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Big and Small in Harmony

Big and Small in Harmony
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Copyright: Annie Belanger (Beger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-11
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 67 mm B+W käsemann Circpol
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50-59 points Part Nine, Friday theme 2008/12/19 "Big & Small", Seasons at Grande-Vallee [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-18 8:28
Viewed: 2455
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friends,
I thought that this photo could illustrate the Big and Small theme!
Big for the vastness of the coastal environment and the force of nature always in action, Small for the height of my village, with its 1200 inhabitants. I said often, small is beautiful. This is still more true when the harmony is present between the physical and social contexte! This is the case where I live!

I took this photo from the entrance of my house, just before my departure for a meeting, last week! I had not realized that the ISO was at 1600! What a surprise when I downloaded it! There was a lot of noise! I decided to keep it for the light. The snowstorm was finishing and the village looked at like if it was sleeping under a warm eiderdown.

Technically, I applied Neat Image for cleaning the noise. I selected the village and I added sharpen. I also added a sepia filter (25%).

Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend!

cmd213, Urfaust, mesquens1, lilimih33, shelbeesmom, CallMeMaria, bhobot, Royaldevon, gnada, dareco, mvdisco, manujmehta, ciore, chrisJ, Soundsangels, Reflex, ele_eng, bucanas, azaf1, trekks, tanburi, eyesthetix, Hendrika, viawia, brunorsantana, lukrecja, karith has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To OeilMagique: Bonjour Paul,Beger 1 12-22 13:53
To mbrito: Hi Jose,Beger 1 12-19 19:40
To Janice: Hello Janice,Beger 1 12-19 10:11
To shelbeesmom: Hi Linda,Beger 1 12-18 09:06
To Urfaust: Hi Marco,Beger 1 12-18 08:46
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Hello Annie,

Beautiful winter landscape photograph!! Great POV and sharpness!! The snow covered tree to the left side of the image really stands out well and compliments the image!

Nice work!


ciao Annie..
it's a superb capture!!
and it's not a question of big and small.. even if there is a sense of nature so wild.. it's for he light that here is wonderful.. there are incredible soft colours.. and the "white" takes all.. as a filter that creates a touch of unreal!! i really love it.. it's intense and leave me speachless! thanks

Olá Annie,
It´s a fantastic shot. Awesome place, great colors and details.
good sharpness in first plan. Nice blurred BG.
Very good PPW.

Hello Annie!
Very beautiful winter picture and very good result after your PP work!
Excellent winter composition!
Great light!
You see a lovely panorama from thr entrance of your house!
Best regards!

I can't imagine walking out of my house and seeing this everyday! WOW! Heaven on Earth! I see where the 1600 ISO hurt you in some areas. The white snow is blasted out, there is a great loss of detail in the buildings, BUT, comp is excellent, the mood is so nice, so you get the full boat as far as I'm concern. I'm not sure it matters as the view is what is important! Wonderful shot Annie!

Hi Annie,
This is absolutely beautiful!
A true Christmas card.
Such wonderful soft colors. It looks like a toy village. The trees in the foreground are very nice.
TFS and a nice weekend to you too.

Lovely winter scene Annie, very pleasing to the eye, the sky dose look very stormy.


amzing shot annie

very beautiful sky
and beautiful scenery




Excellent work dear Annie !Nice winter composition!Regards.

Bonsoir, Annie,
Tu as l'oeuil d'un artiste!
La composition est fabuleuse!
Telles sont les couleurs aussi.
Merci pour le partage!
C'est une fete pour les yeux voir tes images.
Joyeux Noel un peu d'avance!

Hi Annie,
Wow this is superb! The low contrast, the perfect composition, all together creates a very dramatic Christmas mod. Excellent posting.

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2008-12-18 11:29]

Bonjour Annie,
C'est un POV remarquable, on en prend plein les yeux avec cet univers entre terre et mer.
Ces nuances bleues/grises renvoie une superbe lumière.
J'aime bien la fumée qui sort de la cheminée, ça se distingue à peine, c'est subtile et la présence humaine se fond bien dans le paysage.
Bonne journée


Hello Annie,

What you have created is a cosy, sleepy town, suggling (as you noted) under its own light blanket. I love how the rising smoke has the same lazy mood with is slow, upward motion maintaining the impression of calm as it further blurs the line between sea and sky.
The detail is soft and blurred but that is how the atmosphere is created, a bit like an impressionist painting.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Theme aside, this is just a stunning shot Annie.
Love the softness and the dreamy effect the sky has.
Contrasted nicely with perfect clarity and focus on the town.
Well done.
- Vincent

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-12-18 15:45]

Hi Annie...

