<< Previous Next >>

"Biting Cold"

Photo Information
Copyright: Linda Unger (shelbeesmom) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-05
Categories: Nature, Event
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 100mm F2.8 macro, Hoya PL-CIR 77mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The first of the day.(start20/10/09) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-08 5:36
Viewed: 2084
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an HDR shot of my favorite tree at Cody Park, on Lake Travis in Lago Vista, Texas. I have this tree in many of my gallery shots. It was bitter cold, probably below freezing, but the clouds were perfect and so my friends took me down to the lake, and while they sat in the truck (ha ha!) I stood out in the freezing wind to get some shots.
I took ONE image in RAW, converted to TIFF in three different ways, from average levels to darker each time. Then added some saturation and reduced to TL standards. Hope you like it!

parasbhalla, lilimih33, Jan9376, dilshan74, jean11-3, japiey, moli, MountainSpirit, docdexter, chrisJ, gcifromsocal, Beger has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekLens members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekLens members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Beger: Thanks Annie!shelbeesmom 1 12-15 21:01
To ttreen: B-)shelbeesmom 3 12-11 14:07
To trampas: Thanks Beetle!shelbeesmom 2 12-09 14:35
To Teresat: Thanks Teresa!shelbeesmom 1 12-09 13:31
To kickback: COLDshelbeesmom 1 12-08 20:25
To rewshearer: Dustshelbeesmom 1 12-08 11:32
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-08 5:44]

Hello Linda, very spectacular result. Well composed, good pp work. A fine image, good work.


Hi Linda,

An impressive capture with such a wonderful clarity!
I like the presence of "one man army" in this capture with such a great silhouette and the sun hiding behind this solo tree. Great use of the avaiable light and the rain clouds are superbly shown.

Simply a perfect work!

my compliments,

Hi Linda,
What an awesome photo, very impressive with good composition. Colors don't ask all nicely done. Thanks for sharing Linda and CONGRATULATIONS


Hello Linda!
Fantastic light and atmosphere!
Wonderful colours!
Nice point of view!
Excellent work!
Best regards!

Hello Linda,

great HDR shot - I really like the dramatic sky and the placement of the tree in front of the sun. Nice silhouettes and colours.

- Jan


Stunning exposure with amazing POV, composition and lighting! Love the warming colors and the HDR has painted some amazing clouds and light through the silhouetted tree. TFS!


superbe ambiance et très belle luminosité
belle composition

beau travail

Nicely laid out and composed, the sky adds drama as does the silhouette of the tree ... but... for me there is too much noise visible in the little lump that the tree is growing on. I think from my personal point of view I would rather that that area was left as shadow then trying to squeeze detail in there.

A very dramatic view of your favourite tree Linda.
Beautiful colours, and I love the sun just peeping out from behind the tree.
It is always interesting to read about the PP work that you have done.
Excellent work.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Great effect with the PP - a winner... I think you should award yourself a TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD for this one...
The clouds look great and with the sun backlighting the tree - well, it all adds up to make a stunner!!


Stunning colours and of course textbook composition.

Unless that's fog around the tree, the HDR here is a little patchy in places - but it's a technique that is still largely beyond me, so you have my respect for making this one work so beautifully!


  • Great 
  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2009-12-08 12:08]

Hi Linda,

It has a BIBLICAL touch !!
"And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light."

Amazing results.


  • Great 
  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-12-08 12:13]

Hi Linda,
Beautiful moody sky here, nice pp work with great colours and light. TFS

  • Great 
  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2009-12-08 13:07]

Hello Linda.
Wonderful view presented here. Captured at the golden hour tree looks amazing.
Janek Kloss

Wonderful shot of this landscape!
Nice contrast of lights. It looks hot instead of cold:)

Regards, Linda.

1st of all...wow...amazing.....again really perfect.i love the unusual hues to this......almost a sepia meets color......ok so how cold is cold? vancouver we are at a pleasant -6c. usually -10ish without wind is a typical clear blue day in the winter..however my x-drummer in edmonton.give me a break.....he has snow every halloween! there average clear day low is probably -20! hahaha- thats canada for ya..awesome to see the snow hit you even is just a little...............................later gater...............scott

Hi there!
A really great shot! Fantastic composition, lovely warm colours and a great HDR idea. Makes me want to fly there right now!
Well done and TFS!

  • Great 
  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-12-09 5:06]

Hello Linda

Missed this one. It snowed here in Korea on Tuesday, but melted quickly, before the sun came out. Good bonus of the added sunset to the solitary, silhouetted tree. Tfs!

Boa noite Linda
This is a very impressive and a superb composition with a superb light.
Do you know I believe you are one of the people who better skills to make the greatest photo. You have technical power and a good emotional mood.
For me this is superb!
Um abraço

  • Great 
  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-12-09 12:59]

from landscape point of view I call this a masterpiece Linda,the dark light is great


Hello Linda - This is a very dramatic composition with amazing lighting. Beautiful colors and interesting note.
Have good day,

hi linda.
you will have to take many more images if you want to better this.
your pp work has delivered a masterpiece, imho.
i hope i can take such an image tomorrow when douglas and i go off to the mountains.
a definite favourite.

whoa! a very surreal photo you made here mam' with a striking & powerful representation...



  • Great 
  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2009-12-11 11:32]
  • [+]

Hey Linda,
IMHO this shot looks so much better here then on FB and it look dam good before!!!!!!!!

I'll have to try to remember how you taught me to do that HDR

Really amazing colors and patience to wait for the sun to set behind that tree...


Hi, Linda -
Sorry, I've been absent and missed this one - spectacular! So many great elements, but I think the lone backlit tree and its shadow really are what grabbed me here. The dramatic sky is breathtaking. Great work with the HDR process to get such wonderful light and exposure. Well done!!

HI Linda..beautiful tones...great shot.


Oh Wow, Linda! You did exactly the right imaging with this photo. Exciting and dramatic lighting of a beautiful landscape/scenery photograph. A+1 Excellente!!!

JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

Linda, this shot is one of the best I have seen here on TL!!!
It looks wonderful, and is breathtaking. That is the only word I can use to describe it. Breathtaking.

Great colors, shadows, lighting, and POV. You happened to be there at the right time, and know how to do PP work.
Lovely shot!

  • Great 
  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-12-15 20:45]
  • [+]

Hi Linda,
I am speechless in front of this beauty!
I offer to you an admiring silence! It is worth a thousand words! Annie

I certainly do like it. Nice detail, colours, and lighting.

My last shot was tone mapped 7 bracketed exposures from a tripod. But I've found in quite a few cases outdoors it's been necessary to tone map from a single RAW file as you've done here. On windy days when trees are swaying, the tree tops are in different positions each time the shutter operates!

You've done very well to control noise in this single file shot.

  • Great 
  • Leica Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 54 N: 79] (3180)
  • [2009-12-21 14:33]

Lovely scene. Well represented.

Calibration Check