstanding. Exceptional compostion. I really like this.

21 Dec 2009 6:19am

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That's a cool branching structure that these big trees have. Lovely B&W.

21 Dec 2009 6:34am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is such a great image Jack. I love the monochrome, the way the trees seem to be joined at the branch tips to each others.

21 Dec 2009 6:59am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

An exceptional image, Jack. Super

21 Dec 2009 12:27pm

@SOUL AFLAME: Thanks, Paul.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

amazing shot and tones -- the image is very dreamy!

21 Dec 2009 2:39pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks for all of your recent comments.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

a fantastic image!

21 Dec 2009 6:06pm

@bekkah: Thanks.

Frances Berry from Athens, GA, United States

I would agree with everyone else that this is one amazing photograph. The size of those trees helps remind me how AWESOME nature is.

21 Dec 2009 6:33pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A very good shot! I believe the monochrome is enhancing the silhouettes of the trees!

22 Dec 2009 1:39pm

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

These trees look wonderful and so huge near the house ! Nice black and white photo !

22 Dec 2009 6:43pm

@Isabelle: Merci.

Manola from Bassens, France

des arbres comme j'aime! ils sont carrément magnifiques.. superbe!!!!

27 Dec 2009 7:47am

@Manola: Merci.

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Great B&W shot. Great and pronounced contrast and sharpness!

30 Dec 2009 4:49am

ismerie from Montcy-Notre-Dame, France

Belle composition pour ce paysage.

30 Dec 2009 6:49pm