Lovely colorful winter shot...
Perfect details and well composed photo...
Beautiful sharpness and colors.

The results of your pp work is fantastic. You captured a beautiful landscape.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-12-18 19:44]

A really unique and beautiful winter scene! I love the composition and detail, and of course the pov is great. TFS

Bonsoir Annie,
Belle composition et magnifique POV.,
les nuages sont superbes, paysage de toute beauté, avec des couleurs magnifiques,,C'est excellent..

Hello Annie,
A very stunning winter landscape scene.
The lighting and soft tonal colours are superb.
What a view from your new house, Annie. You lucky gal.
The best, Joni

hello Annie
how are you doing?
this is a nice view, fine long shot, good aomposition, though we have lost some details due to burnt parts. bur the feel of this shot is warm and nice.
Manuj MEhta

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-12-19 3:41]

Amazing coastal panorama Annie the road leading to the church on the hill is breathtaking as is the cloudy sky.


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  • miau Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 59] (3606)
  • [2008-12-19 7:10]

Bonjour Annie,
C'est toute une chance d'avoir un tel paysage en sortant de chez soi.
Une belle réflexion sur le thème de cette semaine!
La lumière est remarquable et j'aime beaucoup le contraste créé entre le flou à l'horizon la netteté du village. Ajouté à ça, une composition impeccable.


Boa tarde Annie
The poetic touch of snow is superb here.
Great composition and mood.
Um abraço

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-12-19 10:02]
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Hello Annie
So this is the view from your new section... What a beautiful view. And you must be excited looking out the windows of your house and seeing different view from what you saw before you shifted the house. It will be like having different photos / pictures on the wall :)
So winter has arrived and the snows are there.
Very beautiful

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-12-19 10:19]
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Hi Annie
I'm breathless...
It's an amazing work... in colour, in light (absolutely magic), in composition, and in mood... what superb christmas mood. I love it.
Please accept my wishes of Merry Christmas and an Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-12-19 15:16]

Bonjour Annie

Wow! Looks like a Christmas card! A good high pov, with excellent sharpness, colour, & graphism. I like the 's' shape of the bay. Merci, et bon Noel!

Hello Annie,
Very lovely winter scene, the snow is beautiful, excellent composition and pov, superb sharpness and depth of field, well done.

Hi Annie,
What a stunning image vith a peaceful atmosphere.Great POV,lighting and panorama.TFS.


Hi Annie...nice details and winter tones...excellent composition.


Allo Annie.....Du vrai bonbon pour l'oeil.....
Quelle belle surprise..comme effet rendu.....
J'ai comme l'impression que le 1600 iso servira plus souvent.....
Bravo Annie....Magnifique...

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2008-12-20 23:11]

Wonderful sweet contrasted picture in light and colours ! TFS
Best regards

Hi Annie
Very nice shot, like a postcard.
Excellent lighting effects and great warm colors.
Fantastic composition and innvative frame.
Also many thanks for your kind visit.
Regards, Alireza.

Hi Annie,
Very very beautiful shot.
Best rgards,

Hi Annie,
Fantastic winter shot...
Depth and clarity are excellent.
I love it.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2008-12-21 12:42]

It's special, it has an artistic aspect. Original, différent et beau.


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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-12-21 21:01]

ISO=1600 does add a different effect.
Great view you have out of your door. Nice calming light mid-tones. A very harmonious atmosphere here. TFS. Karin

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-12-22 7:11]

Hi Annie
It's really lovely. White Christmas at its best.
My warmest wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year full of health, joy and ...fotos
Greetings from Greece

ah dont worry about the noise Annie. I know that you know, that is the last thing to ruin a photo. so never mind. noise or not, a good photo is a good photo! and this one is, well one of your authentic makings.

advance happy holidays!

i a n

Hello Annie.
This is excellent winter photo. Everything is so white...so beauty. It's like a painting.
TFS and greetings from Poland.

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-12-22 12:01]

Hello Annie,
what a winter wonderland you have here. So beautiful and perfectly photoraphed and presented.I love your description of your village sleeping under a warm eiderdown.
best Christmas wishes,

Bonjour Annie
Scène aux doux tons de pastels appliqué sur une toile de soie.
Vraiment une splendide présentation. On peut même apercevoir la
fumée s'échappant d'une des cheminées. Cette lumière d'après
tempête est vraiment spéciale. De la photographie à son meilleur.


J'aurais aimé voir l'originale sans le "Neat Image" pour comparer. Parfois le "bruit" peut créé une ambiance.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-12-22 21:07]

bonjour Annie

This version really has a different mood from what I have seen in your earlier post and winter is really with its own beauty. The storm has left a good view for you to compare the color tone and mood.

Quite interesting that I was also thinking of the clouds and nature for this theme. Happy year end holiday and season greeting.

tfs, bill

Hello Annie,
Well seen image and stunning composition.
You are a lucky woman. What a pretty scene. Thanks for sharing this nice shot

Selahattin E

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  • Kli Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 15 N: 199] (2054)
  • [2008-12-23 1:43]

Bonjour Annie,
Cette prise est magnifique. Elle est d'une finesse incroyable et pleine de subtilité par sa multitude de détails. Bravo.
Joyeux Noël !


Interesting colour scheme Annie.
good contrast of the sharp foreground against the blurred sea.

Best regards, Daniel

Hi Annie,

Neat Image can give a very painting like smooth finish to a picture - I do like it in this white landscape.
Lovely work and as you said light.


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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2008-12-23 23:41]

Hi Annie,
That sure looks cold, I like the sharpness of the foreground against the wintry sea and sky. Good framing too.
Compliments of the season to you,

HI Annie,
woooow - what a wonderful moment, so unreal and so beautiful, I like it so much, thanks.
Merry Christmas
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-12-24 2:54]

Bonjour Annie,
Bel effet après la tempête, la couleur donne un effet de surnaturel, j'aime beaucoup. Le tout dans une belle présentation accrocheuse. Passe de joyeuses fêtes!

Très belle photo.
Joyeux Noël à toi et ta famille.

What a wonderful image and perfect PP to make this a work of art. The composition is perfect, the title very good for the theme and the sepia adds a special mood. Well done!!



Hi Annie!

Nice photo! Very pleasure calm mood! Perfect colours!


Olá, Annie!

I have no words to describe what I see. It´s simply
wonderful! Excellent PP work! Great sharpness, POV,
light and colors. Well done job, dear Annie! TFS!!

Merry Christmas!!

Annie! It's utterly breathtaking, magic, photo with perfect light.I take off my hat to you!
Best regards,

Hi Annie.
You could also call it sharp and soft in harmony, to refer to the contrast between the cotton-wool like sky and the sharpness of the trees, church, township angles. I can see that it has been treated by Neat Image, but it's a pretty good image for 1600ISO. The touch of sepia has worked nicely to mellow the scene. A very appealing winter picture.

Allo Annie,
Tu devais trouver que la luminosité de ton appareil était sans limite mais tu as su avec Neat image redonner à ta photo toute sa beauté , fort belle composition malgré tout ! Tout un spectacle de voir cette neige recouvrir de son blanc manteau ton beau village, j'aime bien ! Bravo pour le travail de PP je n'aurais pas voulu manquer cette image ,
Bravo et un souhait de Bonne et Heureuse Année pour toi et les tiens , ne manques surtout pas de nous combler avec tes jolies photos sur TL en 2009 ,

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2009-01-13 12:21]

Hallo Annie; I thank you for the warm welcome on my picture. I cannot promise to stay, my intenions are not strong enough; I have time enough but not yet the energy. Your picture here shows your growth in professional direction; a wonderful calender view.
By Annie

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2009-01-16 23:08]

hello Annie
its a great shot with great composition.
TFS , view I'll never see here.
thanks for your nice comment on
"rest in red".

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2009-01-18 19:40]

Fantastic shot of this beautiful and unique scene. I love the clean white of the snow with the sepia and blue tones, all accented nicely by the contrasts of the lines and details. Top notch!

unusually beautiful scenery of the St. Laurent
and your exquisite village. very fine composition and subtle colours. T>Y> Janos

Hello Annie.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

jose Luis.

Juste superbe bravo

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